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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [01/10/14 - Now reached 06/03/2004]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Lazerbeak and Dinobot
G1 Soundwave, Laserbeak and Ravage
Close up of the pattern.
I'll probably not wear the Starscream one, as I don't wear white, but I really like the black one! The lines are silvery grey and slightly metallic -looking, very stylish.
And I was so tired last night I spelt Sumalee's name wrong [wince]. Now corrected.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
A.k.a Joules goes to Birmingham.
And gets lost.
And is rescued by Jehovah's Witnesses.
So, just a perfectly ordinary Taylor family expedition then...
Look, it's not my fault Birmingham has no signposts! And all the people I asked for directions were strangers! It should have been easy to find the Hilton, it's supposed to be only a ten minute walk from the station, but everywhere was fenced off and I managed to walk around the back of the new Resort World they're building there instead. Stopped at the security desk and asked where on earth the Hilton was and the guy there took pity on me, ushered me into a works van, and drove me to the entrance! (Sometimes acting the slightly confused little old lady works wonders. The silver hair helps...)
Anyway... most of my photos failed, due to me not wanting to use the flash too much and the place being too dark for good non-flash photos, but here you go.
Wheeljack and Lockdown (I think) cosplayers
Four transformers, remaining in disguise...
It was enormous fun, I met up with Musa (from the States, who I rp with on tumblr), her friend Qweety, PurrV and several others whose names I managed to forget (I blame exhaustion). I picked up a Beast Wars Dinobot figure, and a Bayverse little Laserbeak figure, got autographs from James Horan (Prime Wheeljack), James Roberts (IDW writer whose skill and talent leaves me awestruck) and Sumalee Montano (Prime Arcee, who is an absolute darling!) All in all a fabulous day.
But then I had to walk back to the train station to head home. And I got even more lost. So I asked the only people I could see if they knew where I was: they said they could give me a lift right to the station as they were heading that way. And then I found out they were Jehovah's Witnesses attending a convention in an adjoining hotel.
Honestly, this sort of thing could only happen to me...
Anyway, they were quite interested in Auto Assembly, and that Ken and I write, and it was all very good natured and exceptionally kind of them, because if I'd had to try to find my own way there I'd probably still be looking.
I am now absolutely exhausted and heading to bed as soon as my hair's dried. May add more tomorrow but wanted to tell that tale tonight!
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Kai had his 12 month bone marrow aspirate, last one for a year, blood review and BMT clinic yesterday. A female doctor - one he's had before - did the biopsy, which was much quicker and less painful than the last one, to both our relief. It went well, the samples looked good to me, and although the wound is still painful it's healing quite quickly. His counts are fine, and Prof Marks says he no longer needs pentamidine! Very happy about that. So everything is going well, he's on course to get to fresher's week on the 21st Sept (although he does need his final chimerism blood test on the 24th, at 9 am, but the BHOC is just around the corner from the university so he can go on afterwards), and then classes start on the 28th.
It feels like coming out of a long dark tunnel into daylight.
Auto Assembly on Sat!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Hm. OK, so the inflammation easing and being out of pain does not necessarily mean the problem is solved: the tendon's slipped four times this morning (it feels like something dislocates and I can't take any weight on my left leg. I can snap it back into place by sitting on my chair/the garden bench/the cubicle bench at the pool, but that's not a lot of help if none of those are nearby...)
However, swimming was great - managed six lengths today. Wondering if I can go on Thursday or Friday as well...
Monday, August 17, 2015
So far, so fine. Went up to the doctor with Kai for his second (meningitis) inoculation, went shopping when we got back. The only pain was a slight dull ache from walking, but that's all. And that disappears when I sit and rest!
This is great! Looks like it works...
Labels: medical matters
... ohhh kaaay... After an uncomfortable night, and a Sunday shopping trip that caused considerable pain (though somehow different from normal), and an afternoon where the occasional sudden move sent nasty stabbing needles through my hip, suddenly I can sit without pain, stand up without pain, and go up and down stairs normally (not one step at a time and hauling myself up using the banister and railing) which I haven't been able to do in months...
[g] It's quite magical. Fingers crossed it's the same tomorrow!
Oh, and Sat night we watched Big Hero 6 on Filmflex. It's adorable and brilliant and charming and highly recommended! Make sure you watch the end credits, and the scene that comes after them. Though the thought of the combination of those two franchises is a little... scary...
Saturday, August 15, 2015
So, steroid injection.
I'm told it'll all be a little more painful for a couple of days, then on the third day - Tuesday - the pain should be gone. And should stay gone for six months. If it does come back I can have another injection: apparently this condition is pretty common, and steroid injections are the usual treatment. However, if I can keep up the exercise and lose a bit more weight, I may be able to fix it on my own, and once I'm out of pain I can get back to the miles of walking we used to do. Fingers croxxed!
Fluffy pink hibiscus...
Pretty blue hibiscus...
Cucumbers gone wild!
I've been told to take it easy for the rest of the day, so probably going to settle with Age of Extinction while K&K go out for a walk. Nightingale Valley is the current choice.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
My swim was lovely - only five other people there, two of whom left while I was in the pool (no, these events weren't related!) I expected to barely be able to do one length, having not swum for about twenty years; I managed four! (Stopped there as I didn't want to push it.) I might have time again later in the week before Kai's next blood review and appt. We'll see how tired I am tomorrow.
Then this afternoon I had a call from the BRI - they've had a cancellation and could I go in for my steroid injection on Saturday morning? Damn right I could!! [g] So, with a bit of luck, the pain will be gone by Auto Assembly (next Saturday).
All in all, a fine Tuesday...
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Hot. Hothothot. The washing is drying as it's hung out, and the first two loads are already done and back in. The great thing is it's not humid! Actually really pleasant, for once.
Unless, like me, you had to do two lots of shopping. Oh joy.
Anyway - Kai's ECG went fine yesterday - appt was at 9 am and we were home again by 9.30. Then he and I bussed up to Broadwalk, where he traded in his old Encore bass guitar for a 5-string Ibanez at Cash Generator, and bought a webcam from Wilko so he can chat on skype to his German friend. (And presumably to the ones in South America too.) After lunch: -
(Food porn for Lutra! Tomatoes, salad leaves, cucumbers and chives all home-grown.)
- he and Ken went to Goblin Combe, and walked the whole distance, about five miles. They had a wonderful time, but are a bit tired today.
I dug up the tigridias and potted them, and they seem to have survived: this one was flowering today. Fingers crossed for a really nice display next year!
Cucumbers in the greenhouse. Doing much better this year!
I've picked the third marrow, now, with several more coming, and I do believe there will be some sweetcorn ready to eat very soon...
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Kai's had his first inoculation - DTP/P. One down, six to go... He's aching and headachey and his arms hurt. The good news is he can have his MMR end October, so as long as he's careful between now and then he should (fingers tightly crossed) be OK.
Slogged up Talbot Hill to the pool at 8 this morning (that's a morning's exercise in itself!) - only to find they'd had an accident earlier and the pool was shut for draining and refilling. [grump] Not sure now whether to try again tomorrow, when I have other things to get done, or leave it til next week. Maybe see how tired I am.
Yesterday was the day of adorable fluffy clouds...
... and my first blue hibiscus flowers.
Up to ep 54 of Jupiter Moon. Only another 96 eps to go...
Thursday, July 30, 2015
My remaining orchid does something quite odd: after the first two buds have opened, it grows a second flowering spike below (or sometimes above, as here) the first, the buds of which open as the first lot are dying. I know you can sometimes force an orchid to do this if you cut the first spike as the flowers are fading, but I've not heard of it happening naturally. It's kind of nice.
Dentist for me on Tuesday - to my relief everything is fine, no plaque, no staining, nothing needs doing. Seems my new electric toothbrush heads are earning their keep!
On the way back down the hill I popped into our local swimming pool, Jubilee Rd - to pick up their summer schedule and ask about the quietest time to go. Apparently Tuesday morning between 8 and 9 is the best time for lane swimming, which is what I'm after, usually only a couple of people there, although later lane swimming sessions, 9 - 10 pm, are also quite quiet. That interrupts the evening though, easier to stick to mornings since I'm up anyway.
So then I dug out my old swimming costumes, to find that the comfy one is falling to pieces, and the other one is uncomfortable and will restrict movement. Oh joy. Off to Sains, where to my surprise and happiness I found all their swimwear on half price, and bought the perfect costume, right size, black but with a subtle embossed large ripple pattern, very comfortable. £8. Now I just have to find the swimming towels...
Today one of the doctors from the surgery is ringing to organise Kai's schedule of inoculations: I have the details now from Lucy, our specialist nurse. Wasn't too happy to find out he could have started having them at 6 months post-transplant, avoiding the delay and any problems associated with having a lot all close together, but perhaps the BMT team had a reason for it. And Kai has been under a lot of stress... Anyway, he needs tetanus, diptheria, whooping cough, polio and pneumonia - three doses 4 weeks apart - and meningitis and haemophilus influenza (haven't heard of that one, it's not the normal flu jab though), 2 doses 2 months apart. The MMR isn't supposed to be given until 24 months post-transplant, although I think Prof Marks may speed that one up a little, and apparently is no longer given as a single jab in the UK.
Getting all that sorted is going to be a nightmare, given he still has appointments for blood review and BMT clinic, haematology, an ECG and now the dentist, and after October venesection appointments too. Wish me luck.
Labels: medical matters
Sunday, July 26, 2015
On Saturday GoodTwin and Sue came to visit - first summer visit in two years. It was great! GoodTwin drove us to Whitegate Nurseries, just outside of Keynsham (Ken and I discovered this place by accident 24 years ago just after we bought the house: we'd gone for a walk in Stockwood open space and stumbled upon it on the way back down to the Bath Rd. It's grown a bit since then!) It's a lovely place, very reasonable prices, and a gorgeous café with terrific homemade cakes and an outside seating area overlooking the valley. I picked up three very pretty salvias (photo tomorrow hopefully). After dinner we finished off the media quiz we started on their last visit in Feb, and played Trivial Pursuit (the media version). All fantastic fun!
Sat was the good day - the rest of the weekend it's rained. And rained and rained. Tyjer's pretty disgusted with it all...
I get the ebay newsletter offering me things which for some completely obscure reason they think I might be interested in. Sometimes the wording could be a little better...
Planning to start swimming regularly in the next couple of weeks. I figure it'll be less painful exercise than trying to walk...
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
OK, so, what's been happening?
Goes without saying it's been busy. Garden-wise we now have a couple of bags each of dwarf beans and blueberries in the freezer, and the first (absolutely delicious!) cucumber and cherry tomatoes from the greenhouse, with more coming. The first peppers and aubergines are now flowering too.
Kai and I went to see Dr Reading on Monday, to learn what to look for re: moles. Kai's fine at the moment, and we can make sure it stays that way now we know what we're looking for. Bad news, though, she's retiring at the end of the month. We'll miss her. She's been my doctor since I moved to Bristol in... 84? 85? Long time, anyway.
It was Kai's BMT Clinic today. All good! His blood counts are now perfectly normal, and everything's fine. He thinks the chest pains from a week or so ago may have been caused by him playing guitar hunched over. (We're now on the lookout for a stool for him, with rungs so he can sit properly when playing.) Everything's set up for him to start uni in a couple of months, as long as everything continues as it has been.
And apparently, he may have acquired my immunity to chicken pox along with my stem cells! (Not MMR, unfortunately, that operates differently.) So fingers crossed...
... camera cowboys were back again for a few minutes earlier. Is that the eight or ninth time? I've lost track...
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Letter arrived from the BRI today. Apparently I have adductor tendinopathy with trochanteric bursitis: "general age related degenerative change with multi level disc degeneration and facet joint hypertrophy." Oh joy.
And it can take up to 18 weeks to get the ultrasound appointment. Oh double joy.
Today's tigridia. A little battered, alas...
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
On Saturday Ken wanted to get out of Bristol for a few hours, and Kai was OK with it (he said) so we thought we'd try for Clevedon. Only when we got to the bus station, there was a 52 minute wait for the bus (there are supposed to be three an hour to Clevedon). So we went to Wells instead, which was nice, and came back with another six low-growing plants for the rockery. When we got home, however, Kai didn't remember me waking him up, didn't remember me telling him we were going out, and didn't remember me telling him his lunch sammij was in the fridge... Films... Ken and I watched Kate and Leopold, which is charming; we all watched Left Behind, which is truly dreadful; and last night was Chappie, a gloriously anarchic mess of a film, which manages to be thought-provoking as well as riotous. Kai and I enjoyed it - not sure about Ken... This is flowering up at the top of the garden. Can't remember what it is but it's quite dramatic! Later edit: it's a tigridia. I have several more near flowering, all different colours.
Films... Ken and I watched Kate and Leopold, which is charming; we all watched Left Behind, which is truly dreadful; and last night was Chappie, a gloriously anarchic mess of a film, which manages to be thought-provoking as well as riotous. Kai and I enjoyed it - not sure about Ken...
This is flowering up at the top of the garden. Can't remember what it is but it's quite dramatic!
Later edit: it's a tigridia. I have several more near flowering, all different colours.
Friday, July 10, 2015
So, appt yesterday...
Well, the good news is there's no surgery involved - at least, not at this stage. The less good news is that the problem probably isn't going to be fixable, just alleviated. I didn't fully take on board everything that was said (being absolutely knackered still didn't help) but it's to do with exceptional wear and tear on the tendons and the hip bursa. The next step is an ultrasound (are they practising every known form of scan on me??), a local anaesthetic injection followed by a steroid injection into my hip, which, when it takes effect in a couple of days, should give pain relief for 6 - 8 weeks, and finally, physiotherapy (which I believe will also involve exercises to do at home).
A lot better than it could have been. Though local anaesthetics tend not to be fully effective on me (Kai's inherited that, unfortunately) so I'm anticipating a fair amount of pain. Nothing new there then! I'll get the appt through the post. In the meantime, walking (not too far and without carrying anything heavy) is apparently the best thing I can do.
In other news, Kai's now down another half a microgramme of tacrolimus and feeling rough, but now we know that's what happens we can cope.
Oh, and the camera cowboys were back again, at ten o'clock yesterday night. Seventh visit. Remember the old camera configuration?
It now looks like this -
I need to get some garden stuff done today - and blanching and freezing of dwarf French beans and mange tout: despite not planting that many plants the harvest is surprisingly heavy. Also, blueberries. Pruning last autumn has resulted in a veritable deluge of the early berries, far more than I can eat myself (though I think I shall give some to Kai in Yeo Valley blueberry yoghurt and see if he likes them. Ken isn't too keen, but I lub the fruit!) They freeze well and it's lovely having summer fruit in the depths of winter...
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
We had the APAG AGM last night, primarily to decide whether to wind the group up or not. End result is we're keeping it going, albeit at a low-key level, for a while longer.
Kai is at his pentamidine appt - alone. The routine is simple and familiar, and it's another step towards independence. Though I'm fretting, of course...
The camera cowboys were back next door for the sixth time this morning - but I now know who they are, Secure South West Limited. I shall be leaving them brutally honest reviews on every review site and local social media I can find when I have the time, but for now, my advice would be to avoid them like the plague. I wouldn't trust them any further than I could spit them.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
So, got to bed at 2 am: got woken at 3.45 by Kai worried that he had dreadful chest pains...
Rang 999, shortly thereafter we were at A&E with Kai hooked up to an ECG scanner and having blood taken - but with the pain receding. ECG results were fine, and a couple of hours later his bloods came back also fine. The general thinking was it may have been some sort of long spasm (lasted over an hour) of the oesophagus or chest wall, but nothing affecting his heart or lungs. 7 am we were in a taxi on the way back home, with instructions to get straight back in if it happened again.
Got to bed as Ken was leaving for work at 7.30, got to sleep about 8 - then was woken at 8.45 by the phone: Peter (head nurse of the transplant clinical trial) ringing to check that Kai was OK... It's nice that they're keeping him monitored, but it then took me another 40 mins to drop off again. Just as well I did Poppy yesterday as I'm not really capable of much this afternoon after 3 hours sleep!
Anyway - panic over, and hopefully I can have that early night tonight instead.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Twenty-second part of New World 2 - Mars - now posted over at The Poppy Tales, link above.
In other news, Kai really enjoyed his day out yesterday, it all went wonderfully, and they're going to see if they can organise another. And today he spent an hour in his first skype call, to a friend in Germany!
He's reconnecting. So chuffed...
Today Kim and I went to a new(ish) garden centre at Tickenham, Garden Park. Very good prices (picked up three extra large bags of potting compost for a tenner, their little heucheras were £1.69 each, and their herbs all £1.75: got two French tarragon to replace the one that died). Nice restaurant too - Carriages, part of which was an actual old railway carriage. Excellent Americano coffee and wonderful apple pie with ice cream. Altogether a very pleasant day.
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Friday night there were storms...
I'll rephrase that. Friday night there were storms everywhere but here.
Barely enough rain to wet the ground, nowhere near enough to refill the main waterbutt or give my garden the thorough drenching it needs.
I am miffed. I shall be having words with Taranis when I can catch him...
Yesterday was productive. Ken and I went to Hurrans, where I picked up a couple of the new(ish) style stacking planters from elho - a bit pricey at £10.49 each but the terracotta planters I currently have the strawberries in are useless. Pretty to look at, but the water runs straight through and there's no room for the roots. The aquatic centre had Duckweed Buster (new to me but I guess it was only a matter of time! Roeg's pool is OK - the birds have been bathing in and drinking from it, and I think they may be eating the weed too - but Kai's pool is thick with the stuff, so that's the next major job), and there were two different colours of nemesia - pink and purple - on sale for £2 instead of £7, so bought those as well.
After dinner Ken and I watched Hummingbird - picked up very cheaply at Tesco because I like Jason Statham - and it's very good. I was expecting the usual actioner, but it's far more complex and morally ambivalent than something like Homefront. Most enjoyable.
Today Kai is meeting with friends in town! First time out (without me) in 22 months. He's nervous, but one of his friends is picking him up so he won't have to walk into the place alone. Keeping fingers crossed it all goes well...
Next!Poppy is now two pages done. Still hoping to be able to post it today, if all goes well, but I still have the usual Sunday stuff to do...
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Saturday was a bit of a washout: I ended up with a most unpleasant stomach upset. Felt better come the evening, but managed to accomplish nothing much all day. So of course, Sunday was twice as manic as usual as I scrambled to catch up.
Most of Monday was taken up reworking Perfume Power. Sent it off before my deadline though, so it was worth it.
Yesterday Kai and I went to see Jurassic Park. It's OK, fairly predictable, but nicely done. And the raptors are gorgeous. I want one (or three) as guard dinos for the house.
On the way back we did a Sains shop and picked up Jupiter Ascending...
What can I say? A most intriguing concept handled with all the sensitivity of sledgehammer-wielding T.Rex. Cinderella in space. Gorgeous cg and cinematography, very pretty shinies and sparklies, and a Sean Bean who didn't die and got his wings back (well, he was supposed to though we didn't see it but Caine's were returned so we can assume Stinger's were too). But the rest? Ye gods. How can people who made The Matrix and the fabulous Cloud Atlas get it so wrong?
Eh well. It'll do as background pretties while I work.
Yesterday I found another offering from the foxes - in the manhole cover right outside the kitchen this time. Empty Pedigree Chum (chicken flavour) tin.
So last night I left them a bowl of dog food. Chicken flavour, as requested!
The rockery, although it was too bright yesterday to get a good pic. It's coming along nicely though.
And now onto Poppy! One page already written: with a little luck I can get this next chapter finished before Friday.
Friday, June 26, 2015
It's been pretty much as usual, busy, shopping, gardening etc. Kai's appt with Lisa Lowry (consultant haematologist) went well, she's happy with progress and doesn't think the odd little niggles (aches and pains and a new maybe-mole but she doesn't think so and there's no pain or itching or lump so we'll just monitor it) are anything to worry about, but we should mention them again if they don't clear up by next appt (BMT in July). He's feeling rough, but that's probably tacrolimus withdrawal (reduced the dose by another half microgramme on Wed) and should even itself out in a few days (until the next drop in two weeks).
We're getting there...
The cowboy camera installers were back for fifth time on Tuesday. This is what's above the fence now - much more suitable for a domestic premises and we feel less under siege.
And I'm reworking Perfume Power! Fox and Howard will bring it out both as a kindle e-book and as a print on demand. I want to change the title to The Power of Perfume - fingers crossed! - and am taking out most of the extraneous personal info (it's unnecessary and irritating). The chapter on the science of smell needs rewriting, but most of the rest of it is fine. I surprised myself when rereading with how much work I put into it originally. No idea when it'll be out, will say here though.
I've asked for a decent cover too!
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Hope it's been a good one. Mine's been about as busy as ever.
Feather! Such a pretty girl...
And our forest pansy! Coming along beautifully, Wendy.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hm. Subsequent to the MRI, I have a follow-up appt with the Trauma and Ortho Surgery team at the BRI second week of July.
That's very fast. I guess there is cause for concern.
Labels: medical matters
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Twenty-first part of New World 2 - Journeys - now posted over at The Poppy Tales.
Picked up and watched Ex Machina... wow. Extraordinary! I loved it, multi-layered and intense, quite amazing. Though not, I suspect, for everyone...
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Yesterday turned out to be great, after the unpleasantness of the MRI. Kai got a lot done, and we went over to the Callington Rd Nature Reserve for a short walk, which was enjoyable. I got my résumé finished, and sitting idly flicking through TV channels, trying to find something worth watching, I skipped over Transformers. Ken pointed it out, and suggested we watch, given the dearth of anything remotely interesting otherwise. Expecting it to be a repeat of Prime, we switched to Cartoon Network as it started - only to find it was the very first ep of the new series, the follow up to Prime, Transformers: Robots in Disguise! I honestly thought I was going to have to wait for it to be released on DVD, but it looks like it's scheduled in for 6.30 Sat and Sun. It's not repeated, and it's an ongoing series by the looks of it, so that's two half hour slots I get to sit down at the weekend.
It's a much lighter show than Prime was, and geared to younger viewers, I think, but it has a lot of charm, the designs are lovely, clean and crisp, and the characters very appealing. Sooo happy Ken spotted it!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
So that was an MRI.
I never want to do that again, thank you. Half an hour lying flat and motionless up to my eyes in a tiny narrow tube, and the noise so loud that I could barely hear the CD I took in. It had better have been worth it...
Forgot to mention: Kai's now off the 'clean diet' and safe to drink tap water again ('OORAY! No more endless kettles of boiling water cooling then into sterilised jugs then into fridge...) although I'm still being careful for the moment. But our butcher in Sandy Park Rd handed over to another butcher when he retired, so I shall start using him soon.
Right. Off to work on résumé...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I was woken at 5.45 by the sound of squabbling crows. The last time that happened they were chastising a fox in the garden, so I looked out of the landing window and sure enough, there were a pair of ears poking up above the higher herbage in the meadow. I watched the most beautiful, sleek, healthy young fox jump around in the vetch and lunaria, until it paused, looking up at me. I tell you, gazing into bright, alert, old-gold fox eyes for half a minute is a wonderful way to start the day!
It carried on in much the same vein too. Kai's blood results are still stable and almost normal, and Prof Marks told us the regime for reducing both the tacrolimus and the aciclovir. Aciclovir will only take four weeks, but 'weaning off' the tacro is a twelve week job, half a microgramme at a time. Starting right now, however, so with luck, in a few days, he'll start feeling a little less awful all the time.
Once that's over, he'll have a schedule of re-vaccinations, the most important one being the MMR, because there are apparently some morons ('ratbags', as the Prof called them) who don't believe in vaccinating their kids, and there have been instances of measles in Bristol. (Fucking anti-vaxxers! They should be banned from being in public.) He'll also need a course of venesection (blood-letting) to reduce the level of iron in his blood: a result of the transfusions he had to have, his last count was at 3,000 (if I recall correctly, between 10 and 300 is normal). This isn't so high that it's urgent, but it won't go away by itself, and the team would prefer him to get back to normal functioning fairly quickly. Venesection can start from twelve months post transplant, which will be September.
Student Finance England have confirmed all is fine with Kai's funding and grant application (subject to seeing copies of a couple of documents which I need to sort out tomorrow), so that's all good. And he's been taking (and aceing) online university maths exams, which is quite a confidence booster for him!
Oh, and Kingsman is great! A thoroughly rollicking romp, huge fun.
However, after such an early awakening, and even after half an hour's nap on the sofa, I'm knackered. Hoping for an early night. Busy day tomorrow, perfect example of sod's law: as always when I'm too tired to tackle it, a whole load of fiddly client stuff came in while we were at the hospital...
Monday, June 08, 2015
Usual busy weekend. We are currently watching Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Very authentic feel, and gloriously complex characters. I wasn't entirely sure at the start, but last night was ep 4 and it's turned deliciously dark and eerie - I'm hooked.
According to the TV ads Kingsman is now available on DVD at Sains - that's a must buy!
Friday, June 05, 2015
And it just gets better and better. From what Kai heard of yesterday's conversation outside his window, it seems the cameras' live footage was being streamed on the internet...
They've just left after their fourth visit. I couldn't hear everything that was being said, but I did make out one asking the other if the view was over the fence or just along it. Unfortunately I couldn't hear the mumbled reply.
Incompetent? I'd say so.
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