~ Poems of Love ~

The following poems have been written by me, for my husband Hamada, who suffered from Multiple Myeloma [IgG Kappa] a cancer of the plasma cells, which are found in the bone marrow. After many months of chemotherapy, contracting pneumonia twice, once given only twelve hours to live and having three bad fractures to his spine and also showing in his Pelvis, he made it to four years seven months. The Multiple Myeloma attacked his Kidneys first showing at diagnosis in May 2006 leaving Hamada only a small percentage of kidney function. He never complained, using his most amazing smile even when I knew he had severe pain. Hamada underwent a Stem Cell Transplant using his own 'harvested stem cells' . During October 2007 he spent seventeen days in the "Centre For Clinical Haematology" at Nottingham City Hospital UK. where he achieved this transplant. We had a scare at six months after transplant, when told 'the beast was back' but subsequent tests showed a partial remission. Again in early 2009 it was confirmed that Hamada was out of remission He fought again during 2010 with newer chemo type drugs. First with Velcade and then with Revlimid but to no avail. His Kidneys were failing further and Hamada chose not to have dialysis. This blog contains poems and updates, written for Hamada, telling of our life together.
Now a beautiful book has been published, see http://www.susiehemingway.com/books/
showing Hamada's personal fight against Multiple Myeloma in the first fifty 'poems of love' written by me his wife. I hope you like these poems of love and also 'our story' dedicated to Hamada, who passed away peacefully at home on 23 November 2010 after a most courageous fight against Multiple Myeloma.

20 November, 2010

Such A Difficult Time.

The terrible headache which has been with Hamada for a week now, has become too much for him to bear. Yesterday he was prescribed control release Morphine and also liquid morphine for extra support. As we are now back with our own local GP, he is of the opinion that this headache is being caused by the lowering of kidney function even further. The kidneys will have course, taken a great strain during the recent blood and platelet transfusions even though great care was taken to transfuse really slowly ( 6 Hours ). Hamada has been in such great pain from this headache which cannot be allow to continue, hence the Morphine being started yesterday. All the family are here this weekend which is a great support. So much joy they all bring with them and they have been quietly chatting for short times with Hamada and the delight shows on his dear face as he enjoys seeing them so much. We are being spoilt as we have both had recent birthdays, wonderful days all together...just being...

10 comments:

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Susie,

I am glad Hamada has got good pain relief and some respite from the awful headache.
Prayers redoubled for you both, and lots of hugs.

Jean said...

Birthday blessings to you both.
Hoping the morphine does its job and brings more relief.
Hugs to you both.

Barbara said...

Susie.. you are both in my thoughts and I am sending my prayers for the ease in pain.. so glad family is with you both.. please squeeze Hamada's hand for us, you have touched our hearts..

Dianne said...

I do hope the morphine and being with family provides sweet relief for Hamada. I know how hard these times are, Susie. Bless you as you work to bring comfort to your dear man. You're in my thoughts always ♥

Sandy said...

I join the many who are sending you blessings and uplifting energy right now and know that I am sending Reiki energy Hamada's way in further support...

goodbloodbadblood said...

Susie;

Know that here in Oregon, halfway around the world from Hemingway, friends are thinking of you and Hamada.

We wish you both peace and comfort.

John

feresaknit said...

Headaches suck - there's no pain quite like it for making me want to lie down on the settee. Other pain I've had, although bad, had peaks and troughs but headaches/migraines just sit there and refuse to budge and somehow make it harder to concentrate on things. I hope H is feeling better and that you had lovely birthday weekend. xx

Roobeedoo said...

Hoping the pain will reduce and things improve.
Hugs
xx

Michael Morse said...

Every good family has its' share of headaches. I'm glad yours is there to share Hamada's.

Lileng said...

I regularly come by your site to see how H is doing. Hope and pray for medication to help ease the pain. Despite what you you are going through, you are still cheerful and thankful. You are strong... stay strong for H.

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