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27 Minutes, Minus 2


My trip to UCLH a fortnight ago was not a miracle, an exception to the rule, something stranger than fiction. Today, two whole weeks on, I was in, bled, injected and out in 25 minutes, well in would have been 25 minutes if I had not faffed around with wanting to speak to my CNS, to curb a serious bout of paranoia.

I cannot handle this change. 25 minutes does not afford me time to win over the people sitting next to me with my wit, it does not give me time to eavesdrop on the Medically Trained People’s conversations and it certainly does not allow me sufficient time to appreciate the new Doctor’s broad shoulders. It’s not even enough time to drink a cup of tea.

Change is difficult. Change is tough. Change does have to be managed. That is why, 40 minutes later, I am still in the building, finishing my cup of tea, looking at people walking by and fabricating conversations with the people next to me. Plus, in the Support section, they are playing some banging Christmas tunes. Bonus.


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Twenty Seven Minutes

Stop what you are doing and open your mouths…. Daycare has managed to get my blood tested, obs done and velcade injected in a record time of 27 minutes. What have you achieved in 27 minutes today? Probably not what the Macmillan Cancer Centre has. That is correct, they did the deed in 27 whole minutes. Twenty seven minutes. It’s a record, it has to be. I was in and out of the building in 32 minutes. That is a world record.

Congratulations to the second floor, you clever Medically Trained People, you. After 41 injections, I never thought I would see the day, when I saw an Elephant fly. I barely had time to enjoy my big red chair.

It really is a new dawn… Well, until next fortnight at least.

Twenty seven minutes. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief, a massive, eleven minutes later.


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