Friday, 27 May 2016

Here is the Good News From a Small Suffolk Bungalow

We are Grandparents! Whoop whoop!
Our eldest had a little boy at 11.30 this morning. Mum, Dad and baby are all well. No name yet. He is a tiny baby 6lb 2 oz and 3 weeks early because they were a bit worried about H's health. Very exciting, hope we get some photos soon. We will get down to Surrey to see them  as soon as Col is well enough.

 Col was called in Monday night to grab a bed ready for the 6th chemo cycle to start on Tuesday morning, but it didn't because his platelet level was too low. The doctor decided that while they were waiting to see if the next blood test was better they would do a bone marrow sample to see how things are progressing. Col asked for gas and air as pain relief because it's a very painful procedure. The results of the bone marrow are good, there is no sign of Lymphoma now. His next blood test was OK and they finally got going with the chemo on Thursday morning. All being well he will be home on Saturday evening. We had a chat with the cancer nurse specialist who has explained the next stages of treatment (stem cell therapy and a different chemo) to consolidate everything that's been done and put the NHL into remission for as long as possible. We knew right from the start that it would be probably be a year until he was well again - and that still seems to be the time scale. The biggest risk with everything isn't the treatment but the chances of serious infection while he has no immune system. So it will be limited visiting for the weeks he has to spend in hospital during the summer.

Our son has been offered a permanent job as a Project Officer with Suffolk Archaeology CIC (once Suffolk County Council Archaeology Dept). He has been working for 8thEast for 2 and a half years but their funding runs out in the Autumn.  8thEast and Suffolk Archaeology have consulted and negotiated and found a way for him to work part time for both so he can see out the Airfields project. Such good news. He has managed to work in his chosen profession since finishing uni in 2004 - something very few archaeology graduates do.

Our youngest had her 20 week scan today and all is well with her bump.

And finally we got a letter from Department Work and Pensions giving him more benefit money per week back dated to April (from £73 to £109 - handy, no idea why).


So good news all round. I am a happy Nanna Sue!

Back soon
Sue

51 comments:

  1. oh congratulations! Such lovely, happy news :O)

    Sorry for Col though, he is really going through it.

    xx

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  2. Many congratulations Sue, lots of things to be happy about :-))

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  3. Many congrats to all on a clutch of great new happenings!
    Lisa x

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  4. Congratulations on the new addition, Nanna Sue! :)
    Sounds like a lot of good news.

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  5. Oh congratulations Nanna Sue, and Grandad Col, awesome news a all round xx

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  6. Congratulations! So glad for all the good news!

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  7. Congratulations to you both..
    sara

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  8. All the news sounds good - so hang on in there you two.

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  9. Whoop whoop! Where to start with all that good news. Congrats, congrats, congrats.

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  10. Congratulations to you and your family.
    xx

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  11. Congrats on all the good news. May it keep on coming.

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  12. "I am a happy Nanna Sue" best role ever. Plenty of time for baby to grow. One of my lads arrived weighing 5lbs 13 oz and is a strapping healthy young man. My twin grand-babies were 4 weeks early and very tiny and are now healthy big boys.

    Oh good news for your son and other daughter. Colin really is a fighter and looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is getting very close.

    Take care both of you.

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  13. Awwww congratulations to you all on all of the good news-x-

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  14. Congratulations! So happy for you!
    Hope everything continues to go as planned and he is much healed.

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  15. I'm very happy for your son, and hope the chemo continues to go well!

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  16. The little pluses make up for all the other problems sometimes

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  17. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your first grandchild xx

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  18. That's great news! Congratulations!

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  19. Congratulations welcome to the best club ever.

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  20. It sounds like a good news kind of day! Congratulations on all accounts, especially the new baby and good results for Col! Makes the treatment more bearable when you know its doing what its supposed to.

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  21. Hugs and good wishes to Nana Sue and Col. Great to hear good news on all fronts.

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  22. That's all good news today and well deserved. My own daughter was born 3 weeks early 41 years ago as I had problems, and weighed 6lbs which in 1975 was considered quite big enough by the Consultant! Hope you will have photos soon and can send off all the lovely things you have been buying. Catriona

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  23. Congratulations on the baby & job news & good wishes to Col on the next stages of his treatment.

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  24. Congratulations! I have been a gran for 3 months and it is wonderful x blessings on you all x x

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  25. Congratulations on all your good news. I hope your husband continues to stay as well as possible, it's a difficult journey but it looks like he's winning :-)

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  26. Congratulations on the new addition to your family circle.

    How wonderful that your son can continue in his chosen profession. Our son took Archaeology as his first degree in University.... As you can see I said his first degree. Turns out that he could only work summers in Canada so he went back and got an Education degree and has been teaching for the last 14 years. He still keeps in touch with those people he spent a year working with on a dig in Manitoba. He does say he misses living in a tent for three months at a time.

    God bless.

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  27. Congratulations, such wonderful news. You will really enjoy being a grandma. It also sounds like good news all round, fabulous xxx

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  28. Congratulations. Hope this round of chemo gies well.

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  29. It is such a relief to read that things are going well for you. You did the right thing in moving when you did, more time now to concentrate on your family. Best wishes to Colin.

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  30. Brilliant! A grandchild! The best gift ever.
    Glad to hear that Col is moving forward.
    Gillx

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  31. Congratulations, such happy news for you all. Yes hope the treatment goes well :)

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  32. Your post is full of wonderful news! Congratulations, Nanna Sue! I LOVE being a nanna too.
    I have missed a lot of your posts because of G's dad being so ill. He passed away on 2nd May so we are slowing getting back to normal (as far as possible whilst missing him terribly) I am so sorry to hear about Col's illness but so very glad for you that things are getting better for him (chemo is never a piece of cake)Congrats too to your son on his job. I'll try to keep up now :)

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  33. Congratulations to you both, we are so delighted and relieved that all was well. Good news all round for you. I am so pleased. X

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  34. Just wonderful news, Sue, congratulations to the happy parents and to yourselves ... such good news at last, Col's news, your son's news, everything!
    Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.
    It is our little son's third birthday this weekend, I love being a Granny, too (the other Grandmother is Nana - but I prefer Granny, I'm not a nanny, that's an old goat, har, har! Go on, say it ...! "You are an old goat!")
    Margaret P

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  35. PS I meant out little grandson's 3rd birthday. To have a little son when I'm 71 would be nothing less than a miracle!
    Margaret P

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  36. Oh Sue, I couldn't be more pleased for you all. Lots of love and positivity in your life, you deserve it.

    Jean
    x

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  37. Congratulations, Sue on your wonderful new little grandson! I am happy for Col's continued treatment and good news as well. Can't wait to see some pics of the new little fellow. -Jenn

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  38. Lots of good news. Glad your son found another job in his career field. Archaeology is interesting. Praying for Colin in his journey thru cancer. No fun. But glad there's some good news. Hugs from afar!

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  39. Congratulations! I am glad to hear so much all round good news and goodness in general. You deserve it!!

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  40. I'm so so so pleased that everything is coming good for you, Col and the family generally. Enjoy being grandparents I love mine with a passion.

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  41. Wonderful news. Very happy for you.

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  42. That is all excellent news! Happy days, Nana!

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  43. Great news regarding cols cancer , His benefit sounds like if he is on esa , Employment support allowance they have transfer him from the assessment stage to the support group , Hope this makes sense xxx

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  44. Lots of good news :-)

    So good to hear Col's treatment is pretty much going to plan. From one Nana Sue to another. xx

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