, by Joan i too just saw your post, i am so sorry you are having these health issues both of you, what a worry for you, my dad takes warfarin for his heart problems and also for vascular issues too.Thinking of you and your family.💐
Had some bad news regarding our friend with the kidney cancer, he as had a lump removed fom his chest wall and also his abdominal wall, after being told before Christmas his original kidney cancer from 8 years ago was slow growing and manageable, he was told yesterday he has secondary cancer popping up in several places which can no longer be cured, OH and myself apart from the family are the only ones to be told as the chikdren know he is ill with cancer, but dont know how serious it is now. I feel so sad for them, he is only 48, his wife is 35 and 2 children. He is being started on chemo by tablet form.
StiWell its been a more dramatic week than expected and certainly distracting but not in a pleasant way. Monday evening OH suddenly was unable to put his thoughts into words, it only lasted for a few minutes but it was clearly abnormal, not just the ‘senior moments’ we joke about. I was pretty sure he was experiencing a mini stroke, which was confirmed by the paramedic who came so it was back into the hospital we’d left only a few hours ago, this time to A and E. Got home about 3 am, with aspirin and a referral to the TIA clinic which deals with these things. First thing in the morning we got a phone call with an appt for 12 oclock so back into the hospital for more tests and to see a consultant. Several hours later got back home with a prescription for something like warfarin, statins, a referral to the cardio clinic to check for atrial fibrillation and 4 week prohibition on driving. Talk about bad timing. But at least this happened after his hernia op, because blood thinners can make surgery more complicated and worrying. He seems back to normal now although I’m a bit on tenderhooks because the risk of recurrence is higher in the few days after one of these attacks.
Lovewine, glad you managed to snatch a bit of time to read. I’m like you, I tend to mainly read on Kindle because I do most of my reading in the early morning while OH is still asleep so its less disturbing than putting the light on. Its getting very cold here too but hopefully no snow.
Rosie, well done being on the radio. We ate goat for the first time, knowingly at least, in Crete, and loved it. We recently ate it from a street stall at Bath Xmas market, which was again quite delicious. Havent seen any in the local supermarkets though. I like the idea of having nymph nodes, sounds so much more ethereal than lymph nodes! Hope your eye appt was useful.
Wildpurl, well done persisting with the cardigan. I get bored by the time I get to the sleeves. Baby items are more to my liking.
Cassie, hope all is well with you.
Morning ladies, Rosie, well done on the radio interview, i think i would struggle to get my words out, its something i still do even this long after the chemo , i do it several times a day😮, before BC i was vegetarian for that very reason , wasnt sure what i was eating , also animal welfare reasons too.
I used to be a member of the library, but our village one is quite small, one of my dog walking friends is a retired head teacher and she volunteers in the library several times a week and also does a weekly reading session with small children, because our library was earmarked for closure its now staffed by volunteers like her. I use the kindle a lot as most of my reading is done early in the morning or night and i can read without disturbing OH😊!
my week has continued to be quiet, very nice, but it will all arrive next week and then i will be flat out again !
We have had a light dusting of snow here earlier this morning, it was very cold on my walk, Wildpurl you will definitely need your warm cardigan !
Have a good day ladies.
Evening everyone, I am very pleased to hear your good news, Joan, that must be a weight off your mind that they will be able to repair the bowel. I had keyhole surgery when I had my oophorectomy, the incisions were tiny, I can’t even see where they were now, and the healing was very fast.
rosie it is good you are able to stay in the UK where you have central heating. I’m glad OH's 3rd endoscopy was clear.
im also glad to hear your workload has settled down Lovewine.
we switched to super fast broadband today, it really is much faster, and the changeover was quite straightforward.
i am knitting a warm cardigan at the moment, I have one more piece to knit, I like the result but am finding it a bit boring to knit! I’ll be glad when it is finished. I have a baby blanket to knit next for another of DD's friends who has had a little girl.
i am currently reading Why We Sleep on the kindle, absolutely fascinating.
Hello ladies, Joan, glad to hear things are going ok , or at least as well as they can do , having keyhole surgery will be a much quicker recovery time too, OH had his gall bladder removed this way 2 years ago. Shame you have to miss your monday activities though for pre op, it always seems to fall this way doesnt it 😏. As Rosie says we all keep everything crossed you will not need any chemo, it must have been found very early. Annoying about the Pajamas , i have done the same thing in M&S with a t shirt.
Rosie, hope the eye test went ok, something i need to do too!
I have had a steady working day surprisingly today which is nice for a change, actually managed to sit and read for an hour this afternoon, which i really enjoyed, although i am struggling to find something good to read at the moment.
Cassie and Wildpurl, hope you are both well.
Hello ladies. Saw the surgeon today and he had a bit more positive news in that a) hes intending to do keyhole surgery and b) he is going to join the bits of bowel together internally so I wont have to have a bag. Whether or not I will have chemo will depend on the analysis of the lymph nodes they remove, the results of which will take a couple of weeks. So fingers crossed. So so far Ive been lucky, apart from having it in the first place of course. Pre-op next Monday. Bit annoying that today’s appt and the pre op are on Mondays which is my nice, completely non work day when I do Qi Gong and pier archive.
Rosie, good news that OH’s third screening test was clear. In the light of my experience, however, when all my tests were clear, do you think it would be advisable for him to have his symptoms checked out. I dont want to be presumptuous and perhaps he has already had advice on this but..... Glad your trip to London went well, love the picture from the top of the Sky garden. I hope you are now over your virus and that your feared ear infection did not materialise. Sensible not to risk the flight though and you were clearly right about the weather over there. I did manage to get some pyjamas, in M & S, but like you with your jumper have to change one pair. They were wrapped, in the same packaging and position as the other pair, with no indication that one was short sleeved, the other long. Didnt realise till I’d unpacked them at home. Maddening. Hopefully will be able to exchange in Stratford at the weekend.
Lovewine, full of admiration for the spring clean and declutter. Shame that you have another very busy week ahead, hope it slows down soon. I was thinking of you yesterday in M & S yesterday, looking at the racks if sale clothes. I managed to get a bargain but only accidentally. I chose a black cardigan which was marked as full price but at the till it came up as reduced and when the girl checked with the floor manager he said it had just been marked down but they hadnt had time to alter the price tag. Very welcome.
Done a few enjoyable things this week. Went to the theatre in Bath on Thursday to see anAgatha Christie spoof- Crimes on the Nile- which was very funny and extremely well done. Its on tour from next month so if it comes anywhere near any of who I’d recommend it. Friday evening went out for dinner with friends. Saturday it was GDs 9th birthday party, to which we were invited. It was a trip to Wookey Hole caves for her, 6 other girls her age and one boy. The caves were very interesting and there was lots else for them to do, not all of it tacky. They seem to have enjoyed it and were very well behaved though at times boisterous and unbelievably noisy. Fortunately we had a couple of hours to recuperate before going to see The Favourite’! In the evening. This week isnt quite so full of nice distractions but I do need to complete a couple of pieces of work so its just as well.
Hope you all have good weeks.
Morning ladies, Rosie it really is a stunning view from up there. Hope DH got off to Cyprus without any delays, did you do much at the weekend ? The weather here was wet and windy all weekend so we didnt do much at all.
Joan, how are you? Have you had any appointments yet ? Pre op etc.
I thought i would be quieter this week, but today is looking horrendously busy, better get off and make a start !
Good evening ladies, thankfully my work has finished for the weekend, really had enough of bedlinen, yes Rosie, you wouldn’t expect to be starching cloths these days, but sadly they do, it is usually my older clients who request it😏☺️.
Glad you enjoyed the Sky Garden , we went 2 years ago and met YS and his then GF, i really enjoyed it, we had a sunny, hot day so the views were stunning, you were lucky to get in , i had to book online on a certain date 3 weeks before our visit and it was very difficult to get tickets, so well done you😊!
Dont blame you staying here for a couple of extra weeks, at least you have a warm apartment, hope you Can sort out your ear issues, my dog walking friend has had similar issues and visited the G.P yesterday and was given a nasal spray which has helped her ear problem.
Have had a major spring clean today in my kitchen and living room, also had a move around of my furniture and my room looks bigger, have decluttered which helps, i think tomorrow we are going to tidy up the garden and have a bonfire- always a personal favourite of mine!🔥
Hope everyone is alright.
Good morning ladies!
The doctor said DH probably had the start of a hernia but it wasn’t bad enough to operate and he shouldn’t carry heavy things! So what does he do in the afternoon go and ride his bike and carry it down and up afterward 2 flights of stairs in the storage unit! There is a freight lift he could have put it in but no, then he starts wincing when he gets back! I’m afraid I didn’t have any sympathy!😡
Joan I hope that you enjoyed your Qi Gong yesterday. M&S have nightware in their sale you could look online to save pushing around in the crowded store! 🙀
Today we are going for a Chinese with our friends up stairs and off to London tomorrow!
Can anybody recommend where we can fill a few hours on Thursday I booked us back on the 8.00pm train!🙀 We are staying in Leicester Square at Premier Inn and depart from Paddington. We have done the Big Bus!
I am a little worried as yesterday I had a temperature in the night and then again yesterday on 2 occasions and had to take paracetamol! I don’t have any obvious symptoms like I did last week, but don’t want to go back to Cyprus spiking a temperature! I think if I am no better when I get back I will have to see the doctor! 😬 In the meantime I will have to stay on top of it with regular paracetamol!
Lovewine it’s so dark in the morning for your dog walking it’s nearly 20 past 7 and it still pitch black!
Cassie and Wildpurl hope all is well,back at work?
Rosie, good that MIL is out of hospital and back to normal, even if cantankerous. Im sorry OH is having to repeat his screening test but great that the second one was clear.
lovewine, its not surprising youre feeling a bit flat after having had YS to stay for two weeks. And its natural fir you to worry about him. But he does seem to have coped really well with the ending of his relationship and as you say he has a busy life. But we never stop worrying about our children, no matter how old they are.
Good morning ladies!
MIL is back home we went to see her yesterday and she was her normal self although more cantankerous than usual! 🙀We took her to Aldi to do her shopping and she wanted a small brown loaf, they only had large ones which she didn’t want even though DH suggested she halved it before putting it in the freezer! We picked up a couple of things we needed and I said to DH I thinkI will get her that loaf as I was worried she wouldn’t have any bread. When we have gave it her at home she said she didn’t want it she didn’t eat that type of bread and threw it back at DH! 🙀
Lovewine I am glad that your boiler is repaired and was a simple fault! I know how you feel with YS going back especially after 2 weeks! Maybe he will meet a nice young lady this year? I expect the dogs are missing him too?
Joan it’s always a relief to get the decorations safely stored away! It’s never easy telling people your diagnosis as they don’t know what to say to you for the best!
DH is going to doctors this am as he has had an intermittent lower groin pain for a while he suspects it maybe a hernia! 😬 He is awaiting his 3rd bowel screening test the second one was clear but he had to do a third as the first one wasn’t! All worrying times!
We are going to London on Wednesday to see Catherine Tate so looking forward to that.😂
Today when DH comes back from doctors we have some items to take to the hospice charity shop we have been meaning to take them for several months so today is the day!
Hope the week starts well for you all!
Rosie, its good that your viral infection has at last cleared and didnt linger on for weeks. Sorry to hear about MIL, how is she now? Good that the CT scan was clear though.
Lovewine, what a relief to have your boiler working again, especially with the cold weather being forecast. I think I will be in hospital for 4 to 5 days, so must treat myself to some new pyjamas. I feel a bit in limbo at the moment but hopefully will find out about appt times early this week.
All decorations now down and stored. Phew! Back to normal tomorrow, with a nice start, Qi Gong in the morning and archiving in the afternoon. Quite a lot on the rest of the week, though that might be stymied if the appts clash. Also have to face letting various people know about the diagnosis, I held off with most people because its not what you want to put on a Xmas card but need to bite the bullet now.
Hope you all have good weeks.
Good Morning ladies!
Cassie hope that you enjoyed your walk with ED and GS I expect that he goes back to school soon?
Lovewine I expect that YS does get enjoyed by being spoilt by you, the dogs will miss him!
Glad that your cordless dyson has made life easier for you! I do hope,that your boiler gets sorted out today it’s not the weather you want it going wrong! Thank goodness that you have a wood burner! We are due to return to Cyprus on 12th Jan which I am not looking forward to as they have had a lot of rain and temperatures between 14-17. Which sound high but I can assure you that it is not inside as there are no carpets and no central heating! 🙀
Joan I am so pleased that you treated yourself to a new iPad it’s typical that the old one decides to work now though! 😬
I am glad that you have a date for your op you will find that the next 3 weeks go very quickly! It’s rather a blow that it coincides with YD’s birthday celebrations, maybe they will let her change the date?
Our Christmas tree comes out of a box and fits together in 3 parts and then - hey presto, plugs in and lights up!😄 We got it half price in the Dunelm sale last January!
We went to the theatre in Malvern last night to see the pantomime Snow White, Sue Pollard from Hi Di Hi was the wicked queen! In the interval DH had a missed call from his Y Sister and I had a message to say that MIL had been taken to hospital as she was feeling dizzy and the doctor didn’t like the sound of her symptoms! They were keeping her overnight so we will have to see how thing are today! BIL, who is the nearest said she seemed ok and that the CT scan results were clear! She will be 93 in April! My dad got to 93!
I am meeting my sister in Hereford today so I must get up to get to the station!
Have a good weekend ladies!
Message sent from new ipad. Old one decided to resurrect itself a bit so now have two, one for upstairs one down!
A very belated happy new year ladies. The week has been rather busy, with the last three days spent with GCn. We did have New Years Day to ourselves, which we spent looking at churches in Gloucestershire. Had a lovely NYs Eve with friends, on a bit of a high after the CT results. Now have a date for surgery -28th Jan, which is later than I had hoped. unfortunately it means we will miss spending a few days staying at the NT property YD has booked to celebrate her 40th birthday but that was the first date they could offer. Still waiting to get dates to see the consultant and for pre-op so a bit up in the air. At least I will have some time to get things organised re work commitments.
Lovewine, hope your misbehaving boiler is now sorted out and you are seeing the benefits of your cordless vacuum. Good news that ES and DILs house is sorted, he has obviously inherited your skill at securing bargains with the sofa.
Rosie, has your viral infection cleared up now. Youre very organised getting your tree down and stored, we have all that to do on Sunday. We tend to leave it to the last possible day, it always looks so bare afterwards. At least OH and I dont argue over the taking the tree down, unlike putting it up.
Cassie, you do sound well positioned to see the fireworks. We spent NYE in London a few years ago and went down to the river to watch, quite an experience though very crowded, it was still free then. Glad your brother is doing well. Hope you had fine weather for your walk, it was glorious here today, had a lovely walk along the seafront with the children, well we walked, they mainly ran. Oh to have the energy of a 6 year old.
Wildpurl hope you had an enjoyable Xmas and managed to get some crafting done.
Good evening ladies, a very chilly one here today and to cap it all our boiler broke down again last night, we have someone coming out tomorrow to fix it, we have the woodburner so that’s something !
Cassie i am glad to hear your brother is doing well apart from his knees, hope you enjoyed your walk with ED and GS.
I have been very busy all week with work, hopefully by next week it will have quitened down a little😏
Rosie, YS booked a couple of extra days off so he goes back to London on sunday, hes benefited from some spoiling by me i think😊, its nice to have him home and i always miss him when he leaves, but its nice when life returns to just the two of us!!
Not much to report other than my cordless dyson came on wednesday and its made life much easier, no wires to fall over and very powerful, not very exciting i know ! ☺️
Have a nice weekend ladies, Rosie, how long are you here for before returning to Cyprus?
Good Morning Ladies,
I do get quite a view of the fireworks over London on New years eve and of course the 5th November I can only just about manage to see the glow from the ones on the Thames though. EB seems to fine at the moment he's knees are very stiff though bless him even getting out of a black cab is very difficult for him these days, thats what happens after years of being a carpet fitter!
I am hoping to meet with GS and ED later this morning for a walk have a lovely day ladies
Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine I hope your YS has recovered after his New Year celebrations! I think it’s tomorrow he returns home?
I know what you mean about getting back into routine I lose track of the day it is completely!🙀
Good plan giving ES and DIL your Vax cordless!😉 You need a powerful one for your pet hair!
We did actually go to see Mary Poppins last night as I didn’t fancy any of the other films and we haven’t taken advantage of our cinema code 2 for 1 for ages, also a local boy was playing the role as one of the leading children! It was well done but you had to have a knowledge of the old film. DH went to sleep for a part of it! 😳 We has fish and chips afterwards! 😜
We took our Christmas tree down yesterday and DH took it back to the store. The living space looks much bigger and lighter!
Joan hopefully you will get your appointments through soon so you don’t have to spend too long stressing!
Wildpurl make the most of your last few days holiday!
Good evening ladies,
Good to hear things are not as bad as you had thought Joan sending a big hug love and some strength to you.
Happy and a healthy new year to all ladies whatever you are doing this evening, YD is in New York to celebrate her Birthday tomorrow she arrived on Saturday and will return next Saturday.
There is a bottle of prosecco in the fridge with my name on it xx
Joan I am so pleased to hear the results of your scan, of course you would rather not have it at all but this is so much better than it could have been, I think it counts as good news.
Got the CT results this morning - the cancer hasn't spread beyond the bowel which is great news and so much better than I was fearing and almost expecting. So it's a question now of getting a date for surgery, which should be sometime in January and of course the appts leading up to that. So going to be a busy January. Must remember to do my tax return!
Rosie, good you know what it is but I don't think there is anything they can do about a viral infection, is there, other than just treating the symptoms. so I hope it soon clears up.
My i-pad now seems to have given up completely, which is a great nuisance.
No wonder you dislike Xmas Lovewine, what a devastating experience to go through, and with two young children as well. It says a lot about your resilience as a couple to have survived that.
Rosie, glad MIL wasnt upset by the scan. I expect it will be a while before she gets the results though. You certainly seem to have picked up a nasty bug; it does sound like you might need to go to the doc. I hope you manage to enjoy your NY celebration.
The Borrowers was very good and enjoyed by both children and adults. I was in rather a black mood yesterday morning so it did a good job of cheering me up. We wont be on GC duty now till Wednesday. Spending NYE with the couple we go to the theatre at Stratford with, unless the news tomorrow is so bad I cant face it, or place them in a difficult position.
Good afternoon ladies, to be honest i am glad the festivies are nearly over , i know i am a bit of a misery when it comes to Christmas 🤨, i like Christmas day but thats all, i have disliked it for over 25 years, mainly when our 2 boys were babies and it was the recession of the early 90’s which saw interest rates at 15%, We had a very succesful garden design and landscape business and a very nice victorian house with a lovely lifestyle, sadly our business was secured on our house- so when the bank called in our business loan our house went with it ! There followed several years of moving from one rented house to another, we actually moved into the first one 2 days before Christmas with nothing left to buy presents with- have disliked Christmas ever since😒, i suppose thats why i am now a workaholic as i cant bear to be in that position again .
Rosie, i am glad MIL is upbeat and seems ok, how lovely to have all got together , it is hard these days to coordinate families as we are all so spread out these days! Expect it was hard to say good to ES and family, but the months fly past and holidays will be here before we know it, enjoy your new years eve, we dont really bother going out, may get a nice meal from marks and spencer and watch t.v - really know how to live it up here☺️
Joan, i hope you havent got much longer to wait for your results, at least you managed to put your worries aside a little with Christmas, are you doing anything for New year?
As Rosie said, A happy and healthy new year to you all , with special thoughts of you Joan💐.
I am working tomorrow , then having my hair cut in the afternoon, no new years resolutions from me as i never stick to them!
Wildpurl, just realised I missed you out. Hope you had a good Xmas, albeit with its inevitable sad thoughts and you are getting in some relaxation in alongside clearing your loft.
Sorry not to have been in touch over Xmas, family staying until Boxing Day, then unexpectedly having to look after GCn yesterday, plus my i-pad playing up so internet access unpredictable. I think I may have to buy a new one.
Rosie, what a shame about your cold, hope it clears up soon and it doesn't spoil your enjoyment of the big family get-together.You are certainly having a very hectic Xmas. And family health worries too with your niece's little boy and MIL i hope the baby is now home and that MIL’s scan wasnt a distressing exoerience for her. It does seem a lot to put a very old lady through but I suppose, if it is confirmed, and hopefully it wont be, it will be a question of them deciding how to manage it.
Lovewine, what a time for your boiler to break down. At least the weather was quite mild and you had the log burner to give you one cosy room. Hope it is sorted now. How lovely to get a surprise anniversary present, and such a nice one too. Hope the workload isnt too horrendous, though I imagine it will be.
Cassie, hope you have had an enjoyable Xmas. It is lovely to have someone else in charge of Xmas lunch though I expect you had to do quite a bit of preparation for Boxing Day. How is EB doing?
We had a very enjoyable Xmas and I managed to keep the dark thoughts at bay most of the time. YD produced a delicious lunch and the children were thrilled with their presents. Xmas Eve was rather trying, we had volunteered to look after the GCn who were absolute horrors, spending most of the time squabbling over the most ridiculous things. Even the threat that Father Xmas might miss out their house only brought a temporary respite. Today we are on our own for the first time. Should have been going out to a restaurant for dinner with friends but she has a tummy upset so we have decided to go on our own, something we rarely do. Tomorrow we are taking GCn and parents to see The Borrowers at the theatre and Sunday have friends coming for coffee. Hopefully Monday I will hear from the nurse.
Good Morning Lovewine what a nuisance that your boiler broke on Christmas Eve. How lovely that OH gave you some pearl earrings, congratulations on your anniversary!
We returned from Newcastle last night. It was a very busy Christmas with a houseful even though DH and I slept in the motorhome! YGS has a very runny nose and cough and no one got much sleep in the house,😬
I have returned with a fever and a thick throat that made gurling noises in the night and I thought it was going to choke me!🙀 I am taking paracetamol for the temperature! Today we are meeting up at MIL’s community centre for a big family get together in Stourbridge. ES and family are going on their way enroute back to Dover tomorrow. We are all staying over at the Premier Inn in Stourbridge. DH has 2 sisters with family and a brother who is close by and they all have children! There will be nearly 30 adults and children!🙀 We are all taking items for the buffet. DD is driving down with the children, SIL is working today. YS and family are coming up form Plymouth. We could have driven back to Worcester but the family are all staying over and having breakfast! At least DH will be able to have a drink safely as Premier Inn is 10 mins walk from community centre!
I am going to have to keep my distance from vulnerable family members! I am so disappointed I was looking forward to this family gathering we don’t often get everyone together in one place as we are so big now!😬
Joan hopefully you managed to enjoy Christmas and put everything else to one side for a few days! I really admire you looking after your GC I find it very tiring especially ES’s 3 year old!😬 He speaks some English very well but obviously more French which is challenging I can pick out an odd word or phrase. DD’s children were very patient with him!
Cassie and Wildpurl hope you both had an enjoyable Christmas with family members?
Good Morning Ladies,
The Carols by Candlelight concert was very beautiful and uplifting we really enjoyed it. ED has invited YD and myself and also EB for dinner tomorrow which will be lovely and then they all come to me for boxing day.
GS is doing well in school enjoying it as far as I know, he was upset at the prospect of loosing 2-3 teachers over the Christmas break and is a little apprehensive about the replacements.
I am sure today will be as busy as any Monday at work but hopefully no incidents and will pass quickly.
Lots of cooking planned for this evening,
Merry Christmas Ladies x