Just like Anui in the image below, we are in a difficult spot. As mentioned in our last post, we are staying in Melbourne while we wait for Wade’s Brachytherapy and follow up checks. It is going to take longer than we hoped.
Between our medical issues, the frustrations with boat maintenance, and the deteriorating state of Chris’s Dad, we have had a lot to deal with. You do need a sense of purpose and optimism about life overall to handle what is thrown at you. Our health and well being depends most on our attitude. We are keeping our chin up, but believe us, some days are harder than others.
Between Wade and Papa
Three and a half years after Wade was diagnosed with Prostate cancer, and 10 days after being told it is now time to take action, we have seen the Radiographer. The process of mapping the prostate and ordering the radioactive seeds from the US starts next week. The brachytherapy itself won’t happen for about three weeks and there will be follow ups afterwards for the next month. So we have extended our booking at the Yarra’s Edge Marina until mid April.
Waiting for the main event is a bit tough. Once you have made the treatment decision, you want to get on with it… and quickly! Waiting around is not our strong point. At least evenings at Yarra’s Edge are spectacular and Bengie appreciates the quiet time at the marina!
Those who know Wade will realise he takes things in his stride. Nothing much rattles him; he does not project too far ahead and is an optimist who does not let too many set backs get to him.
Those who know Chris will understand she is not as cool, calm and collected! A reason for being anxious is the fact Wade’s impending procedure coincides with the worsening condition of Papa back in France. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago and after two and a half years of chemo he is now in palliative care close to his family in Toulouse, but deteriorating rapidly. He has been hospitalised and it is unlikely he will return to his apartment. Morphine helps keep the pain at bay and there is some hope a blood transfusion will help him a little, but he is weak.
So there you have it, an impossible situation: a case of wanting to be in two places at once. We are praying for a few weeks’ breathing space so Chris can first be here for Wade and then see her Dad, but we don’t know whether we will get this. Have you ever been in such a situation? How did you manage?