Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Into the second half of April

Something no-one told me about in this Coping with Non Hodgkin Lymphoma thing is how weird it is to live with someone who is eating all the time. Col was  packing in as many calories as he could for the last 10 days because he knows that after chemo cycle 5 he will feel really ill again. He has lost over a stone in weight since January so he's trying not to lose more. He's been eating big meals and grazing in between.
Anyway, he was called in for the 5th cycle on Monday night, they were planning to give blood transfusions Tuesday but decided he didn't need any, then today they inserted a filter thingy into a vein (the thought makes me feel quite peculiar!) to prevent any movement of blood clots into the lungs(or worse), they will get on with chemo tomorrow and let him out Friday. This 5th lot is the short dose but with the nastier side effects.

Just finished this book, another mentioned somewhere (?) on a blog. The first 3/4 of the book was well written, but when the author gets towards the end, the story breaks in a gallop and gets a bit silly.

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 This is what Amazon says about this debut novel
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for code-breaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined-and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family's hidden secrets, she'll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin's murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this thrilling debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a beautifully crafted mystery.

There are now 5 books featuring this character, with the 6th due later this year. Decided it was worth another go so I've ordered the 2nd from the library.

This morning after I'd huffed and puffed and shifted my paper storage drawers into the bedroom from the garage, I made a few cards for up-coming birthdays. I've had the paper flowers and leaves for years so it's good to see them used.

After lunch I went in to see Col and take him some more books. I've found I am the most hopeless hospital visitor because after 5 minutes in the ward I start yawning and after an hour I'm keen to get home again. I guess after nearly 37 years of marriage Col knows what I'm like and he never wants me to visit more than once a day - Thank heavens! ( I know that sounds awful- but I am nothing but honest!).
When I got home I was able to spend an hour sitting in the shed/summerhouse, out of the wind but in the sun, it's lovely to soak up a bit of warmth especially as the weather lady said we would be back to really cold weather by the weekend.

The latest Persephone Biannually arrived yesterday. I love to find out what out-of-print books they are planning to republish and was interested to read about one of the October books which is "Long Live Great Bardfield: The autobiography of Tirzah Garwood". I know absolutely nothing about this lady except it says she was married to the artist Eric Ravilious, but Great Bardfield is the next village to Finchingfield in Essex, where our friends live, so just for that reason I shall add it to my wish list.
One of the books our son gave me for my birthday was The Persephone Book of Short Stories, another to add to my Persephone collection -  wonder which box they are in?

Many thanks for the Happy Birthday wishes, although I said I groan about another birthday I don't really feel any older and I'm sure I'm still 25 inside!

Back Soon
Sue



18 comments:

  1. Love to you both - and you sit in that sun all you can while it lasts.

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    1. Thank you Pat, hope the Farmer is back to full strength now

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  2. I'm only 16!!
    All the best to Col.
    xx

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    1. Thank you. 16 was exams and starting work and worrying about boyfriends so I was better at 25 - married, first child, very happy

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  3. I know what you mean about hospital visiting. You feel like there should be lots of chat when at home you probably sit in companionable silence. Hope all goes well with the next round of chemo. Positive vibes to you both. X

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    1. Thank you. I think the visitors chairs are too uncomfortable for too long visiting

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  4. Dad was on steroids and he was always hungry. I remember Mum telling me she quite often cooked for him in the middle of the night. Scampi and chips at 4am is one that stands out. Hospital visiting is boring and tiring from both person's point of view. When I was in I got more enjoyment listening to what other visitors and patients were talking about haha.

    The cards are lovely, do you make all your own cards or just special ones? xx

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    1. Scampi and chips at 4am doesn't sound good - a bit early for breakfast!
      Some patients have visitors coming and going all day long, I feel sorry for the people who are feeling really ill and just want to sleep.

      I usually make all cards except Christmas. Seem to have collected rather a large stash of paper crafting stuff, mostly bought from car boot sales.

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    2. YES to what Suzanne said! I longed to see my visitors but after ten minutes I longed for them to leave...but I loved ear wiggling to the other visitors to the other patients!
      Love to you n Col X

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  5. Hoping this latest round isn't as bad as predicted and Col's home with you soon.

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  6. Best wishes for the the next round of treatment.x

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  7. I love the retro cover of that book. I hope Colin hangs on in.

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  8. Keep feeding him up Sue. Love the cards.

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  9. Lovely cards Sue. And how nice for you to have a sweet spot to sit in the sunshine. Take care

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  10. Soak up the sun while you can...all the best to Col...x

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  11. All the best to your husband. It must be very difficult knowing he is about to face a particularly tough round, and eating to prepare for the inevitable loss of weight again. I'm glad you have your books to distract you and keep you company. -Jenn

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  12. I have the new catalogue put aside for some reading and am looking forward to it, I think that I might order myself a new book as they do have some great stuff don't they. Glad you are keeping things real! xx

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  13. best wishes to Col.

    I'm glad you got to enjoy the sun. Funny weather we have isn't it? yesterday was so sunny and quite warm, today it's back to freezing. I hoped my washing would get dry today, but nope. Cold and damp all day long!

    To answer your Q, yes, wind cuts through here. It comes off the park and even in summer can be quite cuttingly cold! xxx

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