…so you were invited to take part in a clinical trial where you had a different drug?
Yes, Reolysin, okay, which was combined with a virus, which went on for five months of going in there every day for three, for three weeks, then having a week off, and then another three weeks and a week off, going in on a daily basis.
When you say it was combined with a virus, was that injected or was it a vaccine?
It was a virus that was injected, yes. The nurses that gave you the treatment were, they have to lock the doors of the place to stop people coming into the room, and they had to be suited and booted with a mask and everything else because of the virus, etcetera.
I was told that it would be arduous, and that was an understatement. Arduous was more, it was more than arduous. It was, my nails all come out, my finger nails, all went poison. My hair come out, I remember driving along and opening the car window and my hair done a, all come in a whirlpool and went out the window. All in like all in, after one of the treatments, and I thought, “Oh that’s great.” But my finger nails all went poison.
What do you mean, went poison?
They went, they just went black and poison, and pus appeared underneath the fingernails. So I had to have those cut off. Then I had, the poison went up my arms, okay, so I had to go back into hospital and have those, have my finger nails removed, from a plastic surgeon. Feeling very, very sick, and this went on for about five months, of that, and it was just the last bit of the treatment and they just couldn’t do the last month of it.
I had an, I had a bad episode during the chemotherapy, the trial, where the integrity of the veins collapsed in my tummy and they started to bleed. And this was another part of the side effects of it, and I had internal bleeding, which was scary because I lost quite a lot of blood.
Which trial was that?
This was, this was the, this was the trial with the virus, the one that’s every day for three weeks, and then a weeks break. That that scared me and I’ve not been scared all the time on that, I’m quite philosophical about what I’ve got etcetera okay.
But that scared me because it seemed quite imminent, imminent that something had gone wrong, because my blood pressure dropped and at first I’d seen one doctor by my bed, then two, and then I remember, what’s the name, there was four. And, and then, and then the Professor that was looking after us trying to get a tube into my veins to give me some blood, okay. And then I got the feeling, “Ah something’s really quite wrong here, you know.” And it was because of the internal, internal bleeding into, into my tummy.