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Implausible, your a day ahead of me,so I’m expecting my drop tomorrow, hope your being looked after xx 

the weekend is all

planned kids have lifts everywhere and food in the fridge, as hubby is off to Dublin in a stag weekend, and eldest had gone back to uni for exams , great timing.

The oral thrush is back already, but they gave me stuff to take on Wednesday as they thought it would re appear, okay so far apart from that. 

Edinbird glad your being looked after xx

hope Marilyn and Sar are feeling better today xx 

the good news the sun is shining here 🌞 

take care lovely ladies xx

 

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Just read your update.  Going back to sleep isn't lazy!  It will do you the world of good.  Have a try....

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Ah no Edinbird!!!  Not good news Smiley Sad Smiley Sad Smiley Sad

 

At least if you had to choose between you failing your MOT and the car, this is the one that doesn't result in a huge garage bill!  God bless the NHS!

 

Hope you managed to get some sleep and that you will soon be on your way home x

 

Please keep us all updated as we will worry...

 

Deano good to hear from you, and with wise words.  Best of luck with #5.  I also asked nicely for a reduction in dose this time around but my onco said no.  Hopefully yours is kinder!

 

Seaside and Marlyn I hope you both have much better days today than yesterday!

 

And love to the rest of you from Swindonia where I am starting to feel proper rough.  Right on time.  Ugh.

 

Sarah x

 

 

 

 

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Morning all xx

 

So I have my own room, bloods are fine, throat swab fine, paracetamol seems to have taken temperature down. Possibly something in my urine. Only needed one IV they gave me v early on so I’ve not been hooked up to anything. Chest X-ray this morning.

 

Just tired having not come up to the room until about 3am. Just had to fend off a nurse who wanted to give me my injection that I have in the evening...! Not going to even mention my heart pills they can wait until I get home. Feel less snotty but chest is a little raspy.

 

Who is getting treatment today? I really feel like I’ve lost the plot. Just sat here not wanting to look like a lazy so and so by going back to sleep... oh well at least I get a rest and I’m not being pumped full of things

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Hi Edinbird 

Sorry to hear you may have failed your MOT☹🤒. At least the hospital seem to be looking after you. Hope you feel better soon. Take care ❤❤❤ 

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Deano, lovely words. Good luck today 🍀then only 1 more to go 🎉🎉

Edinbird, I Hope your okay, and your bloods were okay and you managed to get some sleep.

Susie, I think many of us are looking forward to the break.

Hope everyone has a good day today 😘 

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Edinbird, I hope the blood test results help get you sorted rapidly sweetheart, even if it’s just to be able to moved somewhere to sleep for now. Time goes so slowly when you are being assessed early hours. Big hugs. 

Deano best of luck for later today love. Reduction of FEC made a big difference to how things went for me last time. What are you on at the moment, T? 

Xx

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So I’m on the assessment ward again! Maybe I didn’t pass my MOT...

 

High temperature and cold symptoms need checking out so hooked up to a drip right now. They were v quick in getting me assessed on the phone and in the ward, blood was shooting out of me! Doctor was nice and just got on with it. Hope they tell me my bloods stuff soon and get me moved somewhere or not so I know whether to sleep or not. As my last admission I don’t feel that bad! Just feel like I have a cold 🤧 

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Hi Deano

Lovely to hear from you. The words are brilliant and sum up our new lives exactly. All the best for tomorrow. Only one more session after that, then like me, you can have a little break. You will feel normal for a while, it's great☺. Take care, Susie xx   

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Hi All

I saw this and thought I would share I’ve got my 5 th treatment tomorrow and fingers crossed asked for a reduction given how bad I was last time - speak later everyone and take care xxx

 

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Well that was a long day that I do not want to repeat. The pharmacy were short staffed so the drugs were super late and then the cold cap was on way too long and very uncomfortable. Was at the hospital from 10am to 4pm. Not a happy bunny! Off to bed now and hoping I get some more sleep than I did last night.

 

Goodnight you lovely ladies.

 

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The car passed 😁

 

I kinda passed 😁

 

Getting slightly sore knees and my throat is a tad tickly, still a bit snotty. Only exercise was the walk from and to the garage.

 

Went and bought dog food and sat on the roof again in the sun bestie has such an amazing sun trap. Lots of cream on. So nice to rest your tired and aching bones in the heat.

 

My worst problem is the massive bruise I have managed to obtain misjudging getting back off the roof and inside yesterday!! It’s pretty sore on the back of my thigh and looks like I have meningitis (don’t worry I don’t!). It’s slathered in arnica cream so just gotta be careful with it. I’m just a clumsy lump 😂

 

Got jacket spuds in the oven and I’ll get an early night I think. Getting so confused with everyone’s ongoing problems with what they are and aren’t taking now... this is all stuff I’ve not even bothered my brain with as it doesn’t apply to me and my awkward little triple negative bundle of fun. Hope everyone is feeling better now 🤗xxxx

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Talking of my big sister  (the one who was friends with Suggs).  She has never been to visit me once in the 18 years I have lived in Swindon.

 

She has just announced she is visiting next Wednesday.

 

Which would be plenty of notice if I wasn't about to descend into my T fugue state (and maybe end up back in hospital as my onco seems so sure I will).

 

Last cycle I was pretty much completely out of action from late Friday to Wednesday inclusive....

 

So I have a few days to get the house "prissy sister visitor ready" from it's current "episode of Hoarders" state.... but in those few days I am likely to be very much not in the mood for a big spring clean!

 

Ugh.

 

I did try to put her off but she wasn't having any of it!

 

Why now???

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Hi all

 

Blimey lots going on since I last checked in!!

 

Daisy first.  I'm glad to hear that your itchy symptoms seem to be clearing up.  Nothing worse than an itch!!!

 

Marlyn I'm super confused as to why your elbow "sticking out" stopped the rads? Did they explain? When do you get to try again?  You have to be re-tattooed?  Sounds like the whole palaver put a total stink on your day :/
Did the temp and BP only shoot up when you had the herceptin?  Could it be a reaction?  (Ah you already answered no to that theory further up thread)  All very stressful for youSmiley Sad  glad they have let you go home!!!   

 

Being in a hot hospital definitely doesn't help temp!  When I was desperately trying to escape hospital the other week the room I was in was BOILING like a sauna.  They would come in and check my temp and it was too high.  Then I asked to go and stand in the much cooler corridor for 5 mins and they checked again and it had gone right down....

 

Sonia- believe it or not there was one new receptionist at the GP today who was all smiles and the usual one who is usually a right old grump was also super nice for once.  The new woman must be a good role model Smiley Very Happy  they sorted me out the form in 2 seconds flat and said it will be done within a week....  that was easy!

 

MBJ recording with/for Madness!!! How exciting!!  My big sister lived in Camden back in the 80s and often saw them in her local pub.  She was quite friendly with Suggs.  Got me some free records and promotional swag which I was super chuffed with when I was in my early teens.... Smiley Happy

 

Seaside a long stressy day for you too Smiley Sad  I also mentioned a theatre cap to my nurses the last time I cold capped as by that point I was near enough totally bald on top, but they didn't know what I was on about either.  They just slapped the cold cap straight on and it was super uncomfortable.

 

 

Susie lovely flower photos, thank you!

 

Rosina you really are an inspiration.  All I seem to crave throughout chemo is carbs and cheese.  Cheese toasties.  Macaroni cheese. Pizzas.  Ritz biscuits with cheese.  Cheese and onion sausage rolls.  You get the picture!!! No wonder I'm piling it on!!!  But nothing else tastes right or takes the edge off my mild but still ever present nausea.....   oh and I start and end the day with  fruit salad so that is better.
I am having to force myself to eat veg though which is most unlike me.  I love my veggies usually!!!
Drinking plenty of water and v weak squash though so at least I am well hydrated.

Been avoiding feta and goats cheese though, I thought they were on the naughty list?

 

As for me I wanted to get a lot done today as if last cycle is anything to go by, tomorrow I will start to feel pretty Barry..

 

But I ended up not getting to sleep last night till gone 2am because I took my steroids too late, so had a long lie in.  Then I got up and did housework till my son got up and he didn't manage that till 2pm!!  Which didn't leave us time to do all I wanted to do in the afternoon before his 4pm jiu jitsu class.  So our trip to the local tip got canned.  We did manage to visit the GP, pick up a parcel from the sorting office and do a big supermarket shop though, so not too bad.

 

I'm now out on my daily walk.  Not a long one today, 8k steps or so, as I am really starting to flag now.

Saw a cute goose family though:

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Next step home and maybe start on a painting I have promised a friend .  Or I might just go straight to bed and watch TVSmiley Happy

Hope everyone is mainly ok x

Sarah x



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Oh dear what a worrying day for so many of my lovelies. I do hope tomorrow is a better one. 🙏🏻. Xxx

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Glad you are home.  I was getting worried Maryln.  Take care of yourself x

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That's a day I don't want to repeat! Just got home, they only let me go if I promised to call the helpline if I felt ill.....all I need is a good night sleep...in me own bed....so damn relieved I'm not staying in.....will check in with you beautiful ladies tomorrow......xxxx

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Oh Lord, 

catching up on posts.

Marlyn and Seasidesar hope the Hospital visits have sorted. Long day for you both 🥴

Edinbird and Trixielady so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well.

Implausible thanks for asking about the prescription card. I haven’t got one either but I do remember the bc nurse mentioning it re. Tamoxifen although now I am wondering whether it will be Tamoxifen or Anastrazole as I am sure I have been kicked through the menopause and out the other side 🤪 Nettinoo Thanks for telling us it’s a form filling task, I will get on to it.

SusieB thanks for the flower pics ( mock orange smells lovely).

 I picked Leith Hill for our walk today ( thinking it is only a short one) H1 drove us there ( had never been before) it was beautiful but the ‘hill’ bit was a challenge and I really had to focus on my breathing , so much so I must have sounded like a cart horse snorting away . 

Weight wise , apart from dark chocolate I am off chips and crisps.

Butter is peanut or almond, cheese has to be soft white ( feta, goats , sheep’s) olive oil.

 I have been eating plenty of fruit ( went berserk for citrus) and veg. soups especially ( spinach and nutmeg was on tap after each chemotherapy dose.)

For sweet stuff it’s been dates and flame raisins and molasses. No white stuff.

No alcohol,  plus walking so so far my weight has been stable.

Plenty of nuts and beans and up to 4 slices of whole grain bread.

Porridge.

No water retention or nail loss either.

Soya milk ( not cows milk).

I eat pasta and potatoes.

 I don’t ever feel hungry or deprived.

 I ate chicken at the pub when my brother came but I would say I am vegetarian most of the time as last time I had chicken was over a year ago.

 I like salmon with scrambled eggs and will eat them when I get a craving for them.

Juncky food is definitely out though.

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Hi everyone 

What a mixed bag of posts at the moment. I can't keep up!

MJB, recording a video for Madness, you lucky thing we love them.

Marlyn, hope things improve soon and you're not having some kind of reaction to the herceptin. Mind you, I think if I was in your situation my BP would be sky high too. All this stuff that's supposed to help us seems designed to make us worse. Someone somewhere must have some kind of warped sense of humour.

Edinbird and Trixielady, hope you're both feeling a bit brighter.

Implausible, I think doctors' receptionists are a breed apart.  Be as unhelpful as possible and the job is yours.       

Daisydi, glad to know you feel a bit more 'with it' today.

Sonia28, hope you enjoyed your lunch. My own diet will start next Monday. My body is going to accept salads and apples🍎🍏🍅 whether it likes it or not. They're just a couple of things I completely went off during chemo, but surely after 5 weeks I should be back to normal by now?

Hope everyone else I haven't spoken to today is ok. Take care xxxxx 

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Mjb, that's the puzzling thing....it been a pretty steady 36 ( something) throughout chemo....now it's 37.9 ( nurse just took it again) I'm defo staying here until   At least 4 pm....    I'm putting it down to stress over rads this morning....absolutely no sleep last night and a pretty warm chemo unit....xxx

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Marlyn why do you have a high temperature though? or is that not particularly high for you. 

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Seaside....sorry your having a time of it too....I've been here since 8am....iPad battery nearly out....oh the joys....hope we're both home soon...really want me jimjams....xx

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Mbj,

no...

personally I think it's the palaver of rads ( or no rads) this morning....plus zero sleep last night....I actually feel ok except for feeling knackered! Got appointment Tuesday with nurse to see about my high pressure....may need meds.....hey ho.....xxx

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Thanks Daisy and Susie, I will make sure they let me continue for my last session. Not giving up after all this hard work! X

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Oh Marlyn

I am sorry I did not see your earlier post. Gosh I hope you will be better soon. Do they think it's a reaction to the Herceptin?

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Seaside Sar, I cold capped using a blue theatre cap for my 3rd and 4th chemo sessions as my hair is extremely thin on top - standard practice - and recommended by cold cap company. Best the nurse brushes up on her knowledge.  

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Maryln hope you are ok.  Sending you a big big hug x

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Seaside get the nurse to ring the cold cap company for advice.  She is wrong!  This is what happened to my friend and she got on to Paxman but it was then too late as all her hair had fallen out.

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Oh Marlyn, souns like you're having a right Barry day!

 

Mine isn't great either. Been here since 10am only to find my drugs weren't ready. Just got the Herceptin started and cold cap on at 1pm. I'm in for a long day. Also, the nurse reckons my hair is getting too thin on top so I may not be able to cold cap next time. I mentioned wearing a theatre cap but she hadn't heard of that before. Hopefully I'll have a different nurse next time.

 

Sending big hugs to all you lovely ladies.

 

Sar xxx

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Still here.....not only is my blood pressure not coming down my temp is now reading 37.9 !!! Wtf??? Iv been ok throughout chemo.....give me 4 weeks and look what happens.....hope to god I'm not staying in!!! Boo hoo xx

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My sister used to be in the Rock Choir MBJ.  She absolutely loved it until they changed their choir leader and the times and she just couldnt settle.  Well my hair has survived another wash.  It is still shedding but it is still there albeit a bit thinner.  A memory just came up on Facebook and it was 6 years ago when I bought my campervan.  I absolutely loved it but had to sell it when my mum developed dementia and we really couldnt go away and leave her and now I have car phobic dogs so wouldnt be able to do that again but at least I did it!

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Morning Ladies

I am sorry you feel rubbish Trixi and Edinbird, I hope you both have a better day today. Living in Wales we all get free prescriptions and I don't think we realize how lucky we are sometimes. Although I do think that the majority of you have had better care during chemo than me, so maybe the prescription monies could be spent better in Wales who knows?

Off to Rock Choir tonight, don't know if I shared some really exciting news girls. But on Monday we are recording a video for the group MADNESS for their tour. They are playing in Wales in May exciting stuff hey.

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Trixlelady, sending you bug hugs, but like you say  it helps when the weather is better. 

Marliyn, fingers cross your day gets better xx 

Susie, I feel like a webble now Smiley Indifferent

Daisydi, I feel your pin with the scabs, I have a lovely few around my neck, im hoping i fair better this time, although I am sporting very rosey cheeks again today.

Pastasmissus, you have made me feel a bit better with the weight gain, It goes on so quickly then take so long to come off, but hey ho with everthing else were going through. 

Implausible, you made me smile when you mentionedt he smiley receptionist., they are so joyful.

Well im helping my weight loss NOT today as my daughter is taking em out to lunch Heart

 

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Trixielady, sending you virtual hugs. Hope you start feeling better soon ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ 

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Getting worried about the weight gain caused by steroids whilst on T. I'm only 5ft and currently around 8st 10, well 9st since holiday! I could end up looking like one of those weebles, I think that's what the kids toy was called, that don't fall down😭😭 

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Well, what a palaver today is turning into. Rads didn't go ahead due to my elbow sticking out?! This is despite being measured and tattooed last week....so got it all to do again at some point....

 

sat here in chemo unit , had herceptin injection.....blood pressure high and temp high....they are checking me every 15 mins.....gonna be a loooooong day! 

 

To all all my beautiful sisters.....thinking of you....those who have had chemo and those who have it coming up....I love you all xxxx

 

 

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Morning all yes a friend of mine told me about the exemption certificate otherwise I wouldnt have known.  We just got the form from the pharmacy at the GPs filled it in and sent it off and I got a little card in the post.  It has saved me an absolute fortune over the last few months with all the lotions and potions I have had to get, even mouthwashes.  I am feeling almost human today better make the most of the next few days.  I am about to wash my  hair.  I had a major panic yesterday as my head was really hurting and I was expecting to wake up with no hair this morning as T has thrown everything else at me but it is still there,for now.  I got a windscreen chip the other day coming home from the hospital and I may have the energy to sort it out  today.  My spots and scabs have stopped itching and seem to be calming down.  Hope everyone has a decent day x

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Trixielady, sending you a cuddle. We are all here with you however long it takes. Lots of love. Xxx

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Thank you Pastasmissus.  I'll do that today.

 

I was on track to put on 3 stone too.  Exactly half a stone up over each of my first three cycles.  Very disapproving looks from the onco nurses at each weigh in! Smiley Happy

 

But I tried harder on this latest cycle and managed to stay the same.  Hoping to do the same over this one and #6.  Fingers crossed.

 

The remaining one and a half stone I should be able to shift once treatment is over and I can get back to the gym and the pool.  I hope!

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I put on 3 stone with chemo :-(

Re exemption from prescriptions - you don't need a doctors appointment, go to the reception and ask for a form. Fill in your bit, then they will get the doctor to fill in their bit and send it off

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Good to hear from you Trixielady but sorry you are strugglingSmiley Sad

 

It's a case of gritting your teeth, and waiting it out, I guess.

 

I wonder how many oncologists have actually gone through chemo themselves....  they read all the side effects from a list but I bet they can't really visualise just how rotten it actually feels....

 

But like I said before, here's hoping we all come out stronger the other side.... I really believe we will x

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Morning ladies 

I'm much the same as you all putting on weight, having more bad days than good ones trying not to fixate but when the weather is so beautiful and finding it difficult to make use of it, concentration not good. Still another 6 chemos to go xx

Thinking about you xxx

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Oh that's not so bad. I will pop in and see if I can get a form from the oh so helpful and smiley receptionist Smiley Wink

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You just need to pick up a form I think or maybe you can apply online. Then a doc or nurse signs and sends it off for you. Well that’s how it works at mine. I’m pretty sure you won’t need an appointment. They will have info about diagnosis that’s all they need.  Xx

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Sonia I'm 1.5 stones up so I'm not far behind you!!

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PS same here too with reading.  My books and comics are piling up as the chemo makes my eyes fuzzy

 

Am listening to podcasts more and also reading on the kindle app on my iPad as I can enlarge that to proper old lady giant type Smiley Happy 

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I applied and have the free prescription charge, it’s saved me a fortune, as I’ve had to get bits from the gp, that have been all all caused by cancer but you get all your prescription free. I’m now getting Eczema shower gel bath stuff and cream to keep my skin from drying out before radiotherapy. 

 

🍀good luck seaside and Marilyn, 

sorry Edinbird that your feeling so cra*py today, your a few days ahead of me, so have it all to come. I’m more for warned this time on what to expect so have arranged lifts for the kids all weekend and other half is away.

 

Trixielady lady hope your okay, haven’t heard much from you. 

 

Nettinoo and MJB. I love audiobooks, they’ve been a god send as haven’t had the concentration level either. 

Well I think I’m the winner or rather unluckiest in the weight gain. I’ve put on just over 2 stone, was speaking to nurse yesterday and she said there’s not a lot you can do about it, just don’t worry at this stage( easier said than done) hoping some of it is the swelling in my legs too. I can pray. 

 

Its been lovely to hear all the good news and lovely pictures over the last few days, this Barry won’t knock us ladies down. It will be so lovely to see you all when we get to meet up. 

It really does feel like light at the end of the tunnel I know there’s radiotherapy, then hormone and I’ll have my

2 surgeries after that but feel like it will all be a breeze after chemo 💕💕

 

Hole you all have a lovely day ladies 

 

 

 

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So I get it from my GP?  This exemption thing?

 

I'd better start the ordeal of attempting to get a non urgent appointment then.  4 to 5 weeks wait at least..... sigh..... I hate trying to get in there!  

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Hi Nettienoo 

Glad to know I'm not alone in the inability to concentrate on reading books, I even have problems reading all the posts sometimes☹. Like you, my books are just sat neglected on our book shelf. I only hope my son and husband don't take it personally and think I don't like them.