My year long sick leave is over. I have been signed back for to work. This has meant an end to ESA (Employment Support Allowance) and a move to JSA (Job Seekers Allowance). This is something I want to be on for as short a time as possible. Being on benefits is a bit soul … Continue reading Barrier
A year ago I was living in Mwanza. In fact, though I did not know it at the time, this day (April 1st) would be my last full day in Tanzania. A year ago tomorrow we would be heading off for a holiday in Kenya. However, Easter is a moveable feast and as such has … Continue reading One Year
Last week I had what was undoubtedly the best renal consultation in a year. I had scheduled a day of appointments with a visit to my new renal consultant at 9am followed later in the day by a scheduled appointment with my Haematology consultant at 1:15. It made for a long, but ultimately productive day, … Continue reading Zero Coke and Minimum Pepsi
Time ticks on and there has been little to say in recent weeks. Both my wife and I remain off work on sick leave, following her heart attack and my slow recovery from the stem cell transplant. We both are recovering well and have started to do a little more as we gear up for … Continue reading Where I’m At
As part of assessing my progress post transplant, today it was necessary to take a bone biopsy. This is standard procedure in Milton Keynes where I am now registered. It takes place three months after stem cell transplant. It is not the first time I have had this done. Way back in April last year, … Continue reading Dem Bones
It never rains but it pours. This English idiom describes the fact that just when you think it can't get worse something else comes along to make you re-evaluate your thinking. Such has been the past 48 hours or so.
Today is my birthday and just as the year has turned, the turning of my age marks a new beginning. In other ways too it's a new beginning as this morning I have met with my new consultant in MK having transferred from Lincoln. They plan to monitor me monthly for the time being - … Continue reading New Beginnings
This post is scheduled for 9pm UK time which is coincident with the start of the New Year in Tanzania. 2017 is not a year I want to remember in so many ways and yet it will be hard to forget it too. It ended much the same way as it was spent i.e. in … Continue reading What a Year!
It had to happen eventually. I rather wish it hadn't happened at Christmas. In recent weeks I've been getting ready for the festivities. Present and food shopping and decorating the house. Making use of the extra time I have this year as I continue to recover from the effects of the chemotherapy. In the last … Continue reading Christmas Cold
Having moved back to MK at the beginning of December, I am now registered at a local GP and have an appointment in the New Year for a consultation in MK General Hospital. However, this morning I am back in Clinic 7 at Lincoln County Hospital for one last appointment. This scheduled appointment is really … Continue reading One Last Time
Today is a day of celebration. It's Mum's birthday and I won't say how many years. It also marks the end of my time in Lincoln as later this weekend I will return to MK. I can't express how grateful I am to Mum for providing a home for me over much of these past … Continue reading Mum
Today was a bit of an anti-climax. I was scheduled to visit the Renal department at Lincoln County Hospital to look at the options for dialysis, should the need arise. Though this is something I am hoping will not happen I nonetheless thought it best to be informed. I arrived at 9.40 and was seen … Continue reading Time Waster
It has been a fortnight since I left hospital and for now I remain in Lincoln. The plan however is to return to MK at the weekend and transfer medically to that region. Life has been somewhat mundane and little has happened. Time has blurred. I have been on several walks in the local nature … Continue reading Still Here!
It's just over a week since I was released from hospital. It has been great to be out. After the excitement of the trip to A&E last weekend the rest of the week was uneventful as my temperature returned to normal. On Thursday I visited my consultant back in Lincoln. She was very pleased with … Continue reading So Irritating
One of the strangest outcomes of my recent chemotherapy is the effect upon my appetite and tastes. This maybe partly due to the hospital food, which was not particularly appetising. However, during my most neutropenic period I lost all desire for food. One of the effects of the Melphalan is to strip the lining of … Continue reading Changing Tastes