The Soft-focus Medusa Meets the Chicken Thief

Published by: Barb on 21st Apr 2017 | View all blogs by Barb

It took me by surprise this week to find out it's been six months since the treatment I had in hospital. Treatment that I was so wonderfully supported through by you fabulous Cloudie folk who helped so much with your uplifting comments and humour about brown snakes and yellow foods.

(Blogged about here for anyone who missed it and is interested:

Yesterday I went for the six month how-are-we-going chat and a discussion of what needs to be done to get ready for the second half of the treatment in October. It's been a bumpy ride at times, especially the first couple of months without a full-capacity immune system, but the human mind has an amazing ability to forget what we have to deal with once it's over.

This treatment is designed as a pause button. It basically stops you getting any worse, so the session was to look at the symptoms I had at the time of treatment and to hopefully see them stabilising. Any improvements are to be celebrated as bonuses.

There were twelve issues I was dealing with. There is now one remaining.

Apart from being totally gob-smacked, I've been in this stunned state of realising that I feel quite well. It has snuck up on me. I think my focus has been on the interesting issues that come with improving. Because I'm walking better I'm having aches and cramps from using my muscles how they were designed to be used. Because my hair is growing back in I have pieces that are joyfully springing forth and curling in any direction that they damn well please. I know how Medusa would have felt, although in fairness, I can probably achieve more with leave-in conditioner that she could.

As well as the physical assessment there was also the science. At this stage the white blood cell count should have rebuilt itself from 0% up to around 45%. I have been able to carry around a smug, over-achiever type air as my count is at 58%.

Then yesterday was topped off by the meeting of a lovely service dog, who sat next to me in the waiting room. A poodle crossed with a golden retriever - a groodle, her coat was like a pale cream sheep's fleece. This sort of thing:

I mentioned to her human how lovely the dog was.

Human: 'She's in disgrace.'

I looked at the dog who seemed to be wearing a doggie grin. She wasn't concerned about her status. And there was a bit of pride in her human's voice as her exploit was recounted.

The dog had gone into the kitchen during the night and opened the fridge where she had dragged out a large Tupperware container. She had then taken off the lid and eaten the roast chicken inside, bones and all. This had ended in a trip to the vet. Then her human gave the concession that if a dog is smart enough to call an ambulance then liberating a mid-night snack was nothing.

The dogs eyes met mine. She had an expression that said 'it was just one sodding chicken but that's it - branded for life'. But her grin still said she was amused by it.



  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 year ago
    Hi, Barb, 58% ... wow, thats definitely something to celebrate. So, so pleased things are on the up for you. Trying to imagine Medusa using stay-in conditioner - all I can see is shiny, limp snakes...he he.

    Loved the picture and story of the groodle, clever dog.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 year ago
    Really pleased for you, Barb. WELL DONE. May you stride ever upward.
  • Jill
    by Jill 1 year ago
    Yes, so pleased for you, Barb. 'Onwards and upwards'. And, yes, what a clever dog. :)
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 year ago
    All good then. Splendid.
  • JtF
    by JtF 1 year ago
    Goodness -- glad to hear you are on the mend. Get those Go Go boots out for Eurovision.
    This calls for something a little stronger than Eagle Rock - here's a link to Empire of the Sun
    All best JtF
  • Barb
    by Barb 1 year ago
    Thank you for all the good wishes! And the soundtrack.
  • Janeshuff
    by Janeshuff 1 year ago
    Great news, Barb, especially the part about how feeling well has taken you by surprise. Hugs from me to you and a cuddle for the dog if you see him again
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 1 year ago
    Loving the smug, over-achieving air. Flaunt it! :-)
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 1 year ago
    Great news, Barb! So pleased to hear things are looking this much up. Lovely groodle story. I met a spoodle recently - equally cute.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 year ago
    Grinning here, so heart-warming. Well done, not least for your attitude to the shit life dealt you - you certainly saw it off.
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 1 year ago
    Smiling all over for you - as much as the groodle. Even in adversity, you never lose your wry humour and unexpected take on what life throws at us. :)
  • Bric
    by Bric 1 year ago
    What a lovely piece, and such good news! Made me smile.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    So pleased to hear you are much better. xx
  • Debi
    by Debi 1 year ago
    This has made me really happy. xx
  • Barb
    by Barb 1 year ago
    More lovely comments! Thank you fabulous Cloudies.
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 1 year ago
    Just read this and so pleased to hear your news.
    I seem to have either a collenco or maybe it's a podollie.
    Whatever she is, she's as mad as a box of frogs.
    As the dog said, 'It is just one sodding chicken'.
    Hope you keep on feeling better and recounting your tales with your 'wry humour' as SecretSpi says.
  • Joyful
    by Joyful 1 year ago
    Sorry Barb, just discovered you so please accept my huge congrats on getting in the right frame of mind to conquer. Fingers crossed that Life WILL become kinder.
  • Giselle
    by Giselle 1 year ago
    Bravo Barb, for your humour, your overachieving white blood cells and for the groodle account. So happy you're feeling better!
  • Barb
    by Barb 1 year ago
    You're all just lovely! Thank you.
  • Mezz
    by Mezz 1 year ago
    58% is great. You grin must be as wide as that naughty dog's !
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