At the end of March (Upping the ante) I told you that my daughter-in-law Toni and her friend and running companion Carol have made a rash decision – they have entered the Great South Run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a 10 mile unencumbered run when they are used to 10 kilometre runs which have obstacles to allow them to take a breather (she’ll probably tell me off for suggesting that that is what they are for). Continue reading “Upping the ante (2) – 150 days to go”
Blood Tests This month I had oncology and haematology appointments only a week apart so I thought it silly to go for two separate blood tests. Off I went to the surgery with two blood test forms and found that the phlebotomist also had one form (from my GP) so she had the challenge of seeing how they differed and whether she could combine them and avoid taking too many gallons of my red stuff. After all, they all wanted a FBC, LFT and U&E (that’s a Full Blood Count, Liver Function Test and Urea and Electrolytes). In addition Oncology, not surprisingly, wanted a PSA figure (I would be worried if they hadn’t asked for that) and my GP wanted a couple of other things. Continue reading “Is there a trend?”
When I gave a talk about Antarctica to my granddaughter’s class (I survived Class 5) I was asked about how I had written “Furthest South“. I briefly (it was getting near lunchtime) explained the process of writing, revising, improving and proof reading. I could have said more had I had the time, and the time to think about it. So with a bit of thought I have managed to turn a two sentence reply into a 2,500 word essay. Now my blogs are usually closer to 700 words so this is going to be rather longer than normal! Continue reading “Genesis of a book”
In Faster diagnosis? I mentioned developments in MRI technology (which could also lead to better diagnosis). Scientists at Dundee University have been working on developments in ultrasound – a technique called shear wave elastography. This relies on the fact that cancerous tissue is stiffer than non-cancerous tissue. This can be detected on an ultrasound scan and so cancerous tissue can be pinpointed more accurately. The information obtained allows a better diagnosis which in turn leads to better treatment. In addition it should be cheaper than an MRI scan and so be more widely available. Continue reading “Better diagnosis?”
Ten years ago I was invited to give a talk at one of the monthly socials run by the Amersham & Chesham branch of the MS Society. Since then I have been asked back half a dozen times and fortunately I have found half a dozen other topics to talk about. Therefore when I spotted an Article by BBC reporter Caroline Wyatt titled How I’m feeling after my MS ‘body reboot’ I thought I would read it.
It is a well written (as you would expect) and thought provoking piece. Continue reading “Faster diagnosis?”
The bilby is a nocturnal marsupial which was once widespread across Australia, but it has become a rare sight, largely due to predation by feral cats and foxes, plus the invasion of rabbits. The bilby’s struggle for survival sparked the rise of chocolate bilbies down under in place of bunnies at Easter. We were lucky enough to see some bilbies (which are part of a captive breeding programme) when we visited Kanyana a few years ago. The chocolate Easter Bilby is growing in popularity, which is raising awareness of the bilby’s struggle for survival and also represents the plight of many of Australia’s native animals in the face of introduced species.
My daughter-in-law Toni and her friend and running companion Carol have made a rash decision – they are going to up their game and instead of running 10k (with or without obstacles) they are going to run 10 miles. Now as regular readers will know half a mile (or the distance to the station platform when I saw the train coming) were my limit so I am in awe of anyone who can run 10k let alone 10 miles. As I said in an earlier post I think walking is a more sensible way of getting round than running which seems to involve far too much hard work. But each to their own.
They have set up a justgiving page saying that they are running Great South Run at the end of October for Cancer Research UK. They actually managed 10k in a smidgeon under an hour the other day so they have got 7 months to work on the other 4 miles. Mind you if it’s in October they will probably be running in a blizzard (I’ll say anything to encourage them!!).
I will keep you updated on their progress (both their running and their fundraising).