Back After A Long Break

Preston's Avenham Park, taken by me
Preston, England
February 13, 2021 1:09pm CST
Gosh I have been away much longer than I thought. Thank you to everyone for messages of concern and worry for me. Initially I drifted away as there was very little traffic on Mylot, and in fact there still isn’t really. The lockdown measures then curtailed much going out, quite necessarily given the threat from the virus. My diary pages would have amounted to stayed in, or went shopping,, wearing the appropriate masks of course. . As you know I post many images of pubs but they are closed due to the pandemic. I had little to do but stay in and read. Then in August, disaster struck and I found that I’d caught he big C. No, not Covid, the other one, Cancer, bowel cancer to be precise. I was getting short of breath even after short shopping trips. I put it aside as a temporary blip for weeks until I ended up sat on a bench yards from home unable to walk further without gasping for air. It was pouring with rain but I couldn’t move for a while. I got home and called my doctor who saw me a few days later. While I was convinced it was my lungs he seemed more worried about my bowels. Yes, I hadn’t used the loo much for a while but my appetite was fine. He told me that bowel cancer chews up blood cells vital to oxygenating the blood, so my breathing was just taking in a lot of empty air. I notified family and friends, and went through many tests, including X-Rays, CAT scans, a Colonoscopy, a test of my breathing involving an exercise bike, several blood tests and Covid tests before my big operation on December 2nd. I was warned that the op itself was life threatening but without it I was as good as dead so I consented. It seemed to go well, and I was put in intensive care for close monitoring but a few days later they found that some of my interna stitching was coming apart so I had to have a second operation. This time I came round with an operation entry wound the size of a Magnum 44 bullet exit point and a stoma bag as the route to my rectum normally taken by my body waste was now dammed. It took eight weeks of drip feeds, endless tests and immobility with occasional walks round the ward (followed by nurses holding my drip feeds). I was in way past Xmas and New Year and got out on January 18th. I now have my wound dressing changed daily by district nurses. The stomas are changed by me but I’m limited in what I can do. Many people helped me enormously. There were a few idiots along the way too, even in the NHS but most of them were exceptionally helpful. Also a great deal of support from neighbours, friends, family and the online community. I hope now to get back to some semblance of normality and posting on here too. Thank you for missing me. As to the Covid, stay safe wherever you are. Arthur Chappell
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@RebeccasFarm (22448)
• Denver, Colorado
13 Feb
Arthur..I was just thinking of you not an hour ago. Bless you I am so sorry to hear all this, but so happy to see you again. You are very strong to endure all that. I wish continuing improvement to you at this time too. I also hope your Mother is okay.
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• Preston, England
13 Feb
my mum is fine, thanks - she is very saddened by what is happening to me naturally
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• Denver, Colorado
13 Feb
@arthurchappell Very good she is fine. Yes naturally saddened
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@JudyEv (239081)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
Thanks for the suggestion, my friend.
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@thelme55 (64152)
• Germany
13 Feb
Welcome back! You have fight for many challenges you encountered in your life. I am glad you are doing well now. God bless you.
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@Nevena83 (58181)
• Serbia
13 Feb
Nice to see you here again.
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@NJChicaa (95492)
• United States
13 Feb
I'm so happy that you are healthy now!!!!!
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@CarolDM (117932)
• Nashville, Tennessee
13 Feb
Good to see you. Sorry about the health issues. Glad you have had help though this ordeal. Take care of yourself.
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@jaboUK (63559)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb
Hello Arthur, sorry to read about the reason for your absence, and I hope you continue on your road to recovery. Will the stoma bag be permanent? It must be very inconvenient.
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• Preston, England
13 Feb
they might consider removing the need for the stomas in ten years but i'll be 69 then so I may not go for another gruelling operation then @jaboUK
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@jaboUK (63559)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb
@arthurchappell Oh I see, you'll just have to put up with it then. I suppose it's a small price to pay for still being alive.
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• Preston, England
14 Feb
@jaboUK yes I am getting more used to it
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@LeaPea2417 (30412)
• Toccoa, Georgia
13 Feb
I really did just think of you two days ago. I'm praying for you, praying you will truly conquer this Cancer.
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• Preston, England
14 Feb
@LeaPea2417 they are confident they got the cancer but I have to be closely monitored for it for five years
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@akalinus (35518)
• United States
13 Feb
I have missed you. I'm sorry that you are dealing with such a serious illness. Welcome back home to myLot.
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@paigea (33289)
• Canada
13 Feb
Welcome back. I am very sorry for your illness. It sounds like you are managing all the challenges. I hope you continue to strengthen.
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@edisondanila (38503)
• Philippines
13 Feb
Welcome back home to myLot my friend.
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@Fleura (14033)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb
My goodness what a lot you have been through in that time! Good to see you again and glad you sound quite chirpy and are making a good recovery.
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@popciclecold (16668)
• United States
13 Feb
You went through a lot. Take care of yourself, welcome back. You were missed.
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@Dena91 (11254)
• United States
13 Feb
I am sorry for all you endured over these past few months. Thankful you are on the road to recovery. Wishing you the best.
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@ptrikha_2 (29474)
• India
14 Feb
You have indeed gone through a lot of problems. At times, what seems minor can become a big problem. Yet in these Covid times, we are at times hesitant to go and get medical checkups done. Did the doctors tell as to why this cancerous stage occurred? Lifestyle, pre-existing conditions or diet?
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@ptrikha_2 (29474)
• India
15 Feb
@arthurchappell May be that condition had some impact?
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@ptrikha_2 (29474)
• India
15 Feb
@arthurchappell I wish you best of the health going forward.
@LadyDuck (326668)
• Switzerland
14 Feb
Hello Arthur, I am so glad of your come back to myLot, I do not check my FB account often (it is a pain using a computer after they changed to the new format). I am glad to know that you healing process is on the right track now. It has been long, I hope that you will get stronger and no more in pain. Take care.
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• Preston, England
14 Feb
I hope so too, and thanks for reminding me of the community here at Mylot (Our-Lot) @LadyDuck
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@LadyDuck (326668)
• Switzerland
14 Feb
@arthurchappell Some asked your news, this is a nice community. Take care of yourself Arthur.
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Feb
I'm glad you are pulling through your ordeal. It sounds like it might be awhile before your in to form again but I hope your healing goes well and that your can get back into your life again.
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• Preston, England
13 Feb
@MarshaMusselman that is pretty much my plan, thanks
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@JudyEv (239081)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
Wonderful to see your name again. I'm sorry about all your troubles. My sister went through this not long ago but has been given the all clear now. I hope you continue to do well.
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@Shiva49 (18892)
• Singapore
14 Feb
That was a close shave for sure Arthur. I am happy you are finding your way back. I knew you were not active here for a while but took it were busy otherwise. Take care and I wish you a fast recovery.
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@ptrikha_2 (29474)
• India
15 Feb
@Shiva49 At times I feel like being in a virtual family here. We might not be responding to many posts but do figure out if someone has been inactive for a long time. Arthur has gone through a very tough time and my wishes are with him.
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@ptrikha_2 (29474)
• India
15 Feb
@Shiva49 Yes health matters a lot.
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• Austin, Texas
15 Feb
flower
Oh my goodness! Now I am ashamed of myself. I just finished complaining about not having a good day. After reading your post, I wonder if I should go back and delete the post. I am so glad you are strong enough to give us an update on your condition. I have not been active here so I did not really notice your absence. Glad you got the help you needed. You're right. Cancer is "the other Big C". You stay safe as well.
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• Preston, England
15 Feb
@cmoneyspinner there's more than one way to have a bad day
@ptrikha_2 (29474)
• India
15 Feb
@cmoneyspinner At times we do whine about this and that and then we see or read something and then realize our blessings. This post has made me think of my blessings as well.
@kaylachan (13615)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Feb
Glad you've returned, and hopefully in better health. Cancer is not fun. (Not that I would know), but you survived so that's saying something.
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• Preston, England
14 Feb
@kaylachan thanks not fun at all - I have seen it claim many family and friends over the years
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