Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Another post by Rhoda

As you can probably guess given that Lorna is not writing this, she is in hospital again. You can tell from previous entries she wasn't recovering well from the pneumonia. It seems that she has blood clots on the lungs to complicate things. It is likely she will be in hospital at least until next week but may get internet access and the energy to use it before then.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

I have finished antibiotics and hope the infection has gone. But I don't really feel any better. Slight return of appetite yesterday but it has gone again today. No alternative to turning up the heating and sitting it out with as little misery as I can manage.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

I continue to feel ill and am sitting it out by doing nothing. I have even had the GP check me over twice. No appetite combined with indigestion. Pneumonia - very  unpleasant and to be avoided.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

I am at home now but still being treated for pneumonia and feeling very feeble - too feeble to do anything and too feeble to feel bored or cross. But I am feeling a bit better so hope the graph goes upwards. Pneumonia deserves as much respect as the North Sea in a gale.

I am on-line but not very energetic in replying etc. - but will be in touch eventually. Xx

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Post by Rhoda

Quick note posted by Rhoda to say that Lorna doesn't currently have internet access, but is doing ok.
It looks like she will be in hospital for at least a week, taking a course of antibiotics to tackle a chest infection.

She was amused to hear our sheep escaped this morning and wanted a picture of them posted here. This is Col (on the right) and a male lamb that doesn't have a name. He is already bigger than Col (who is a Ouessant and a year older) because he is cross Ouessant and Jacob. They have been fighting recently because some of the ewes are in season. Normally they are good friends.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Continuation and update:
I have just been to the GPs. I feel very poorly and she is arranging to admit me to hospital within the next hour or so - I don't know how long for but as I am gasping for breath this is good. But have not let it go as I did last year. Will try to keep in touch - xx

Friday, 12 October 2012

Dear friends,
I have a chest infection and am laid low for the moment. So don't be surprised if I don't write. I have anti-biotic and am seeing the GP again tomorrow. I have also lost my appetite. xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Sunday: progress with the slipway; the piles are all now in place ready for the main structural beams (visible on the deck ogf the work boat).
Update Wednesday: I have felt unwell, exhausted and depressed since I came back from London. I did not even have the energy to write diatribe on London buildings as I threatened in my last post. I made it to the river on Sunday with a lot of effort and I did a few things I had to do - like have a blood test. The rest of the time I have mooched around feeling that the valley (of the shadow of death) would soon open up ahead of me. I  am glad to say that I feel better today.

Tuesday - the new chemo regime started. It was a shorter session than many and the stuff has not yet had obvious side effects. I had helpful chats to a couple of the nurses in the Day Unit, which helped with the gloom and despondancy. I am also getting to admit that I need to plan my life differently, rather than living in (pleasant) denial.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

A new building seen from Tower Hill. A bit tall but it does match other nearby buildings.
I am going to write a rant about some hideous buildings around central London, especially south of the river - but later. The sun is shining now and I am going out to bask before we get into real winter.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Images of London in one go - the Tower and a real London bus with a platform at the back.
Wednesday to Friday: I went to London - met Aidan by the Tower and stayed over with him. Then visited Helen; we went on the river back from the Tate Modern (food and drink - not art) to the new pier at Vauxhall. Then to Covent Garden (old stamping ground) on Friday - more eating and drinking.

I was aware of it being much harder to breath - so I walked around quite slowly but still got too tired for comfort. I have the first chemo appointment booked in for Tuesday next week, with a blood test the day before - so I become medicalised again - better than the alternative but it makes me feel gloomy. There are weekly infusions (and blood tests) for three weeks and then a week without one - called a 'rest'!

I am not coping well with this - I feel too gloomy, breathless and tired to do so. But I am intending to go to geology as usual on Monday and to host a meeting here about the U3A web site on Tuesday. I am also trying to catch up with the general admin of life and writing to people.