This week's photo challenge:Delta is all about transitions. So here is my contribution. Birds in transition. Taken over the past few years in the UK and in Africa - these birds taking off and landing.
Today I have met with my consultant. We meet every three weeks at the end of a chemotherapy cycle. A chance to touch base and reflect on progress. I have just completed my third cycle of chemotherapy and so approximately half way through the process or so I believed. It turns out that I have … Continue reading Progress
In the English vernacular" I'm knackered". After three days out of the last four days on the road I'm exhausted. A sign of my illness no doubt as well as the variable sleep patterns over the weekend. I had enough energy to walk to the doctor for my weekly INR this morning where my blood … Continue reading Day of Rest
These past three days we've been on a journey. Travelling south to visit family. A chance to touch base. We left Lincoln on Saturday (Mum and I) heading down to Oxfordshire to my in-laws where we celebrated my sons 19th Birthday on Sunday. Then yesterday we headed with my son up to London where we … Continue reading Family
It's nice to get away. To break the shackles of the chemotherapy weeks. The biweekly trips to clinic 7 and Ingham award which force me to be in Lincoln. Every third week is a week off - it's a small respite as Instill need to visit my consultant on Thursday but it frees up the … Continue reading Out of Routine
The blackbird chirps away behind my window. Gladly greeting the morning. Regret not taking the sleeping tablet. It's been a steroid sleep. Wakeful hours. Toilet trips. Soon the midsummer sun will rise. A new day. An Abingdon day. Here to celebrate. A birthday. Nineteen Years on. Happy Birthday Son!
People often say that I look well and in many ways I feel healthy and look reasonably well, but Myeloma can be a deceptive disease. Deep within my body there are lots of things going on and the drugs needed to control these processes are numerous. At the moment my main concerns remain Kidney function - … Continue reading Inside Out
Chemo routine subtly changed. Still Tuesdays and Fridays Still Bloods to be taken Still Valcade to inject Same observations. Same Questions Numbness? Hearing? Walking? Buttons? Location changed Clinic 7 to Ingham Fast through Clinic 7 Same long wait at Ingham Staff down Nurses short Pharmacy slow Some things don't change. Waiting.
Since returning to the UK I have put on weight. This is a combination of the steroids Inhave needed to take, the water retention courtesy of my kidney problems and DVT, richer food and a lack of exercise brought on by the enforced bed rest as an inpatient and the effects of the Myeloma. In … Continue reading On ‘yer Bike
A submission to this week's photo challenge: Transient At Easter before Inreturned for treatment I was on holiday in Diani Beach near Mombassa staying at SiltsBackpackers. This is famed for its nightly Bush Baby feeding - where these otherwise shy nocturnal primates have enjoy a nightly banana feed on tbe balcony. They are there for only … Continue reading WPC: Transient Bush Babies
Today is the start of Myeloma Awareness Week and I make non bones (pardon the pun) about sharing some of the promotional material released today. The focus of the campaign this year is Early Diagnosis and since I have crossed one hurdle it is worth emphasise that 1 in 5 people who are diagnosed are … Continue reading Be Aware!
Trying to do two things at once! A submission to this week's photo challenge on the theme of Focus
Alongside the Myeloma and it's associated Kidney problems the other ongoing issue remains my blood. When I arrived back in the U.K. In April I returned with a DVT. Since that time, there had been a process of managing the clot by thinning the blood. Initially the use of Heparin and latterly the use of … Continue reading Blood Battle
Looking back it would be difficult to identify when I first contracted Myeloma. It seems fair to say it was around before I noticed my shoulder back last December. Multiple Myeloma begins when cells in the bone marrow are subjected to external factors which might be environmental or chemical in origin and may be linked … Continue reading Beginnings
For the first time in living memory I am a Father alone on Father's Day. I know it's a commercial thing (unlike Mothering Sunday) but even so it has amplified the absence of family. My own Father died in 2006 of Motor Nueron Disease a rapidly developing disease which took him from an active man … Continue reading A Strange Father’s Day