Post listing

This Page is a quick guide to the posts I have published for anyone who wants to glance through the blog and find things of interest rather than read through it like a book from first post to last post.


  Life in General Prostate Cancer, Chemotherapy & Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)
Am I being too cautious? Re-adjusting life for chemotherapy. Hang on, let’s just step back a bit. Raised PSA, tests, diagnosis, prognosis and getting ready for chemotherapy. Joining the STAMPEDE trial.
The joy of a fountain pen Handwritten diaries v wordprocessing. Three days, three needles CT scan, blood test and first chemotherapy session.
Our neighbour shouted at me Fire in three thatched cottages. Immunity nadir. Did I take my pills? Getting used to a new routine.
Holding on to Little Dribbling Thanks  Jo Gambi for explaining chemotherapy, Bill Bryson for a book title and stromatolites. Am I being too cautious? Potential side-effects of chemo.
Why do wombats do cube shaped poos? Well do you? And another thing World health day (bet you didn’t know there was one)
Plain English – never heard of it! Misinterpreting a text and corporate doublespeak. Beetroot is not my colour Raised temperature, a dash to A&E and intravenous antibiotics.
I once ran in the same race as Zola Budd Running (or walking) for charity. Another day another needle Follow up blood test after being released from A&E.
The best laid plans . . . . Failing to avoid potential sources of infection. Why do wombats do cube shaped poos? The recovery of the neutrophils
From larks to in-boxes Out for a walk across the fields with the dog. So you want to know what my chemo session is like? A description of chemo 2
The world of work – a trip down memory lane How work has changed since I started fifty years ago with the dividing line between work and home  horribly blurred. “You don’t feel your usual peachy self” How you feel when on chemotherapy – not ill but . . . .      Who should I tell?
The world of work – holidays and cold calls Who does your work when you’re not there The best laid plans . . . . Failing to avoid potential sources of infection.
Missing cake and nearly familiar faces  Can you have your cake and eat it? and When “How are you?” really means “Who are you?” From larks to in-boxes Discovering others who have/had Prostate Cancer when out on a walk
Woolly thinking and Wollongong Snails Clear thinking and good English go together,  over-reliance on  management -speak  an indicator of woolly thinking. “Everybody dies. But not everybody lives.”
Running and Cycling (not me I hasten to add) Other people running and cycling for fun and for charity. Three down, three to go Halfway point in my chemo and numbers (PSA, neutrophils) looking encouraging.
Running and Cycling (update 1) £5,275 raised towards an all-terrain wheelchair for a boy at my granddaughters’ school. Woolly thinking and Wollongong Snails A new class of molecules adapted from the white rock sea snail  could help fight off cancer cells.
Musings on the blogosphere nothing to do with chemo or prostate cancer but on the parallel universe of ‘life goes on’. Steady as she goes Platelets, haemoglobin and white blood cells the highest for years,  PSA and neutrophils looking good.
More musings More misuse of English In, Out and Shake it all about Tomorrow is chemo 5 (and a referendum)
In, Out and Shake it all about Confusion over the referendum – a complex problem is then reduced to a simple yes/no question Numbers, numbers, numbers    My latest numbers which I got at chemo 5
Numbers, numbers, numbers Friends on our way to the top of Scotland  and some referendum (In or Out of the EU). Wobbly legged and listless Life with chemotherapy – “You look so well, you can’t be ill.”
A casualty of war WW1 and death in Mesopotamia Countdown – three weeks to normality? Reflections after final chemo session.
Running and Cycling (Update 2) and a secret blog An update on the cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats for Hearing Dogs and my other blog Mr Grumpyface Scratched by a cat
Holding on . . . . Letting go. Some thoughts about the late Les Stocker of Tiggywinkles If you don’t look in the mirror have you lost any hair? Perceptions and reality of hair loss.
Book exchange – a Literary pyramid  Stirring up a bit of a hornets nest by pointing out the immorality of a post doing the rounds on Facebook. A new word Thrombocytopenia rears its head. Another trip to A&E.
1066 and all that A day trip to Wrexham for a Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Numbers How our lives are ruled by numbers
Feeling like Stig of the dump More subtleties of the English language. Numbers 2 Platelet levels and other numbers
You can stop but you can’t leave Even after you stop  people will still talk to you about being a wildlife rescuer and injured wildlife will hunt you down. What if . . . ?  Finding a suitable Medic-Alert bracelet and Plan B for immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)
A short break A holiday between the end of the school holidays and my next appointment with my oncologist ICE, paper and blood  Another ‘blood draw’ aka blood test.
My sister and I have never spoken – a re-post of Victoria Scott’s post about her sister who has Rett syndrome.  Is it a blip or a trend? Platelet numbers unexpectedly improve so it’s Plan C.
Numbers 2 Do icebergs have barcodes?  50 Not Out Comparing the prostate cancer diagnosis with ITP diagnosis
ICE, paper and blood In Case of Emergency numbers, ‘Health’ apps and a newspaper columnist’s take on being referred for tests.  You look well Differing perceptions and how I was thrown when people added ‘better than when I last saw you’.
50 Not Out Computer failure, panic phone calls and words with two meanings  Not 50 but 52 Platelet levels continue to rise and a connection with Antarctica.
Rule No. 25 – Why work at getting it right when you can let things drift and have a really big bust up?“A  tale of ignored advice and missed opportunities.  Testosterone fast and feast is bats Latest results and a novel approach.
 Time is leaking out of my Laptop Where has it gone?  Getting blood out of a stone? My adventures with a blood glucose monitor.
Young Voices Hair loss and a trip to the O2 to hear a 7,495 strong choir Animal health and blood numbers How do you count platelets?
Life in the 1950’s – a few memories Farewell 2016 Brief reflections
 What’s in a name? Using a change of name as a smokescreen.  Platelet mysteries My latest platelet numbers (and a Radio 4 discussion on prostate cancer).
Thank goodness for the NHS -a reposting  on the impact of the proposed repeal of “Obamacare” in the USA  MRI a better route to identify PC Links to a couple of recent breakthroughs
Big data and little data – elections and platelets the impact of “big data” on the recent US Presidential election and the UK’s EU referendum. Big data and little data – elections and platelets – the latest platelet figures.
 Wellington boots – dealing with leaks and a hairy milestone  Flushes, Antigens and Platelets – hot flushes and progress on the PSA front.
 To write, or to learn to write? – can we continue to learn?  My three legged stool – glycated haemoglobin level returning to normal
Madness down under – Great Barrier Reef under threat amid financial shenanigans. Fine tuning the PSA sledgehammer – a report on new tests being developed.
I didn’t realise gas was so heavy An insight into glass flame work My platelets are better than yours – my latest numbers & the weakest go first.
Times they were a-changing – The bi-annual ritual of changing the clocks Trip to pup – encouraging results from Zytiga trials. #LifeWithCancer
Do they really mean that? – Occasionally I will see a notice that amuses me. Steady as she volunteers – Latest PSA figure.
Some musings on IT (I.T. not ‘it’) – Crashes, ransomeware and parking.  Please vote for CCHF – an opportunity to get a bigger slice of a charity cake for CCHU
Steady as she volunteers – A bit about volunteering Spare a thought for the ‘spectators’  – 18 months from diagnosis confirmation
It’s what Fathers are for – Fathers Day It’s that nervous time of year again – Latest results – PSA drifting upwards. No panic.
 Watch out for flashing bunny ears – marshalling a midnight walk  Those darn platelets – Numbers drop again
 Spare a thought for the ‘spectators’ – the impact on those around me, where did July go? Do they really mean that (5) and platelets platelets holding their own . . .
Big brother is helping you – my writing language and style being taken over by MSWord.  I don’t do reversing –  annual diabetes review
How many paths must a man walk down?  Is it a blip or a trend (2)? – PSA on the rise.
How far is Norway?  – the wrong length for an undersea cable Blip – need for better tests and awareness. PSA back on track.
If only . . . – the march of technology / tragedy in America
Do they really mean that (5) and platelets – “At the time travel company First Bus . . .
I don’t do reversing –  one morning as a volunteer parking attendant
Blog to book or not to book – should I turn my blog into a book? Furthest South now available from Blurb
I survived class 5 – a talk to my granddaughter’s class.
 An enigmatic Facebook challenge (part 1) & (part 2) – seven black and white photos
Should I worry about Black Friday? – is it as bad as it sounds, and Oxford’s castle quarter.
 Thought for the day
 Carpe Annum – 2017 slips into oblivion
 No good deed goes unpunished – Being helpful.
 Cakes and deliveries – old fashioned small business customer care and modern day corporate “Customer Care”

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