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Get on your bike!

July 27th, 2020 · Comments Off on Get on your bike! · Life

I see that the government want to encourage more people to take up cycling to improve health by reducing obesity. While it is easy to pick holes in this, the gist of it is very laudable. There shouldn’t be any doubt that reducing weight leads to improvements in health and that cycling can help to […]

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One in a million (and a half)

April 20th, 2020 · Comments Off on One in a million (and a half) · Life

A couple of weeks ago I received that letter from the NHS that was, apparently, being sent out to 1.5 million people who are deemed to be vulnerable. While I don’t feel particularly vulnerable, I was not surprised to receive the letter, it was still a bit of a shock in a way because it […]

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Second attempt at normality

May 12th, 2019 · Comments Off on Second attempt at normality · Life

So this is what has been going on with my little health issues. On Easter Monday I was allowed home after my big operation. This represented a really quick recovery because it was a massive operation. Actually it was more like a stomach operation + a chest operation + a tracheostomy, all lasting about 12 […]

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Back in one piece

April 21st, 2019 · 1 Comment · Life

It looks like that cancer thing is over now. Still to be confirmed, but it is all looking good so far. I went in for an operation to remove the tumour, along with a big chunk of my oesophagus, on April 10th. After that I spent about a week in intensive care before getting released […]

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False Alarm

April 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on False Alarm · Life

Over the weekend our Jack Russell had us worried. He was having trouble eating, looking like he was choking when he had food or a treat. Although he can be a bit of a drama queen it was very disconcerting because that is exactly how I felt last year and that turned out to be […]

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Operation inflation

March 22nd, 2019 · Comments Off on Operation inflation · Life

Well. Had a meeting with my surgeon today. Instead of the original estimates of a 7-hour operation followed by a hospital stay of 7 to 14 days, where they might try to send me home after 5 days it now looks a bit different. Because they want to put in a tracheostomy for various reasons […]

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I finally got a date

March 15th, 2019 · Comments Off on I finally got a date · Life

Had a phone call from the hospital. They have had a look at the results of my CT scan (good news – the tumour has lost a lot of mass, although it still give me problems with eating) and fixed a date for the big operation where they take a big chunk of my oesophagus […]

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First world problem

March 13th, 2019 · Comments Off on First world problem · Life

One of the many side effects of the ECX combination of chemotherapy is that skin on the hands and feet can get sore or red and can peel. Amongst all the jargon and technical terms this particular side effect stood out because of its blunt, Ronseal ‘does-what-it-says’ name: “hand-foot syndrome”. I did have several of […]

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Health update

March 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on Health update · Life

This is one of my irregular health updates, for anybody who is interested. Chemotherapy has finished now, which is a huge relief. I was getting very bored with dissolving all those tablets and injecting them down my jejunal feeding tube. I was also a bit bored with having a permanent cold, feeling tired & dizzy […]

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Normal service

March 4th, 2019 · Comments Off on Normal service · Life, Work

After a couple of months of absence and working from home, I went back into work today. I don’t think I will be in all day, every day, but going in on a Monday morning is an attempt to get back to normality. Of course it is only temporary. Either I will be going in […]

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