– from Larry’s Lens (Larry McCafferty, in Shirley)
Hey there. Just a word or two from me! I am a cancer patient, one of the many with Colon Cancer. And I live in Shirley, BC… I am very fortunate that I am able to receive the Chemotherapy I need to see if we can’t beat this thing!
The one drawback (well one of them) is that Sooke hasn’t a hospital or a health care facility large enough to house such a thing… so that means that four times a month I have to make the journey to the Royal Jubilee Hospital where the BC Cancer Clinic is, once for my treatment and I also come in the day before my treatment to get my blood work done (make sure it still does) so they can make sure the mix is right! Sort of like a Sushi Chef! Wouldn’t want a bad mix!
There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about Hwy 14, and seeing as that is the route I must travel, I thought that I would record a trip. I am sure that a great percentage of the people who hear about it… have never been out here. Or if they have it was when they first moved here… and have never been back to see all the changes!
Well here is a journey that begins at 12:27 pm on the 25th day of January, 2018 in front of Shirley Delicious… after I had to go back and pick up Cedric, (my wooden bear that I made just before all this started! I must have known I would be in need of a support crew! ) and he was very unhappy with me for forgetting him… didn’t say a word the whole way in! But in we went … to Victoria and the RJH…
I do hope you read this before watching… that parkade is a little quick! I always like to park on the top floor so it takes a little time at normal speed! If you get the dizzies… you will probably want to fast forward that part… hmmm… wouldn’t that make it worse?
From there I wander over to the ward and absorb another round… or at least the beginning of it… I also take home a bottle of chemo which keeps pumping over the next 2 days… then I get to pull that all out and spend the next 2 weeks getting ready to do it again! Probably “the” worst thing about this chemo I get… it gives you egg burps! “The” worst!
And then there is the trip home…. I have left all the traffic lights at normal speed, but I did boost the crawl by 1400% so it takes the time it should! It makes the sunset look better too! Another car provided some tunes to crawl by so I set the length of the crawl to the length of their stay beside me!!
After the crawl there is a brief stopover to get growlies for the van (at 1.36.9 p/l !) There was a little bit left over for me to get some too!
Then there is the trip back to Shirley… in the rain… in the dark.
There wasn’t anything out of the ordinary about the drive… just the rain and the headlights! There isn’t much to see except the road… and so long as you can do that … Bob’s your uncle!
I finally got home at 7:00 and that’s it for another couple of weeks… This first week isn’t much fun.. But I’m betting it’s funner than the alternative! By the end of the second week I’m ready to tackle the road again!
The whole Island has to come to Victoria for this treatment … although I do believe they have a clinic in Nanaimo … but for the most part… it’s Victoria or Vancouver.
So this is not a “poor me” video…
It’s a Lucky me one!
Lucky that they have done the research that has kept me alive these past 5 years…
Lucky that there is a Clinic within easy reach…
And Lucky that Hwy 14 is there… the way it is and the way I’m sure it will become!
And hey! Lucky that there is a Facebook page out there like Meanwhile in Sooke who doesn’t mind me posting all of the stuff I do! I’m sure it was just an oversight on the government’s part…They forgot to put the MIS stickers on their signs…so I added them in… because I think that they do an awful lot of good for Sooke!
Thanks for looking