Friday, January 18, 2008

Capsule endoscopy

Well, Mathieu had his capsule endoscopy on Tuesday and managed to swallow the pill (seen in photo above) without any trouble. As a result of the concussion he suffered last Thursday, he has been getting headaches and feeling dizzy most of the week, so we will be consulting the neuro trauma unit at the Children's Hospital next week. They will assess him and determine when he will be ready to resume his sporting activities.

I am getting ready to go back to work. It's quite scary... I'll definitely need to go shopping for some clothes - I have to look at the positive sides to this... And, maybe get a weekend away before I go back; sort of run away from everything for a couple of days. Going back to work will either give me more confidence, or take away what little confidence or sanity I have left. I'll just have to pray for the best and trust that I can do this...

Richard has been resting his knees (no activities) this week. He had a hard time walking after last weekend's tournament. If the rest does not improve his situation, I will need to get him back to the orthopedic clinic and maybe they can suggest some physiotherapy or strengthening exercises that would help.

We will be celebrating Mathieu's birthday with a few friends tomorrow night. I will be taking them out for dinner and they will come back for a sleepover afterwards. Five 10 and 11 year olds in my basement... I don't know why we call them sleepovers; they don't usually get much sleep. God help me! The celebration is a week late, but like they say, better late than never.

That's it for now.

Take good care!



Anonymous said...


Hope the Birthday goes/went well.

Going back to work might seem a bit scary, but the people at Novartis are so nice and very supportative. It will be fine Renee. Chin up and keep up the spirits.


Anonymous said...

Hi Renee,

I think that going back to work will be good for you. Although it seems scary, you have a great support system at Novartis and especially within the Oncology group. I think you're probably more ready than you know. Getting back to a normal routine might be good for you. I'll be thinking of you and sending good vibes your way as you cross another hurtle.

Anonymous said...

Did they have to make the pill the size of an actual camera! Holy moly! Happy belated birthday to Mathieu; I hope he got many, many presents.
By now you will be back at work and hopefully it is providing you with some degree of normalcy. Take care all of you.

Lots of love,

Linda, Hannah, and Henry

Anonymous said...

Hello Renée:

I read your story in Canadian Living and was very moved. When my daughter was seventeen she found out she was pregnant when the doctor told her they would have to postpone chemo and radiation until after the baby was born. She had breast cancer. By the time she gave birth she had nine lumps in total, three the size of a golf ball under her arm, in her groin and on her breast. I search the net for an alternative treatment and put my daughter on msm and liquid oxygen. Her oncologist is aware of this treatment on told her to stay on them. She's twenty now and the cancer had not returned and neither did she go for any other treatments. May I suggest you reat and Also I would have him tested to see if he has a gluton intolerance and pull all wheat products if he does.

I'm sure you've gotten a lot of advise and I hesitated to send this to you. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Hi Renee
My husband has just been diagnosed with cancer. I would really like to go on a trip with my 3 boys and my husband. I read in the article in Canadian Living that you went on a trip to Cuba. Did you have health insurance for the trip? I could really use some guidance with this.