Blip

Back in December I told you how my PSA had gone up. From a low of 0.2 last May it had crept up to 0.3 in August and then leapt to 3.2 in December. The question was, was this leap a blip or a trend? It wasn’t yet at a level to require additional intervention but was a bit concerning, especially if it were followed by a further similar increase. Continue reading “Blip”

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Telephony

Walking down the road the other day  I saw a man sitting in his car frantically waving his arms around. For all the world it looked as if he was trying to beat off a wasp or some other annoying insect. When I got closer I could see that he was having an animated conversation on his mobile phone (cellphone in the US; a term which I used to find a bit confusing when US colleagues sent me messages starting “I am sending this from my cell . . .“). Continue reading “Telephony”

Carpe Annum

In comparison to 2016, with its diagnosis, chemotherapy and a few weeks holiday in the North East and Scotland, 2017 seems to have slipped into obscurity almost unnoticed. In fact things happened but not in the same way. There were milestones (in July it was 18 months from diagnosis when I was told that without treatment I had got 18 months; I got a certificate congratulating me for being in an Institution for 50 years; a 70th Birthday Party) and other activities that I have only alluded to in this blog. Continue reading “Carpe Annum”

Thought for the day

The other day it was a damp and misty morning and the older lady coming towards me on her walking frame greeted me with “A bit miserable in’t it“. This set me to thinking, we often refer to the weather being miserable but not to it being cheerful, (although I gather there is a book called “Cheerful weather for the wedding”).  I wonder why.

Anyway, whether the weather is cheerful, miserable, grumpy, wretched, chirpy or even effervescent wherever you are I hope you all have a good day tomorrow and a happy New Year.

Is it a blip or is it a trend (2)?

Just over a year ago I wrote “Is it a blip or a trend?” about my blood test results. That time is was an encouraging improvement in my platelet levels which allowed me to avoid Plan B and go on to Plan C. (Plan A was prednisolone which bumped up my blood glucose and played havoc with my diabetes, Plan B was rituximab, most of which’s side effects weren’t fatal, and Plan C was carry on with the lower dose prednisolone and see what happens and eventually stop the prednisolone). This time the question is aimed at a less than encouraging increase in my PSA levels. Continue reading “Is it a blip or is it a trend (2)?”

Should I worry about Black Friday?

I’ve been getting e-mails like “20% off EVERYTHING plus FREE delivery – we’re starting Black Friday early!” and “We’re counting down to Black Friday“. So Black Friday is coming – is it another day of doom? After all the Black Death in the late 1340’s was not a good time with more than half of Europe’s population dying. Continue reading “Should I worry about Black Friday?”