Timing is everything

Feeling a bit fed up if I’m totally honest. I probably shouldn’t be as I’ve had what has been a pretty great ‘post transplant’ year with no hiccups and no illnesses.

But, on Monday night I started to feel ill with a sore throat and cough which got worse as the night went on. I was gutted as I was meant to be doing my last long training ride in advance of cycling 300 miles in 4 days next week. Everything I’ve done in the past 8 months has been heading towards this point.

I spent yesterday in bed or in front of tv. I’m still coughing today. But what has really hacked me off, is that this morning my back started throbbing at the base. And I mean really throbbing. It wasn’t too bad at first, but then it got so bad it felt like those labour pains that you have in your lower back. I was nearly in tears accepting our Tesco shop – to the point the carpenter we had in doing our staircase, brought all the boxes through for me.

Thankfully it has eased slightly since that point and I’m back to it just hurting when I get up and sit down. But it’s not great news. I do wonder whether I’m worse now when I’m not cycling. Perhaps the cycling actually stretches out muscles that can’t cope otherwise. If I can shake the sore throat, I’ll try and get out for a short ride over the weekend to test it out.

I shouldn’t really be disappointed at the moment. I’m still waiting for the official job offer but I’ve managed to secure a role as a Community Fundraiser for a charity that I really believe in. It’s the first role I have gone for since my time at RDMCC so I’m so excited to have got it! It’s fulltime which will be a challenge in itself – I haven’t worked fulltime since before Rebecca was born!! 17 years! But I think I’m ready for it mentally – just need to see if my body can keep up!! Thankfully it’s home based and they’re pretty flexible by the looks of things.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed that everything improves over the next few days. I will be SO upset if I can’t do this ride next week. In fact I’m not sure that even begins to cover how I’ll feel. So much work has gone into it and not just from me but also the group of people who will be cycling with me. Must get well. Must get well. Must get well.



About Deb Gascoyne

I am wife of one, mother of two (& a dog!) and a person in my own right😊. I have used my diagnosis of myeloma to allow me to focus on what I CAN achieve and not what I can't. My blog is a way of me spilling out....it is for me more than you I'm afraid. But if it helps you along the way, that is an absolute bonus for me :-) Diagnosed in 2009 with smouldering myeloma, I started treatment in 2010 and had a SCT in 2011. I’ve was on maintenance until November 2018 but my figures went up so officially relapsed. I have been on dara since 2019 and had my second transplant in September 2020. Still on dara and keeping fingers crossed.
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2 Responses to Timing is everything

  1. Oh Deb that’s rough. I’m guessing you’ve checked with a covid test too 🤞🏻Can you do some serious stretching at home? There are sessions on YouTube to try. Hope you feel better soon x


  2. Margaret Jackson says:

    Chin up, Deb! I have had a bad throat for three days now and am feeling hacked off too! but keep on dreaming! Lots of love as always!! M xx


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