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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Trying to do two things at once! A submission to this week's photo challenge on the theme of Focus
A submission to this week's photo challenge : Focus. Taking photos of the night sky is difficult - my Canon EOS 70D needed a lot of tweaking to get something and in truth my inexperience got less than focused shots of the sky on that occasion. It was however, too good an opportunity to miss [...]
In 1984 I needed a summer job. I'd left school and wanted to earn some cash before I went to Nottingham University. I ended up getting a job as a Domestic Assistant (Cleaner) at the newly built wing of Lincoln County Hospital. My role along with a team of other young people was to clean [...]
It seems hard to believe that I have been back in the U.K. for two months. I arrived on the day they called an election, which has now passed. I arrived just after Easter and now the summer Hilidays are fast approaching. Today at my school in Tanzania they will hold Prize Night that end [...]
One thing I am enjoying here in the U.K. has been the arrival of Spring / Summer flowers. Funnily enough the lack of seasonality in Tanzania means that flowers are quite sparse. The trees and bushes are in a continual state of bud, flower, seed, death but individual flowers are around for a short time [...]
A contribution to this weeks new photo challenge:Focus Sometimes you focus on something different. In this case the yellow-billed oxpeckers sat upon the giraffe. Taken in the Serengeti, December 2015.
A contribution to this week's photo challenge :Order Each Tuesday and Friday it's the same routine at Clinic 7. You are given a number and you wait to be called to give blood for testing, followed by a check up (blood pressure, temperature and a short questionnaire designed to measure neuropathy. The blood readings then [...]
Today has been a day of work. Its been a bit strange but nice to do something purposeful. It seems strange to me at least to be enjoying the fact of doing work. I generally prefer time off to work. However, after seven weeks in which most of the time I have been doing nothing [...]
A contribution to this week's photo challenge :Order A couple of years ago I spent some time in Vietnam as part of a trip to South East Asia. The markets there were fascinating. The produce piled up in ordered displays.
It's been seven weeks since I arrived in the UK and almost nine weeks since I left Mwanza. This town in north western Tanzania was my home for the past two and a half years and my departure from the town was both unplanned and unexpected. My family are still there and will not be [...]