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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells
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........ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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........ Louis Pasteur
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........ Rebecca Solnit
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........ Isabel Allende
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........ Harold Thurman Whitman
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........ Marcel Proust
"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway
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........ John Muir
"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch
"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin
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fulfilling a commission - what vignetting do you prefer and why?
13th Aug 2009, 21:45
On Tuesday I had the last of the FEC phase of chemo. In 19 days time I'll be half way through the regime which is great. I'm hoping that I have as few bad side effects from the taxotere as I did from the FEC but will have to wait and see.
Chemo Day was quite scary - I knew my neutrophils had been 0.4 from at least the Thursday before to the Sunday morning and had been told that it would either be delayed for a week or the dosage changed on Tuesday if they didn't improve. Also over the course of my incarceration it transpired that my veins are collapsing. That's not as dire as it sounds, but means getting any amount of blood out or any other stuff in is problematic. This should fix itself after chemo but isn't particularly useful right now.
The head of the oncology practice gave me a b*ll*cking for discharging myself, although I'd only have been kept in for another day anyway. I (believe I) knew what I was doing; for sure I wasn't displaying any of the symptoms of septicemia (a big risk for those on chemo) and am still taking the antibiotics just in case.
During the incarceration - apart from pain and bruising in the area around the catheter that was used for the antibiotics IV- I really did feel perfectly well and whenever possible left my phone number with the nurse and walked lap after lap around the hospital and adjoining mini park.
Another good thing came from this. Having been ill and exhibited that I'm at-risk, NHS deems me eligible for the drug that boosts bone marrow production of white blood cells and neutrophils. It's something I wanted from the start but not having a spare £2,000 per cycle couldn't afford to do it privately. Apparently you need to be taught how to jab yourself in the stomach with a 3mm needle so the nurse will be visiting on Saturday.
Good came on Chemo Day too. After delivering Sunday's shots for a front cover commission I have another photo-only commission from Dance Today. Since I'm not ill, get the drug I wanted anyway, didn't have to delay the chemo, am nearly half way through and am off to Trafalgar Square for a midnight shoot later this week I think I've experienced a net gain :)
There may have been no reception in the wards but the phonecam got a good workout in my hospital stay - here are some of the shots.
10th Aug 2009, 18:42
I got a temperature. Went to get it checked out and they decided to keep me in.
Wasn't that ill to start with and felt completely normal by the following morning despite less than 3 hours sleep because of waiting from 11:00pm to 4:45am to see a doctor.
But my neutropils were way down so they pumped me full of antibiotics 3 times a day till this morning. After a second conversation today's oncology registrar I discharged myself and went to Tango Al Fresco.
My neutropils aren't any higher but the white blood cell count is. This (and the temperature) may delay my next chemo.
I'll know more tomorrow when the other oncology registrar calls me :(
Part of a birthday present for my father. He asked that I share it with others so I am
and yes, you have seen some of these before
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