Today is the day when my Stem Cells are to be harvested. I arrive at Nottingham City Hospital at just after 8:30am having dropped off the hire car. As ever there is the ubiquitous blood sample to check my white blood cell (neutrophil) count and then my stem cell count. My wounds are redressed and [...]
The image is of our new car which was parked on a straight piece of road facing oncoming traffic. We had called in on our way back from a weekend away in Cheddar where we had bought our new car and after a day in Chichester with our son. We needed a place for me [...]
Having been overseas for three years and having no intention of returning to Britain, it has been quite a shock to the system to be back here. Now, as we adjust to the reality, we are in the process of rebuilding our UK lives. Anita has secured her old job in Milton Keynes (in fact [...]
G-CSF is not some new exam system, but is in fact a medical treatment designed to boost the production of stem cells in the body. It stands for Granulocyte=colony stimulation factor - so you can see why it is better to use the acronym! Today I started a 5 day regime of G-CSF injections. I [...]
Today Is the day I had my Hickman Line fitted. It is not a procedure I was looking forward to. Anita, who had a day off work, was able to drop me off and drive me home. This was useful as I was told not to drive home by myself. Even so a lot of [...]
Tomorrow I travel to Nottingham for the first part of the second phase of my cancer treatment. It's now over a month since the end and of my chemotherapy, the first phase of my treatment. It's been great to spend much of the last five weeks away from the regular hospital appointments and consultations. The [...]
It's a while since I've posted - not much has happened to be honest. I've spent a couple of weeks house sitting in Milton Keynes without a car and dreadful weather, watching box sets and relaxing. Even so it's been great to catch up with family now returned from Tanzania. Soon we'll move there permanently [...]
We have returned. After three years we are back in MK. It seems like a lifetime and yet it seems like yesterday. We never imagined we would be back here on any permanent basis but here we are. God has a sense of humour.Anita starts work on Tuesday back at her old place of work [...]
For the second time in three months I have attended the funeral of a friend who has died of cancer. Another peer (a year younger than me) who succumbed to this dreadful illness.Pete was externally positive and always thinking of others. Today's funeral was as much celebration as anything else. The church was packed and [...]
A contribution to this week's photo challenge: Satisfaction The satisfaction of winning a game of Scrabble. I was particularly satisfied with 'Castled' in the second game.
A contribution to this week's photo challenge: SatisfactionThe satisfaction of winning a game of Scrabble. I was particularly satisfied with'Castled' in the second game.
It is now time to share one of the longest running sagas of my Myeloma. A long running dispute which has only been partially resolved at the very end of our time in Tanzania.
The photos tell it all. Picked up the family at Heathrow this morning - Reunited.
I have woken with a bad headache. Interestingly that in the last few months my general health has been good and I have had little in the way of other illness. At the same time I have been much more attuned to my body. I think the fact you're being tested and measured on such [...]
I'm free. I have no scheduled appointments at hospital for many weeks ahead. 😃 Today I met with my consultant who does not need to see me again until October, after my Stem Cell transplantation has taken place. That leaves only my scheduled stem cell harvesting in late August and the transplantation in early October. [...]