Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Home alone, good TV and other stuff

I am still home alone (unless you count Polly the cat- and she's not very talkative) because Col is still stuck on the oncology ward. They gave him antibiotics and then a different sort, they've given him platelets but the levels are only creeping up slowly. He might come out tomorrow, I hope so. Then he should be due for the 5th chemo cycle next week but this may be delayed. The doctors have explained about stem cell treatment which he will have after the 6th chemo session, it requires 4 WEEKS in hospital, most of it in a single room to avoid infection. Oh my goodness, he will be institutionalised!!  not to mention bored stiff.

This is the photo of Col that our son posted on his Facebook page the other day when he took a giant Haddock sandwich into hospital for Cols teatime treat. M and R had popped down to Felixstowe and Col had put in a request for decent food. I'm not sure this counts as Good but he needs all the calories he can get at the moment and there's no chance of that with hospital food.

Now to the good TV programmes - We watched most of The Farming Life which finished last week. It was a series of 12 programmes describing a year on 5 farms in various parts of Scotland. The hard work in harsh conditions was something I wouldn't want to do that's for sure. I enjoyed seeing some of the farmers showing their animals at auctions and agricultural shows which I never wanted to do when we kept goats and sheep (not that we ever had anything worth showing anyway!).
On Sunday evenings I've been watching Paul O'Grady getting involved in the work of the Salvation Army. I'm not keen on him but I am interested in what the sally army do. An aunt and uncle were uniformed members all the way through their lives and my cousins  and their families are now. My Gran went to a Salvation Army over 60s group when she was alive and her funeral was at the Stowmarket Citidal.
On Monday Night there was a fascinating programme about The Vikings and their journeys across the world all those years ago.

And all the other stuff - a  larder fridge has been ordered, I shall ring up one of the charities that collect, and donate the old fridge to them along with an armchair from the shed. I know I ought to be selling them on ebay but at the moment I just can't be doing with the hassle.
On Tuesday I had time to go on a tour of the Ipswich charity shops to look for some baby clothes for the 2 bumps, but there were so few around. Some charities don't have any at all but there is a jumble sale at the local Scout group on the 21st and luckily they are not from us and I must try to get to some boot sales.
 As her OH is working away in Manchester this week our youngest asked me to go with her for the first scan of her bump this afternoon. Mini bump was turning somersaults! We were both glad to see only one baby (my dad was a twin so you never know) and the heartbeat was fine so that's good news.
When did ultrasound scanning start? I can't remember if I had scans for any of our three in 1980, 81 or 87? Anyone know?

Back in a while
Sue

48 comments:

  1. That is quite a sandwich! Do hope that Col gets home for a while soon. Great news about the scan, pleased all is well with baby-to-be.

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  2. I suddenly feel hungry. Our first daughter was born in 1982 and was scanned. We were allowed to look at the screen but there was no question of being allowed a copy. When our second was scanned, because my wife was a nurse, the radiographer secretly printed one off for us.

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    1. I've just been reminded our first was born in 1984.

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    2. Oh Philip that made me laugh!! Out loud!!

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  3. How exciting to see "mini bump" with your youngest! In the U.S., sonograms were pretty standard by 1987 (when my oldest was born). Glad to see Col eating something he finds tasty. Not easy during chemo. We're still keeping him in our thoughts & prayers on California's coastline as he continues on with his treatments. 4 weeks is a long time in hospital, but you can always bring him books, crossword puzzles, etc. I'm sure you'll both be SO glad when this is all over!

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  4. Continuing to keep both you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers. I've just completed round 3 of 12 rounds of the 2nd half of my chemo sessions.

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  5. Ooh that sandwich looks good! Sending best wishes.
    Our eldest was born in 1988 and scans were done then plus telling the gender if you wanted - the first son they got right but the second was wrong - another son popped out and he was meant to be a little girl!!!

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  6. Giant haddock sandwich looks amazing. It's good he is able to get stuck into a treat like that.

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  7. I hope all goes well with the stem cell stuff, can he have a lap top in there or an I pad he could skype family then.
    I enjoyed This Farming Life and also watching Paul O' Grady loving it :-)

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  8. I really enjoyed farming Life, though I thought they intervened with the birthings too soon.
    I reckon Col should do a blog for the four weeks. I'll follow!
    Gill

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  9. Goodness! That certainly IS a giant sandwich. :) Thinking of you all and sending LOTS of warm thoughts and prayers your way.
    How exciting to see the "mini-bump"! I didn't had any scans with either of my babies (back in the '80's) so it was SO exciting to see the grandbabies. Best to everyone.

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  10. Yum on the sandwich. I hope Col gets liberated from there soon. Good luck on baby clothes shopping. My eldest born in 1988 and was scanned but no sex told for all three boys beforehand.

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  11. How glad to seeCol enjoying something he fancied to eat-it's so difficult when you have no notion for food. Skyping/FaceTime sounds good if it can be managed when he is in isolation. Catriona

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  12. I had an ultrasound with my last baby in 1981 and I remember some friends having them before that. They were not done as a regular part of pre-natal care though.
    When my daughter was having chemo she lived on Big Macs (shudder) and hot chips and gravy. She said it helped her nausea same as when she was pregnant.

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  13. I had an ultrasound in 1978 but had to drive to another hospital. It was because I miscarried. My doctor got a machine in 1980 at his office, as a friend of mine delivered twins that were not expected ( he delivered them).
    Hope you are ok. It must get lonely. Good luck with the baby clothes. I see lovely ones at the car boot sales and had great luck at the jumble sales when my grandchildren were expected.

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  14. My first ultra sound was 1983 with my third child and I was told by three doctors looking at the image that it was a boy. Then I had a girl.

    It's wonderful that your OH has an appetite! And that he is not having any issues with his gums.

    Don't worry about selling stuff. You can only do the best you can and that is pretty amazing from where I sit!

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  15. Bless you both! That is quite a sandwich!
    Hope the scan results come out well.
    My daughter in law delivered our first grand a few weeks ago.
    She had several scans because of family issues.
    One was 3 D, which I'd never seen before.
    The detail was amazing, it was done through a private company.

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  16. That sandwich looks good and definitely full of calories! At least he hasn't lost his appetite
    My three are about the same ages as yours (81,82,86) so definitely no ultrasound scanning them.

    Julie xxxxxx

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  17. Wow, what a sandwich, glad you take take him things in that you know he'll enjoy. Best wishes to you all.

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  18. Nice to see him tucking into a treat, goodness knows he deserves it, hope you are keeping well Sue x

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  19. We love a good 'fish finger' sandwich, Col looks like he is thoroughly enjoying it. Hope he is home soon.

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  20. What a sandwich Col is tucking into! I enjoyed the Viking prog. We loved The Durrells on Sunday. The farming programme featured the Isle of Lewis and we went there to look at a house. The scenery even in the throws of winter, we went in October, was fabulous but i have to admit I am glad we are where we are!x

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  21. I had one scan for each of my boys, 1990 and 1992, there seem to be more scans done now.
    My husband has just spent 10 days lying in bed in hospital with a broken leg. He got his iPad connected to the hospital wifi and watched quite a lot on iPlayer. When he didn't feel up to concentrating much, he could just watch 10 minutes at a time - as you say there has been some good TV recently. He was also able to buy a daily paper, someone came round to the ward selling them each day - not that reading the news is very cheerful at the moment!

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  22. I had scans with all my 4, the first born in 1983. It may have depended in those days on where you were booked in to have your baby. I think I only had one (if any) scans with my 4th (1990) as I was booked in to have him locally (which didn't happen in the end due to shortage of midwives). My first (1983) was born in Oxford at the John Radcliffe, a teaching hospital, so my guess is that in hospitals like those they probably started doing scans as routine sooner than other hospitals.

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  23. I've never seen a whole-fish sandwich before - that's some sandwich and what a treat for Col. Just wishing you both well.
    Margaret P

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  24. The farmer and I think This Farming Life is the best country programme for a very long time. We didn't miss an episode and enjoyed every minute of the realistic presentation. So much more grass roots stuff than Country File. Love to Col. Hope he enjoyed that Haddock -it looks good.

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  25. Hi Sue I am hoping Cols problems get sorted. & your move went well & you are enjoying exploring the town. I am so looking forward to your baby bump in October, it will be our 9th Great Grandchild, We are so happy for them both. Take Care

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  26. Now that's a sandwich and a half! Glad to see Col is able to eat it. Couldn't agree more over hospital food. Every time Dad went in he would lose yet more weight that he could ill afford to lose, and I just could not blame him for not wanting to eat the unappetising mess that they served him. I would not have given it to the dog it was that bad.
    The programme on the Vikings was very interesting, and I also enjoyed watching the Scottish farming programme.

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  27. Fish finger butty is my favourite. My sister had a scan in 1980 but only because she had problems. I never had any 1980 and 1984. Its fascinating to see it live, I went with my youngest who suffers gestational diabetes virtually every fortnight. Near the end you can literally only see the head or the tummy!

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  28. That big fish sandwich sure doesn't look like hospital food and was probably enjoyed immensely! Ultra sound scans have changed so much even from when I had my first baby in '96. I had one ultra sound only. Now, the younger women that I work with have multiple ultrasounds throughout their pregnancies and they have big "reveal" parties to share the sex of the baby before hand. -Jenn

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  29. All good wishes to your husband. I am so impressed with how you are managing too with the move and getting settled in. The Vikings are so interesting, I had no idea they had raided Paris until I saw a similar show. Good luck with the baby clothes search. I hope you have some spring flowers to enjoy.

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  30. Hi Sue - I have been following how your life is these days. Being in town is so different from where you were, and although practical, it must be such a wrench to leave the countryside. I hope Colin manages many more fish sandwiches to keep his strength up and wish you both all the very best. PS - no scans as routine when I had my one and only in 1981!

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  31. I had scans with all 3 of mine but there was no picture and they didn't tell you the sex. 1984, 1986, 1987. Hope all goes well with your husband. Hope you get lucky with the baby clothes.

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  32. Sorry to hear Col is still in hospital...and soon likely to be for a long stay. You have lots of friends in blogland and I hope we in some small way we can help you through the difficulties during Col's treatment. Chin up and onwards. oxo

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  33. hope Col's platelets come up soon. that is quite a sandwich. The SCT is quite arduous and the time in the hospital really depends on how long it takes for the stem cells to engraph and the blood counts to come up.
    Best to you both.

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  34. My friend's husband had a stem cell treatment and he was only in the hospital for a few days and then she had to organize care for him at home for a month. He was pretty much told that if care could not be secured he would not be eligible for the transplant. It was a really tough time for him at home. There is an advantage to staying in the hospital. You will be able to bring him special goodies and baby him and leave the other care to the nurses.

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  35. I had scans with both of my boys in 1981 and 1987, but you didn't get to keep a copy of the photo in 1981.

    That fish butty looks HUGE .... I bet it went down a treat. You'll all have to be taking him regular food supplies if he's going to be incarcerated for four weeks or he'll fade away to nothing.

    Why, of why is hospital food so bad ... just when you need good nutrition and meals to look forward to, or to tempt your appetite they feed you on crap!!

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  36. Beaming you and Col lots of support. I hope he is home soon where he belongs.

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  37. I had scans in '74/75 when I had my daughter at Whithington Hospital, Manchester. there was no photos then and they could not tell you the sex of the baby.

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  38. How exciting for you to go and see the bump scan! I am sure that made you very happy indeed. I hope that Col is home again by now and that you are busy feeding him up, that certainly was a massive sandwich wasn't it! The charities will appreciate your donations I am sure, and I know you will be glad of a decent sized fridge! Hope you have a good weekend! xx

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  39. Whopping fish butty. It
    L do him good! What a long slog this treatment is. Just gotta keep on keeping on. Bloody cancer

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  40. Gawd that fish butty looks fabulous.

    I think I had a scan with my first in 1979. I definitely had one with my second in 1983.

    Hope you are continuing to settle in to your new home and surroundings-x-

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  41. A haddock sandwich sounds splendid, I hope i was enjoyed!
    Good luck with the baby buys, hope the jumble comes up trumps but you'll be spoiled for choice at the boot sales I bet.
    Lisa x

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  42. Anything that tastes good while going through chemo is great. I am three years breast cancer free and remember the smell of food was horrible. Hope your dh is able to go home sooner then later and will be praying for your family. Cheryl from the USA.

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  43. Stem cell therapy has been very effective with one of my family members - I hope it will be for Col too.

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  44. That fish butty would count as decent food in my book and Col looks like he's enjoying it which is the main thing. 4 weeks in hospital is a long time, let alone in a room on your own, that'll be tough going.

    I had my 2 in 2000 and 2005 so definitely had scans. My nieces are in their 20's and have had these new 3d scans, paid for by themselves. It's amazing what they keep coming up with. xx

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  45. I had my first ultra sound with our youngest here in Canada in 1981. I think that the ultra sounds started here in 1980 or so as a standard practice.

    God bless.

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  46. Looks like some good food for Colin. Sending support your way, even it is just in thought...

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