This morning I have reached a milestone. I am here at Ingham Suite for my last Valcade Injection. This is the chemotherapy drug which I have been taking twice a week for the past three months. For once I didn't need to have my bloods done, this has quickened the whole process. Monday's trip to [...]
Recently in Mwanza a group of expats and Tanzanian nationals have started up a group called Mwanza Storytellers. The aim is to allow people to share their stories on a chosen theme. So approximately once a month they have gathered at the Yacht Club. Anita was asked to talk at the most recent (and her [...]
The first manifestation of which I was aware of in Multiple Myeloma was the severe pain in my right shoulder. This became apparent in December. I naturally roll over to my right when I am going to sleep at night and I began to notice that this was becoming increasingly sore and uncomfortable. By February [...]
A contribution to the new photo challenge:Collage A collage of Herbal Teas to give a little variety in my beverages.
I'm here at the dentist. As if I didn't spend enough time with the medical profession these days. It's hard to believe that I only used to visit the doctor once a year at best for Hay Fever prescriptions. I'm here for a check up, but in reality I'm joining the dentist as I gave [...]
A third contribution to this week's photo challenge: Bridge. Taken in October 2005 on a fabulously clear autumn day in Paris. The various crossings of the River Seine. Then there is the Eiffel Tower itself it's four legs bridging the concourse below.
Today is the day I was supposed to meet with the consultant from Nottingham. This meeting is an important one as it marks the end of the first phase of chemotherapy. This officially finishes at the end of next week, though as ever it is an off-chemo week meaning my current chemo ends this week. [...]
The Bridges at Victoria Falls on the Zambia / Zimbabwe Border.
As life changes for me this post reflects on the places I have visited and the memories we have I made.
Even with sleeping tablets last night I was asleep much later and awake quite early - so I'm chilled out in the the bedroom late this Sunday morning. Having got up a bit earlier and been to the early service at St George's Church (in truth this early service was a bit too traditional for [...]
It's nice to be able to connect with family and today my brother and sister-in-law are up in Lincoln. A good chance to touch base. After a trip to to Go Outdoors to pick up a cycling jacket we had a chance to have a Costa Coffee and a chin wag. No iced drink following [...]
Today is the first day of the Summer Holidays for all my colleagues at Isamilo International School. Yesterday they gathered to say their goodbyes and to pack up their rooms for the summer. The traditional leaving gifts were presented (a dressing gown made from local kitengi cloth). Throughout the week leaving parties have been had [...]
Each Tuesday and Friday they take blood. This is sent to Haematology for testing ahead of my Valcade injections. The values obtained determine the dose of Valcade, though in practice they work in arrears i.e. Today's Valcade relies on Tuesday's results. What are they measuring? My booklet records 4 values denoted Hb, WBC, Plts and [...]
From Europe, Asia and Africa. from rickety wooden planks, wobbly wired rope ladders, medieaval constructions to modern day. My contribution to this weeks weekly photo challenge:Bridge