Just a quick update for FL's fan club ; )
He was back at the hospital for his monthly Haematology appointment today.
Nothing to report re myeloma. Everything is "normal" in the standard blood test: white cells, haemoglobin, calcium, potassium - you name it, it is "fine". However, they haven't done a Freelite test since November, so blood was taken for that today and sent off to Birmingham - results in a month's time.
He admitted to me this morning that his mouth is giving him trouble and has been for about two weeks. I knew this, because he has been avoiding kissing me! I ask him every day how he is... and he prevaricates. But knowing he was going to the hospital today, he gave in and told me the truth - sigh!
In his words: his dodgy canine tooth is very loose and painful but this is not as bad as the terrible taste and smell he has in his mouth and in his head. He says it feels like his face and jaw are rotting away.
In my observation: yes, there is a terrible smell. Something like stale coffee grounds mixed with mothballs mixed with blocked toilets. The dog and the bin have both been blamed in the last week. Sorry if you have just eaten.
I asked him why he hadn't admitted this earlier, because he could have rung the dental unit at the hospital for an urgent appointment if he needed to? He just looked shifty and said he thought it could wait til his appointment, which is scheduled for this Friday (27 January).
So today he told his Haematology Doctor about the taste / smell / pain. She looked confused and rummaged through his file. It would appear that the Maxillofacial Unit has STILL not written to Haematology to tell them their diagnosis. The Doctor asked what had been said at the dental appointment. I explained that they thought he had a mild case of osteonecrosis of the jaw. The Doctor said: "But osteonecrosis is horrendous!"
Oh. Um. Awkward moment!
She regathered herself and said she was sure the Maxillofacial Specialist would sort him out on Friday. But you know when someone's mouth is saying one thing while their eyes are saying something else? Yeah. That look.
So roll on Friday, I suppose.