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.
I have a new ally in the fight against sleeplessness. Following several weeks of disrupted sleep I have got prescribed some sleeping tablets. So welcome on board a new drug to be taken as and when necessary. The drug is Zoplicone. The drug has the advantage of helping me to sleep without leaving me drowsy [...]
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 [...]
An itchy feeling in the nose. A tingling in the throat. There is no doubt about it there is a cold coming. Statistically people with multiple myeloma are 15 x more likely to pick up infections than those without. At this stage the symptoms are mild but I need to watch my temperature carefully - [...]
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 [...]
I am lucky to live in the U.K. - American friends have told me that if they were in my position then the treatment I have received would have bankrupted their families. Even my limited time in Kenya over the Easter weekend showed me just how expensive health care can be. A weekend of testing [...]
A contribution to this week's photo challenge :Order My daily routine of pill popping requires an order. There are a range of drugs to be taken including those for kidney function, chemotherapy and blood thinning.
As the chemotherapy treatment progresses there are signs of some of the side effects becoming manifest. One of these is Peripheral Neuropathy. This term describes damage to the nerves in the hands, feet, arms and legs and is both a symptom of Myeloma and it's treatment with Valcade (Bortezomib) and other chemotherapy drugs such as [...]
We left Tanzania on the 2nd April, for a family holiday in Kenya. I would not return again. When I eventually returned to the UK for treatment on the 18th April I came with a small bag of holiday clothes totally unsuited for the British Spring. I was able to add a small number of [...]
It's 3am. I should be fast asleep I am not. I've tossed and turned in vain. My stomach in knots. The morning is still far off. I await the grey of dawn. Another day. This is the longest I've been ill. A lack of feeling whole. It seems never ending Will I ever be well [...]
It is the end of my second cycle of chemotherapy and I enter into my chemo free week. This brings mixed blessings - firstly there are no steroids to take so that I shall hopefully be able to get better sleep as the week wears on. There are no Valcade injections so less trips to [...]
Progress is being made and I continue to remain healthy and better than I have been for several months in so many ways. The chemotherapy is working but there is a battle going on, inside a drugs war against my very own mutant cells. The bad guys, Myeloma Cells, are being taken out but there [...]
A submission to this week's photo challenge: Friend. Taken outside the Fish Market in Mwanza last November. We were on a walk around the lakeside peninsular with Fiona, a walking friend, when we came across these guys drinking Kahawa (coffee) - they invited us to join us in a brew and we enjoyed several steaming [...]