Category Archives: service

Youth is wasted in the lung

Right now, in fact, my sister-in-law is something more of a worry to me than my grandad. When a 31-year-old marathon runner contracts pneumonia, people understandably ask what the hell is going on, and as you’d expect never really work … Continue reading

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The year ends with a twist

I write this gingerly, my wrist recovering from a bad sprain sprain acquired a week ago today. It was a mould-covered wooden bridge that took my bicycle tyres out from underneath me, tricking me into landing palms first. A trip … Continue reading

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I don’t have coeliac disease; but what do I have?

Those who were waiting with baited breath for the follow-up post to this will doubtless be glad to hear that I don’t have coeliac disease. The acid test, as it were, is to look for antibodies in the blood: if your … Continue reading

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Gut me no guts

Awaiting a second blood test for coeliac disease – the first was, as I’d suggested to the doctor, too soon after stopping avoiding wheat – I am eating bread like a man possessed by the unquiet spirit of a thwarted … Continue reading

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No chemo

News has just come through that my mother doesn’t need to have any chemotherapy, long-term or otherwise; she does however start a month of daily radiotherapy, some time in the next few days; she will also have to take hormone … Continue reading

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Further treatment

My mum is recovering well from her two operations: her scars are healing, the drain is long gone, and her bruising is going down. The specialist has confirmed she is cancer-free… … But the procedures continue to rumble on, despite … Continue reading

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Look: it’s the Goodyear Blimp! And it bears glad tidings!

For my own part, I finally have a diagnosis for my suspected cluster headaches. Basically: they’re cluster headaches. My nights had started getting desperate: I could continue to take Migraleve and be entirely headache-free, but who wants a codeine monkey … Continue reading

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Wherever I lay my hat: there’s my hat

Well, despite this warning I was still rather hoping to write at least one or two things here, but that clearly didn’t happen. In the end, Mum asked us to come over after her operation – her first operation, as … Continue reading

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Service outages in the coming months

How much and how often I write here for the next few weeks will be entirely out of my control. This is because a couple of weeks ago my mother was diagnosed with early breast cancer. On Tuesday she will … Continue reading

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New life this spring

My good friends addedentry and j4, regularly mentioned here as you might notice, are to be congratulated on the birth of their daughter yesterday morning, only a few minutes into Thursday. Little I. is a sweet, sleepy scrap of a … Continue reading

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