A short update

I thought I’d put a brief piece online, mainly in order to prevent the comments section from getting too long and unwieldy. There’s certainly a great deal going on right now politically, but I am still preoccupied by family matters. Having thought a few days ago that my mum had only a very short time left, the doctors are now telling us she is not yet at the end of her life. The immunotherapy had been working, there are no new cancerous lesions and one of the existing ones had actually shrunk, but my mum was having a very adverse reaction to the treatment so the doctors have reluctantly come to the conclusion that there is no more that they can do and they have to allow the cancer to take its course. They will keep her comfortable and pain free, but that is all they can do. They have confirmed that there is no prospect of her getting home as her care needs are now beyond what the family can provide.

My mum is in a very poor way, she is hardly eating and has only brief periods of consciousness which are getting shorter and fewer. She seems to be deteriorating rapidly. The doctors cannot say how much longer she will go on like this, it could be days, it could be weeks. It’s all very distressing and worrying for the family, so I’m sure you will appreciate that I have other things on my mind just now, not politics. I visited her in the hospital yesterday, and was very upset to see how much she had deteriorated in the few days since I’d last been able to get to the hospital. I have good friends who are giving me lifts there as I cannot get there myself due to my own mobility problems, and my other half is currently in the USA visiting his family, but it upsets me that the disability caused by the stroke means I can’t do more for an amazing woman who has done so much for me.

The blessing is that my mum does not seem to be in any pain, and she scarcely seems aware of what’s going on, so she’s not in distress. The hospital staff are unfailingly kind and attentive and I can’t praise them enough.

I will be back blogging as soon as I can, but in the meantime there is plenty going on in the dystopian world of British politics to keep you going in the comments section.


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