23-07-2018 08:09 AM
No reason for my absence other than not having time to log in and write lots! It was nice to have last week relatively free of appointments, just the one MRI (as the final part of the research study I signed up for) but what with that being early in the morning and looking after GS one morning and trying to get out for a walk before it gets too hot I ended up not logging on as I find I can ‘lose’ too much time first thing in the morning. Excuses over! So, other than keeping out of the heat most of the time I haven’t really been up to much. It has been nice not having quite so many visits to the hospital this year (last year I was on Eribulin which was far too many visits) and also having minimal side effects from the current treatment so I’m relishing the freedom. We have managed to squeeze in two lots of friends for evening meals here which has meant some preparation etc (and late nights) but I’ve enjoyed it as it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to plan ahead and feel up to entertaining anyone other than close family. It’s also been lovely to be able to sit out in the evening with them whereas most summers we have get far too chilly by July as the good weather usually stops when it’s time for the schools to break up!
Carole, how lovely to have a playmate for your little pup, I hope it pays off and you don’t end up with double trouble! How hot is it where you are? When we were nearby for the wedding I think it was about 32C on the day of the wedding and about 25C at least at night which made for some uncomfortable nights as we stayed in older places without air con. Btw, Lily, it was a friends daughters wedding who went to infant school with my ED so we know the family well and ED was giving a short reading/poem so we were all in invited.
Lisa how are things your way? Are you getting any of this decent weather? I hope so as it so often misses out the far north.
Lily, enjoy the holidays, I’m sure you will and I hope Lisbon isn’t too hot for you - at least you’ve had time to adjust to the heat as it’s been so hot here! I might have said this before but the old style trams get so overcrowded as everyone want to get on one. There are newer ones on most of the routes I think which are far more dignified and cooler.
Well an even better week appointment wise this week as I have none, hooray. So I’ll be getting out for early walks then hiding inside like I did last week plus a bit of GS sitting. Enjoy your week everyone, if you can cope with the heat.
19-07-2018 11:01 PM
Hi everyone, how are you? Carole asked if I was near the end of term, yes this week but it has been so hectic in the weeks beforehand I hardly had time to do anything else so sorry for my online silence. Carole we have not had the final part of the refund yet but managed to get an email confirming everything from our bank so fingers crossed. I would never fly ryanair again as they have totally ignored my request, despite being on their form and posted to ireland. Nothing at all. Plus being left to stand at the gate and not be told they had no fuel and no plane. I think they were aware of that a long time neforehand and could have donbe more - like anything at all. My friend lost her planned holiday too due to pilot strikes. Carole the storm sounded freaky and I am glad it did not do any more damage as could have been catastrophic and you have had enough of those with your home already! How are the 2 pups getting on now? Any easier with 2?
Lisa how is your job going now? Any more plans for your house this year? Its been a while since you decorated and I know you love it. I am planning on changing the hall, landing and stairs as we had some new doors put in and it really updates the look so deserves a few less fingerprints!!
Nicky I forgot to ask whose wedding it was? A long way to go for a wedding but probably worth it from the sound of it. Sorry gs was unwell and it had to be when away, nightmare. Did your daughter manage to stay calm as mine would be frantic if taken into hospital.
Its been very quiet at home with son away with his work for a fortnight. Although we were on yhe mobiles to each other through the world cup games to exchange cheers and groans of disappointments. He was really fed up as had thought he might see their first win. I said as you get older you will get used to it! He has split with his gf so we are lodgerless now and he has found it difficult at times I think. Wedding fever has hit so we are all excited and the wedding dress has been picked. A spectacular creation that requires a catwalk figure. She certainly doesn't take after me, that's for sure. There are so many little ones and 3 are hers so it will be interesting to see how they are all included in the wedding. A little more difficult with boys. I am really looking forward to it already and its not until next year. Well better buzz off. Holiday in a week or so and I better get off the ground this time or I am going to sit in the middle of the airport and scream. So if you see a news article and see a woman dragged off, its me! Lily xx
11-07-2018 11:30 PM
Hi just a quick post to say fantastic news Nicky and I am so pleased for you. Well done Carole another dog!! Hope that will give Aero someone else to chew. Lisa your trip sounded lovely. Will catch up mor next time. Lily xx
10-07-2018 10:01 AM
I'm actually finding time to sit at the Laptop rather than my phone so can send a slightly longer message.
Lisa, how was the barbeque? Is your weather still hot?
Nicky that is brilliant news about your results you must be delighted? You sound fitter than me despite having ongoing BC.
Lily did you manage to get your refunds for your lost journey to Barcelona? You must be excited, only a couple more weeks of this year's term left?
Our weather has been extremely hot, but last week we had a very strange storm. Around 5 pm it started to get very dark and windy, so we knew something was going to happen. As we sat eating our meal half of a tree came flying into our garden during an extremely strong gust. The power went so we had dinner by candlelight lol. However, the electric was off for 24 hours and the windy storm was soon followed by heavy hail and rain, thunder and lightening. This weird weather didn't last more than a couple of hours and the debris of trees and branches in our garden and along the road was pretty full on. Fortunately, all our animals were inside otherwise I fear they may have been injured. The French news said it was a hurricane, but I think it was just a very strong gust of wind.
Then on Friday YD returned with all her belongings which as yet hasn't been sorted out so our house looks a bit like a charity shop.
Some other news, we decided to visit a French dog rescue. I had already decided that IF we took on another dog it would have to be a femail. Sure enough there was only one female there, she had been in the refuge for 4 days after being found just wandering around the streets. Their vet thought she was around the same age as our pup. Somehow we felt she found us! We have called her Mea, she's a cross lab. So for 2 and a half weeks we have been very busy with 2 young dogs, who get on really well. Mr P had to build a low fence around our pool area as Aero the chocolate lab decided he liked swimming and was jumping in and not getting out! The pool doesn't look as nice with a fence around it, but the pool liner might not have stood up to doggie paws.
I'm full of aches and pains, yesterday I think I pulled a muscle in my chest so find today some movements very difficult. I'm having a problem with one foot and I've also been stung by a wasp just above my knee and that has swelled up and still painful. The other knee (the one I fell on) still can't take kneeling and that has been 4 weeks now. Enough of my groans.
It's hard to believe we're in July already, where has this year gone? All from me, hope you managed not to fall asleep during my epic post xxxx
08-07-2018 03:04 PM
Welcome back nicky, sounds fab. Lots of people I know have had gastrointeritos heck ignore spelling. Poor wee thing. France sounds lovely but hot. I'm off to BBQ now after weekend in Newcastle so hopefully catch some soon.
fab news on results 🎉🎉😍😍😘😃🍾
05-07-2018 02:19 PM
I'm back! We had a fabulous time in France but unfortunately weren't able to meet up with Carole. I had explained this to her beforehand and had thought that it might be possible but we only had one free day whlist in that part of France and an awful lot of driving beforehand and still to go. As it turned out we had to help out ED as our GS wasn't very well (he had gastroenteritis) so we gave them a break that day and looked after him, keeping him out of the heat, cars and everything else! It was very very hot but where they had stayed was much breezier that in the town part where we were staying so it was better that we kept him in the shade and let him sleep as much as possible. He's fine now, it just worked its course, but they did need to take him to hospital to get checked after the local GP advised it. He needed to be kept hydrated and replace his salts and sugars as he'd been very sick on and off for a couple of days. Back to his happy self now though.
So, we had a fab time visiting quite a few areas of France on our way down to the wedding venue. The wedding itself was lovely, but everyone was so hot! It was held in what we call a country house but was called a chateau and it was absolutely picture perfect. Lots of fun, eating, drinking and dancing the night away. A long drive home but we broke it up with stops so GS wasn't too fed up in the car, and back home to even more sun - but luckiliy much cooler nights than in France.
Also I came back to my recent scan results which I had this morning and it was rather an anxious wait in the waiting room. Anyway it came back as all stable, no liver mets (or none that are visible), no other soft tissue mets and bones are stable. Phew, huge sigh of relief. Plus I had a routine heart checkup in London just before we went away and that came back probably higher than most of the general population! I'm now on annual checkups with them unless my treatment changes to a harsh chemo regime. So, I continue being stabbed left right and centre every 4 weeks but other than chatting to the nurses on those occasions I don't see anyone medical at all until my next scan results.
Hope all of you are doing OK. I'll catch up with any news from now on but just wanted to update you. Sorry to have missed you Carole, the extra drive would have just been a bit too far.
02-07-2018 10:36 PM
Hi all, been back a few days but straight back at work. We went to albuferia, in between old town and new town just to relax, so chills, walks and lots of fab food. We had amazing cake shop attached to us which was lovely and had some lovely meals courtesy of trip advisor, would never have found them. Even dad enjoyed the food. Weather was fab but boy it's hot here, I've got a fan on 24/7 it's been between 25 and 30 every day. 22 at night so very sweaty sleep, reminds me of the hot flush days..
nicky, that s fab news re your heart and figures crossed for other results. Hope you manage to meet up with carole x
lily, hope your holiday is coming up soon?
Carole, how's the weather your end and how is the puppy coping with it.
well short week again as off to Sarah millican on Thursday in Newcastle, so football tomorrow and love island then off again 😍😍👍👍
26-06-2018 09:44 PM
Well done Nick, really good to hear about your heart function now. Such a good thing you were brave and had the heart procedure, is it a year ago or more? Fingers crossed as always for latest scans to show the op has had a very beneficial effect too. Good job you are a brave person! Enjoy your breaks everyone. I will stay here and work booo while you all have a great time. I love the hot weather, love the footy too. One of the littles had their 7th birthday so 2 celebrations this month and another 2 nnext month and the holiday, so no chance of any kind of healthy eating, so having a great time ha ha. Take care. Hugs Lily xx
22-06-2018 07:12 AM
Have a great time Lisa and tell us all about it when you’re back. Where did you decide to go in the end (other than Portugal, I mean which city). The UK does look good weather wise next week and we’re also off but, as you say, at least there’s no work and for me no chores or appointments. I think I need to give a 👍🏻to all my friends about any holidays we have booked as every time we go away the weather turns better here and we miss it.
Carole, I’ll PM you about meeting up, I have been trying to check with both ED (and OH) about their plans and thoughts as there’s only one day we could make it and the weather outlook has been changing a lot since the early part of this month which will make a difference about what we’re all planning to do on that day. I expect you are watering you’re plants every day now and hopefully getting in your pool to cool off. Who needs a holiday when you have that on your doorstep?
Lily, well you asked where the sun was and you have now got it coming your way! I love this type of weather when it’s still cool in the morning but bright and breezy during the day. None of that humidity that stops us sleeping. Not long until your holiday which you must be looking forward to and I hope there’s no hiccups with the travel unlike Barcelona. How annoying that you have to chase up the insurance company but it always seems to be the way doesn’t it.
So a catch up from me. Not much to report other than all the appointments are over with for a week or two at least. Scans and treatment last week and then a heart check up this week which went really well and it’s good to know that my heart function is now as high, if not higher, than the healthy part of the population. Well done that team. And also I’m on an annual checkup now rather than 4-6 monthly but can obviously see them if I have a problem. Going on how some GPS up the doses of heart meds without the detailed knowledge that a specialist centre has I would definitely take them up on that should I need it. My MIL is having so many problems with her heart and her GP admitted to her the other week that she was wrong to give her a higher dose! Doesn’t instil confidence does it?
Anyway have a good weekend whatever you are doing. We are following the football, or most matches in the evening at least, and YD is loving Love Island but other than last night when she was watching it I haven’t seen it. Enjoy the ☀️ wherever you are.
21-06-2018 09:31 PM
Hi everyone. Lisa have a lovely holiday. I can't believe I booked Portugal so long ago and you have all got there before me. Making me excited to go though. Still no sign of the rest of our money I need to get on to them. Yes Lisa I am a fan too, have to be as that is all anyone talks about at work! Well that's my excuse. Love Lily xx
20-06-2018 11:21 PM
Hi all, sounds like you've all been busy too. I've been absent as so tired working so many hours to get into next stages at work so hopefully will settle down soon, I know when I've over tired as headaches and ears vibrate lol, I'm strange.
Carole hope you've got better weather now, we got the rain tonight but looks like a lovely week coming up, just as I head off to Portugal, looks like just as nice here, but no work there lol.
is everyone else off on hols soon?
im only watching footie, but I'm sadly addicted to love island, shussssss.....
catch you soon xx
19-06-2018 10:49 PM
Hi everyone, how are you all? Carole we could put the 2 mums together and they could put the whole world to rights ha ha. Well mine is on the phone to the doc as well. She is under the impression that they can cure anything and demands it. Last week she had called a paramedic out because she couldn't breathe and then opened the door moaning at him as she walked along on her zimmer, that she had a breathing problem. As she has had asthma all her life it beats me how she suddenly thinks that she would be able to do all this if in fact in trouble. Then she decided he could look at her legs while he was there and chatted about that! Everyone and everything seems to be wrong, which is tough work on visitors Hopefully this moody phase will move on very soon! Well it was my daughter's birthday not one of the littles. We had a ladies afternoon tea party where someone came and set the place up with yummy cakes and traditional china and cake stands. Then all the rest of the family came in later. i ate far too much and suffering now for it. I hope you knee improves soon, don't worry about scars they add character ha. I think we all have quite a few war wounds.It will be fab if you and Nick meet up, good luck with your plans. What is the new diabetes gadget, it sounds like a great improvement.
Nicky have you recovered a bit yet? Pretty much the best kind of tiredness, from grandchildren don't you think? I had 2 staying over the weekend and am still trying to catch up with work after that. A busy time with all your checks, fingers crossed as always for good results. Will you liver be healed yet? I agree the weather is so unreliable this year. I am sure it is lovely and sunny behind the thick bank of clouds. So much for global warming, I want to be warmer grrrrr. Are you watching the footy everyone? I love it but Vitcor is not a fan, so we watch separate tvs. Son is absolutely crazy about it and leaps up and down cheering, lovely to see people supporting their country really. School is just fulll of footy talk, so I have to keep up with the latest. Better buzz off. Lily xx
14-06-2018 09:07 AM
Lily, you are quite right, in another life we might have known each other. We have a few similarities what with our Mums and our children. Speaking of which I'm sure you're little pink will have a splendid birthday if you are organising it. How old is she, I guess about 3 now?? Talking of Mums, mine is still driving me crackers. She's given up her day centre one day a week, one chance to get out of that awful home she lives in and she can't be bothered. She was prescribed anti depressants in May but hasn't taken one! She seems to speak to her doctor about once a week over the telephone, he makes a decision about what is wrong and treats her with something from a phone call!
Nicky hopefully we can manage a meet somewhere, but I do appreciate how busy some holidays can be, let us see. Reading about how long your results take makes me appreciate the health system here in France. It is normal to come out of the radiology dept with Scans and report. Sometimes it involves a wait of about an hour - or longer - but it is nice to know the results on the day.
Lisa how is work now, are you enjoying all the changes?
I have a new device for testing my blood glucose. I'm excited about it because it means I no longer have to stab my poor fingers 5 or 6 times a day. It is available here on our health service but I understand it's not available in the UK and has to be paid for privately. As long as I can support the glue that it sticks to me with. As you may remember I seem to be allergic to most plasters and sticky things.
My poor knee still hurts, I can't believe how long it is taking. It looks rather nasty too so I'm sure I will be scarred.
I'm hoping today will be sunny, no rain is forecast for today which makes a change. So I had better get out and water the tomatoes and cucumbers.
Love to all Carole x
14-06-2018 07:25 AM
A busy few days for me over the past week or so. Looking after GS is quite exhausting and then playing catch up with all the usual things I do in the week just adds to the tiredness. Throw in a couple of nights of insomnia and that’s how I feel atm! Anyway I’m over the most hectic parts so hoping for a quieter few days although I do have several appointments to keep me on my toes. I will get the CT results when we get back from our hols as they won’t be through before we go, well the actual scan will be on the system immediately but it’s the report that takes the time. Then a routine heart checkup that was postponed from last month which will complete my latest MOT except for a liver MRI which hasn’t been sorted yet but is part of the research study rather than an essential part of my ongoing care.
Carole, sorry to hear about the fall. A few years back I slipped on holiday and as I had my hands full at the time I couldn’t stop myself hitting and grazing my knee. Boy did it sting and looked absolutely awful on the rest of the holiday sat by the pool. I still have a big mark where it took the skin off. I hope you’re adjusting to Mr P being back at work, it must be very strange the enforced separation but I guess other jobs also have that drawback, or is it a bonus (for some 😉). I will get back to you about whether we can meet up when we’re in France, OH and I just haven’t had much of a chance to check maps and work out how much driving we’ll be doing.
Lisa, it must warmer where you are than where we are for a change as we haven’t had the unpleasant sweaty nights! But maybe it’s because you’re at work and have to shut the house up during the day? I hate it when you can’t get to sleep but are desperate to.
Well it’s a overcast start to the day herein the South, very gloomy but due to brighten up later. What an odd year this year has been weather wise, one day hot and sunny the next day cloudy and much chillier. Oh well, at least it gives us Brits something to moan about.
13-06-2018 11:25 PM
Hi everyone, how are you? Carole your family match up agewise with my oldest 2. We would match up well if we had met when they were young. Sorry to hear about your fall, it sounds nasty but as you say thankfully nothing broken. Whenever I have fallen over it always surprises me how much more it hurts when you are older. Plus we tell little ones its just a scratch but yow!! Yes terrible weather, I think you have had more storms than us but at least there is not much watering as a bonus. Lisa that's disappointing to miss your night out too. Will you get a refund or tickets for a future date? Did you get your next holiday planned yet?
Our birthday hits this week so I have been busy trying to find something for her. She is an outdoor girl who would most love it if I bought her a pig. I am not joking and no I didn't buy one. They are going away so I am going to be busy as its their first ever sleepover. I think keeping them busy and wearing them out is the plan. Then a family dinner plus another on the day, so a busy week. What a good idea for ED to move nearer, its reassuring that you can get there quickly if needed plus the extra time you get with them instead of travelling. Our little pink went for just a day a couple of weeks to settle her in before she actually started work and was gone for a few days each week. That seemed to calm them both down. Nothing like an anxious mumy to make babies go crazy when they are left. How are your appointments going? Is everything going ok? Lily xxx
11-06-2018 11:29 PM
Hi all, sorrybeen so busy just finished working now so of to bed or the sweat box as it is at the moment it's so sticky hot here. Will catch up tomorrow glad everyone is okay xxxx lisa
11-06-2018 10:30 AM
Sorry for a short absence, I just don't know where the time goes.
We have had some nice hot sunny days and even managed to have a swim on a couple of those days. However, I think we've had our spring and summer as weather is back to rain and grey skies. We did have a terrific thunderstorm which seemed to last all through the night, 2 nights ago. When it hasn't been raining we've had some nice long walks with pups, who is still very boisterous and nibbling and biting. On saturday I took a tumble while out walking, how embarrassing, but have ended up with a badly grazed knee and stiff and painful arms and shoulders where I tried to break the fall. Luckily at my age, thankfully I didn't break anything
It sounds as though you've all been travelling. Rome is a definite (but only when it's cool), we will return their one day. Lily what a bummer that your Barcelona trip didn't happen, and it sounds as though it was a costly cancellation too. Anyway hopefully your trip to Portugal will not have any hitches.
Lisa did you get reimbursed for Peter Kay's cancellation? I know there has been a lot of discussion about him in the press but you don't know what to believe. He seems a very private man and it must be something quite serious for him to cancel all the tour. Just hope he's ok.
I have two children who passed 30 - ED 5 years ago and S 3 years ago. Time goes so quickly doesn't it? Yes it does make you feel old sometimes.
Mr P has been home for 5 weeks but returns to work tomorrow. You get into a routine as a couple again and then I get into my own routine being home alone.
Well time for me to get on. Love Carole xx
08-06-2018 08:21 AM
Lily - our ED hits 30 this year as well and wants to have a family trip to Disneyland Paris, taking little GS with us of course although he’d be too young to appreciate it. We will see how that planning goes but it’s not until the end of the year so we have a bit of time to do it. As she says it’s for her not him so she’s really wanting to go, ha ha. As to GS, yes he is a live wire and even now already shuts his eyes if he slips whilst holding on to something as he expects to bang his head! He’s been pretty mobile in one way or the other since he learnt to roll from about 5 months so we’ve had to watch him. He now crawls around properly having adopted a commando style crawl as his first way of moving in a proper direction - dragging his body weight along! What he does now do is sit and ply with things which is nice and is quite fascinated by things that spin, and that he can make spin so he’s not on the move all the time now which is nice. As to childminding I will help out on occasions but to be honest with my bone mets and also instability with disease i can’t commit to an arrangement. They have found a nice childminder and ED is changing jobs to a new company when she goes back from maternity to one that is much closer to home, just 10mins down the road, so she can be there for the mornings and evenings which she’ll love. Her current job is a big commute and wouldn’t have worked out although she loves the job and people. They have been really understanding and she’s actually been back working there this week as part of her return to work maternity package which is why I’ve had the little monster! It’s been lovely but my back is not happy at all!
And, yes, I’ve been to Bicester many times and have often popped in when we have been visiting family further up north as it’s just off the M40 which we have to cut across to get back home. It’s has grown and grown since it was first opened and it actually a destination place now for Chinese tourists! And I mean that as an actual itinerary item that a lot insist on as they save so much money on the designer brands they have there. It didn’t have so many of the top end designers at first but has expanded to include them. It’s the nearest we have seen in the UK that is like the outlet places we saw in New England many years ago when we first went to an outlet village.
I haven’t forgotten you are going to Lisbon but I hadn’t put any top tips as we went in February when it was very pleasant to walk around and therefore we walked a lot. I think in the summer it will be much hotter and busier so it’s difficult to know what to recommend to see other than the main sights. I’d say avoid the trams as much as you can especially the most famous routes. Obviously use them if you want and need to but they get soooooo crowded! Also visit Caiscais which is a seaside town which is meant to be very nice. We didn’t go that way as it was February so headed into the hills to see the mansions, but my parents have been there many times and say how lovely it is. There is a train line that runs there.
Anyway I get a day off from child minding duties today so am catching up on all the things I haven’t been able to get on with this week - they are very time consuming these little people aren’t they. However I am back on duty on Tuesday for my final shift which will be nice as I’ll have had a break over the weekend, and so will my back!
Have a good weekend all.