Oh carole, I'm so so sorry to hear you news, want to blxxxy swear. And mad, you've been for so many tests and scans surely they should havr found it sooner. It mudt be a massive shock and doesn't help thst you know that you may need more surgery after an awful experience. When will you go back and know more? I would write down all the questions you havr before you go as hard to focus when there... Is there a language barrier too? Be thinking about you, feel free to post or Facebook messenger if you need to chat day or night xx
Thanks Lisa, UPDATE.... before surgery the Dr came to see me, a different Dr to before. She said she'd been looking again at my MRI and said she would look inside the peritoneal cavity during surgery, but it looked like there were lesions, less than 5mm touching the bowel so if that was the case she wouldn't remove the left ovary as I would need open surgery to resect the bowel. She said the ovary tumour was definitely cancer. This was a shock, how come the original gynaecology Dr didn't mention this when I saw him 3 weeks ago?
They removed the right ovary and fallopian tube and said it would be analysed before deciding what to do about the left ovary & bowel. I have so many questions and I'm shocked to be facing the big C for a third time, or maybe secondaries from one of the breast cancers. I tested negative for BRCA gene but the Dr mentioned there is another gene I wasn't tested for.
On top of all that the anaesthetist struggled to intubate, leaving me finding it hard to swallow even my own secretions. He said it was "tres difficile". This has never happened before and I've had many surgeries in France. So now I'm extra scared for the next surgery. 😐 Some girls have all the luck eh? Not me. Love to you both xx
Big hugs Carole. Thinking of you. I know you can gey ovarian cancer, nor sure if it's secondary or now but cos of my genetics I had my ovaries removed as was high risk. Let us know how it goes and take care xx
Just a quick update. Saw the Dr yesterday, results of the MRI shows a 3cm suspicious hard mass on left ovary and a fluid filled cyst (?) on right ovary.
So they're both being removed in the next 2-3 weeks. They will biopsy after removal.
So it could be something or nothing. Dr Lily do you know if it's possible to get secondary breast cancer in the ovary?
Obviously I'm concerned but just have to deal with it until I know.
Love Carole x
Hi both from sunny sweaty usa... Carol thst sounds really stressful, hope you get good news and fast but whatever it is good it's been spotted...
Lily, I've found it hard but nice to pop in every now ans again just to check in on each other. Omg breaky with Hugh grant get you... And semi retirement we'll done you deserve it.
Works been manic but judt passed a big inspection and settling in with a few visits to Bristol lol... End of 3 weeks here. It's been so humid and pushed myself for roller coasters with kids but had extended family with us so been hard work lol
Lily it was nice to hear from you, I guessed your absence might have been because of Nicky and understand completely.
No doubt you will find being semi retired means you still won't have time to do all the things you want to do but it sounds exciting what you are planning with the redecoration.
Travel is difficult at the moment what with flight delays, ferries not operating and strikes, I liked Athens when I visited many years ago and Hugh Grant, well lucky you. That moment will be hard to top (lol).
I feel sad today about the news of Olivia N John, only 73 which is no age these days. Of course she had quite a long battle with breast cancer.
My health news is that recently on a routine appointment with my gynaecologist he found what he thinks is an ovarian cyst, but couldn't be sure, so he suggested an MRI scan and I should see a specialist. My GP decided to send me for a CT scan instead and I had that last week. It shows a "mass", quite small but doesn't actually show any further details.
I contacted my old hospital where I had treatment, sent them a copy of the CT results and as a consequence I have an MRI next week and an appointment with a Gynae Oncologist. I'm in panic overdrive but at least whatever it is, it's being dealt with quickly. The Oncologist said it has to be categorised so I presume that might mean a biopsy 🙄.
Like the UK we've had exceedingly hot weather for around 6 weeks now, no rain, and it's making life a bit uncomfortable with 40 degree heat. Sleeping is hard with temperatures often in upper 20's. My friend in Spain has had 50 degrees!
I hope you're both doing well, and it is nice to hear your news, love Carole x
Me again, hope you're both keeping cool in the heatwave? It's 36° here at 23.11, way too hot without air conditioning.
Stay safe Lisa and Lily xxx
Nice to see your post Lisa and I hope that you are feeling a bit better?
I will have a good catch up over the weekend, but just wanted to check in to say HI
Love Carole xx
Hi both, wow I struggled to find us too so went to notifications I used to get an email too so thats gone too 😳😉. Carole your trip to Italy looks lovely I'm following it and drooling as Rome always been on my list lol.
Lily, hope you manage a wind down approach but not to fast thst you have to join the decorating gang lol.
Not much to report her, down few days don't know why so need a swift kick and be thankful for what I have. Work insane in middle of big inspection hurrah.
What's everyone watching st the mo, my guilty pleasure is below deck and bit hooked on the current trial 😳😳😳
I guess we have all been off doing other things. I couldn't find our thread, what group heading are we under now? I eventually tracked this down through notifications 🙂 I am sorry to hear so many people, friends and family have caught covid and worse dx for some. At least covid usually passes. I agree quite a lot of people have had it recently, who had missed it for 2 years. One of my grandsons had a positive twice in 6 weeks but nobody else caught it, despite him sitting on my MD lap for a week. Then one of the other little chaps and his dad caught it, again the rest of the house missed it. I'm amazed I have survived working in a school with people going positive every day, although a friend caught it and his wife died, which was tragic and so unexpected, shocked us all. I took my uncle for his spring booster today, managed to get him into a chemist for the over 75 jab but mum will need a home visit for hers. All chugging along but keeping me very busy.
Yes Victor has recently retired, last few weeks and says he is going to decorate the whole house and sort the garden out. Not sure how many years that will take but I am keen to move to a smaller place, when one we like comes up. I am trying to reduce my days towards a phased retirement but not happened so far as there is nobody to take my hours. Not sure if they want me to stay as younger folk are much cheaper. But a bit of a shock to the bank account if we both retire at the same time and I still enjoy work so I would like to stay a bit longer. I thought it would be simple but things are not going how I wanted despite giving lots of notice. Will come to the crunch soon. Eldest grandson has just started driving lessons and is in the 6th form taking 4 A levels. He threatens to leave, every week so I spend quite a bit of time supporting him with essays and things I know nothing about!
I hope its better news for the people and animals having tests soon. How are both of you?
Take care love Lily xx
Hi to you both, sorry i've been absent for a while, no particular reason but hope you're both doing ok.
I don't know about you two, but lots of people I know have recently had Covid, son, D-I-L, friends, my sister and nephew, Mr P, and at the moment my ED and granddaughter have it. All have managed to avoid it for the last 2 years but suddenly they've become infected. I presume this is because all restrictions are now lifted so the bugs are getting around. Some have felt very fluey too.
Sherlock is slowly improving, but his last xray showed 2 abnormal vertebrae which an ordinary xray doesn't explain enough so on Friday he is off for a scan. At least he is in less pain now, but still not lifting his tail and I must say it is a beautiful tail.
Mr P and myself are planning a trip to Italy for 10 days, to see the places we didn't enjoy seeing before because it was too hot. So looking forward to that, but it will depend on whether Sherlock needs an operation or not.
My sister has bowel problems, she is going for a colonoscopy next week so I'm keeping fingers crossed it won't be anything nasty.
Not much news otherwise, Lily has Victor retired yet? Have you? Lisa the new job sounds busy, sorry to hear about your friend, hope she recovers well. Great news for your aunt.
well that's about it for now, take care ladies, love Carole xx
Hi both, I'm back after an even longer absence than Lily 😂😂. So busy keep meaning to message then forget... Prob as always working late.
How awful what is going on in the world I've had to stop watching as its too upsetting. Feels like one thing ends and another begins eh....
Carol, hope you had a lovely anniversary and the idea of the bracelet sounds lovely, look forward to seeing it x hope you're daughters enjoying her new job and you managed to stay covid free too x
Lily, flowers are always nice eh! You still managed to avoid covid too? I havr a panic after being out with friend so keep testing as for some reason so many people seem to have it locally at the moment, think it's cos people have relaxed.
Work sounds hectic and not great when you want to start winding down. Has Victor retired yet? Hopefully you can do soon, my work colleague waited about 6 months after her hubby but had the same worries about giving up two salaries.
Been hectic here, been in my new job 4 months and it's so busy lots to learn but noone thst knows it and lots and lots to do it's hectic and used to home working now as Bristol is a hike. Managed to recruit, or pinch someone who used to work for me so have someone local now ans we have a wee office catch up in starbucks for few hours. Been busy personally too, one one my close ex work colleagues ans friends gor non hodkins lymp. So been chatting and supporting her a lot, my aunt had large tumour in bowel but luckily found out last week after its out thst not cancerous which is fab and one of my besities is going through a divorce so supporting her, so think I'm ready for a mini break before USA in summer.....
No other Goss here, although why I've signed up to tick tock I don't know I'm obsessed 😂🤔. Lots love xx
Hi to you both
Nice to hear from you Lily, sorry about your extra workload that you didn't ask for, employers really want their gold don't they? I'm glad I don't have to worry about work. I didn't have a pearl present, but instead I am having my Mum and Nan's wedding ring (Mum had a thick ring made of the 2 bands) made into a bracelet. It should be ready soon. I would never have worn such a wide heavy ring but as a bracelet it will be good.
Mr P returned from work last week with Covid, the tests he has been doing seem to switch from Positive to Negative to Positive again, so tomorrow he is going for a PCR test to be sure. He has been fine, just has a cold and a slight cough.
Vets here seem less expensive than in the UK, we don't have insurance but we pay a monthly fee to our vet which builds up if we don't need to see them, so like insurance I suppose. Today we had to take Sherlock because his behaviour has been different and he seems afraid to jump. He used to jump onto my lap all the time, his tail is also hanging low which is usually a sign of a spinal problem. He is only 8 months old, so tomorrow an xray should confirm if he is ok or not. The vet thinks it might be stress, goodness knows what has upset him.
I hope you had a great birthday, are you planning any holidays this year?
YD has recovered from being knocked down by a car, and this week she is starting a new job at a Notary (solicitor). It is only temporary at the moment until the summer. This is to give her time to give notice on her existing teaching contract.
Awful news about Ukraine & Russia, but I suppose it was expected.
Take care and love to both of you xxx
Carole many congratulations on your pearl anniversary. Did you have a pearl appropriate present for such a long marriage. Well done. My grandson was 100%, maybe a slight headache on one day and then very frustrated to be indoors and trying to escape! Nobody else caught it off him, not even hi little brother who shares a room with him. My daughter had to be off and they stopped her pay so it was quite frustrating all around. Sorry I worried you, my job has gone so crazy because I have been given so many things to do that I have to learn and I didn't want the job, my tough luck apparently. So yes I am definitely on the retirement trail and things are in the planning stage as Victor retires next month. I hope to work a bit as losing 2 wages in one go would be a bit of a shock. So that would ease us into it a bit more. I don't want to be struggling for money by giving up a good salary.
How awful to see the neighbour's house on fire and yes I ca only imagine how difficult it must have been for you watching and nightmares of what happened to you. How horrible. The cats sound cute. Its a regular zoo what fun it must be, but hard work too. Are vets expensive in France? Our pet insurance is expensive but you worry about not having it, well I do. Our old dog is 1 in September and the oldest one we have had so far. She still gallops around the fields and eats anything she can get hold of but looking like she has cataracts. I think she relies on the pup to guide her sometimes. My youngest was 30 recently, what a shock that felt like and then my birthday is 2 days later. So a lot of eating out and I got lots of flowers and plants so the house is wonderful an full of beautiful vases of blooms and new plants to find homes for. All house plants which is trickier to fit in.
Much love to you and Lisa
Hi everyone, Lily it was good to read your post, I was beginning to get worried about you. Anyway all is well with you.
Have you made a decision about retirement yet? For travelling, we have to look on the bright side in the hope that we will learn to live with Covid, as we have with flu. Personally I still wear a mask and handwash frequently, but I think that is just a sensible thing to do. Sorry to hear that one of your grandchildren has Covid, I hope not suffering too much? I think we are very lucky not to have caught it so far.
Saturday before last our neighbours house caught fire, which brought back some very distressing memories. It seems it was an electrical fire, both neighbours were out at the time but were called to get back. They have salvaged a few things but the house will have to be destroyed and rebuilt.
The 2 kitties are adorable but we still need to introduce them to the dogs, Sherlock now weighs 7 kilos and Sykes 4 kilo.
This week we celebrated our Pearl wedding anniversary. Looking back I don't know where the years have gone.
Well better crack on, stay safe and take care love Carole xx
Want to wish my fellow buddies a very Happy New Year for 2022..
Stay safe, wishing us all health and much happiness love Carole
Merry Xmas both, thinking of you and missing our Nicky xx
Hope you both have a great Xmas and here's to a healthy new year for us all and those around us.
I will catch up as off work now 🎄🎄🥳
Just popping in to wish you both a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and good tidings to all
Omg ivr been so awful and popping in here as my eyes are blurry eye appointment made ans headaches but its my vision one eye is defo due a stronger lens and what with work and 2 screens full on not had time but good to see both safe and well so I'll pop on on Sunday for a proper read, catch up and post xxzz
Hi Lisa and Lily
How are you both doing? Is your work/life balance proving better? I know how busy Christmas is for teachers Lily so I expect you are still very busy.
Lily the kitten will be joined on Saturday with another kitten, this time a Norwegian Forest cat who will be 4 months old. They will both be indoor cats although Mr P built an enclosed safe area for them to be able to go and get fresh air, watch the birds etc. How was your family trip? Was your Mum and Uncle ok whilst you were away?
Lisa I hope you've stayed away from Covid, how are your parents now?
The death of Sarah Harding was so upsetting, it brought it all back didn't it? I am also following the story of Tom Parker from The Wanted, diagnosed just over a year ago with an inoperable brain tumour. Purely because I've always liked their music.
Our trip to UK seemed a lifetime ago now, and so we have Christmas looming and Mr P is working, so apart from YD visiting me for a couple of days, I will be home alone, not looking forward to that. We will have our family Christmas Day on 19th.
I'm having my booster jab next month, have you had yours yet girls?
I'd better get away from the laptop or I will be here all day. Take care love Carole x
time just flies by these days. I was made to have a huge extra job at work as the person who took the pay for it could not manage. They kept all the pay. Anyway despite me hearing myself say this and no thanks I still have to do it. Its annoying as I had got work to a manageable level so I could have a better home balance and now I permanently have this invisible to do list having over my head. Grrrrr. People constantly want to know when I will have this or that done, so unless I lower my personal standards (which I don't want to), I have to keep trying to get things done with a crappy system, I did not choose and cannot change. So my weekends seem to be oldies and work, sleep and eat. So my apologies when I go a bit too long without a word. I don't even realise I am doing it.
Carole I was really pleased to hear your results were not anything else awful to deal with and the new kitten looks too cute for words. Will you have to keep it in for while so it does not stray? How was your trip to England? I bet you were so excited to see the little ones. Time goes fast with them too. Have your temperatures dropped yet? We got cooler but back to about 15C this week and we are going on our twice cancelled family trip soon, so hoping the milder weather stays. Its not far to travel so I can get back if anything happens with the oldies.
Lisa how is the Bristol commute going? When we spoke you were excited about the new role. How is that going now? I hope mum and dad recovered well and that both you and Carole have managed to avoid covid. I have taken my uncle for his booster but mum can't get in a car so has to wait for the mobile nurse service. Although I don't think she is quite up to the 6 month recommended time between 2 and 3, but he was able to go on the very first day they offered jabs as much higher in vulnerability. Mum had her 90th birthday despite saying she would not make it. She had such a lovely time and so many people came to see her as we had a buffet and open house. Sadly my brother's daughter got a positive PCR so they could not come to it. So a lot of work getting it all done, handing out tea and then the next day getting the house back to how it was. She thanks me for that day every time I see her , so it definitely feels like it was worth doing. She is having quite a good spell but the shingles seems to have hung around a long time. It has stopped her thinking about any of her other ailments!
Well I better go or I will never get this posted. I hope this finds you well. Love Lily xx
Hi both. Carol kitten looks cute even though they terrify me lol. And oh a visit to UK and catch up with family sounds fab 😊😊.
Lily glad Victor better and eugh I was almost gagging reading about sick and dentists. Think I need a filling and thsts bad enough lol.
Bit hectic hear on last two weeks at work but on anothrt companies systems so nothing ever easy. Then a week of then new job. I've also gone on a small local housing associations board and committee as I'd I haven't enough to do but want to keep in the loop and then week off after two weeks before New job then a wee trip to Bristol. Nervous ain't the word.
Well better get to bed got a meeting in 7hrs lol. Glad to see everyone is okay xx
Hope you are both keeping well? Any update on your Mum Lily? Here's hoping Victor is recovered now. How are you coping with it all?
Lisa when do you start your new job? Hope your Mum and Dad are doing nicely now?
Not much news from me, all good here although weather has turned decidedly wintry now.
Take care Love Carole xx
Hi both of you
Just a quick post from me as we are busy unpacking and washing from our trip to UK. It was wonderful to see them all again, and great as we did a spot of babysitting and took the littlies out to a soft play centre which they loved. On Wednesday it was number 3 grandchild's birthday, so we spent the day trouping around Marwell Zoo near Southampton. Most of the animals were hiding of course, isn't that what they do at zoos lol.
Lisa I hope the job is going well, have you started yet? Also hoping your Mum and Dad are recovering nicely after Covid.
Lily sorry to hear Victor has been poorly but I'm pleased he is on the mend. Sorry you have more to worry about with your Mum and you're right, the Carer should've looked after her. I hate cleaning up other people's sickness episodes.
The new cat, called Sherlock is arriving next week so Mr P is busy building a tree house for him. Here is a picture which I hope works.
Love to you both xx
I have no idea why I forgot to post. Just got right into summer holidays and tbh I could have just retired. No such luck and back at work for a bit longer. Thank you Lisa for checking up on me and sorry if I gave you any worry. Always things going on but didn't seem to go online at home and that's what reminds me to add a post. Victor was very ill last weekend and got admitted but thankfully got out on Sunday evening and seems to be ok, a massive infection and they don't know how he got it. I had to just sit in my car and wave through the window or text. Horrible time as his mobile ran out so then we were in the dark as he passed from one specialist to another. After 6 hours outside they said I should go. He is really well now.
Mum is 90 next month. She was ill just before Victor and called me to clear all the sick up again. Its not something I find easy, usually joining in if I hear noises. I was just annoyed that she had sent the carer home early and then called me, when the carer should have been there. She is refusing to eat but enjoying the attention of people fussing her to try to get her to eat! We have been through this many times before.
I was back at the dentist this week, so back on painkillers at night but easing up now and that should be my last one for a while. Fingers crossed,
Carole the new cat sounds exciting. I have heard of that breed. What name have you picked. Hope the other animals like it and get on. How are you feeling? I hope you can visit everyone here before too long.
Lisa thanks again buddy. Is the new car behaving itself? I got mine in April and that's been back a few times too, hopefully not going to continue. Also the new job. So proud of you and I would love to hear about what you do. So sorry mum and dad caught covid but it sounded like they were getting through it reasonably, hope it stayed that way. Yes I was very sad about Sarah Harding too. I did see them in concert in their last tour.
Hugs and apologies buddies love Lily xx
Hi both, hope you're doing okay. You know it's been quiet when I post before you Lily. Carol we got a day 2 test for 28 pound but thing government have taken them off list today. Prob cos not making them enough money.
We bit sad today hearing the news of Sarah Harding, always seems to get to me when lose famous people to it, makes it real again.
I've a good friend whose just been diagnosed with non hodkins lymphoma so all but sad and mad at mo, she's only 32 but she'll fight it so fingers crossed but I get where she's at at the moment.
Onto some better news I have a new job, pay rise and no formal interview, thank the lord. Its for housing association in Bristol but only need to travel maybe once every 13 weeks which I can manage and have to cover own travel costs but put me on top of the scale to help. I'm going to be their Governance and Risk Manager and they are waiting till I finish at end of October so get my redundnacy too. I was stuck as whilst our company closes down in 3 weeks there's some potentisl opportunities there but I've decided on fresh start even though I'm terrified. Got 2 staff one current works there and other just recruited. Friends and folks working on my schedule to have a visit to Bristol, somewhere I've never been.
10 days till hols too so I've positive head on today.
Hope you are both okay d Lily youlle be back to work no doubt and Carol on countdown to puppy xxxx
Nice to hear your news Lisa, any luck with the job interview you had? It's great that after such a long time life is beginning to get back to normal. The kitten should be arriving around middle of September, when he will be 4 months old. We are still hoping to get across the water for a visit early September, I'm keeping fingers crossed and hope that the farcical day 2 test will be abolished by then. I've heard so much about rip off companies that take your money but don't do the test.
We have 3rd vaccinations at the beginning of December. Our weather is a mixed bunch, a few days of sunshine then cloud, rain and dank for the next few days. The veg was doing well in the garden when it was sunny but not much going on now it's back to cloud. When the sun does appear it is very hot, one day last week it was 44 degrees, in the shade on our terrace.
Lily no news from you, hope all is good in the Lily family.
Take care girls love Carole xxx
Hi both, how you doing, get me checking in again. It's cos I don't get notifications.
Carole, any further forward on possible UK visit? Must be getting near time for your kitten, very exciting.
We had a lovely caravan break, although 6 hours drive due to stay cations on way home was dire even in my new wheels. Wiper broke too and scratches windscreen I could cry, but still love it and csnt wait to see Sophie in my old one.
Been out for a normal night with friends, was a bit strange but nice and we were careful. Sadly, one of my friends who is only 32 just been diagnosed with non hodkins lymphoma so waiting for more info but it's really sad x
Not much else to report here, might have interview this week but it's for a place in Bristol mainly home working so not sure, but need to get over my interview fear lol.
Lily hope you are doing okay. Not like you to be so quiet 😊😂.
Right off for love island fix....
Oh wow, 2 posts to read and reply to.
Firstly Lily, great news about your mammo being clear but still not so good about your brother's burns and your mum and her fall. Must be a very stressful time with end of term jobs, dental problems, family and holidaying in staycation this year, but like you say being able to go anywhere is positive. It sounds like it will be fun with your family and all the dogs. Lots of walking I think so better eat lots of cream cakes 😂. Will you be anywhere to fit in some sightseeing too? I think UK is having good weather at the moment so hope it stays nice for your holiday.
Lisa are you relieved that you will be taking redundancy? Yes it sounds like your CV will have a lot of good information on it. I've never stayed in one job for more than about 5 years so 25 is a big achievement. So sorry to hear your parents have had Covid. Are they double vaccinated too? That is the worry that even though vaccinated, people are still catching it. I'm glad they're on the mend though. What a nuisance about your new car, it sounds super cool but not for breaking down. Was it a private sale? Your camping trip also sounds like a lot of fun, we haven't been able to get away at all this year.
As the UK government keep changing the rules, we are not sure that we'll be able to get over for a visit in September. Having to quarantine will be a problem as sister and children live 2 hours apart. I'm desperate to pick up all the things from my Mum, especially the photos. So at the moment people from France have to quarantine, and even though double vaccinated of course they're not NHS vaccinations. We have an EU vaccination passport. Watch this space.
My other exciting news is that in September we are picking up a Maine c o o n kitten. We saw him last week at a month old, so the breeder gets him ready for us to pick up then. I'm busy looking at Maine c o o n climbing frames and toys. They are supposed to be dog like in nature and very people loving. My only worry is how to keep our 2 dogs from terrifying him. They chase our other ginger cat although he's not scared of them.
All for now, have a sunny week and stay safe xxx
Well told off and back and give myself a kick too. Sorry girls it's been a bit bonkers but no excuse just so tired after work tend to eat out TV on and nod off.
Oh lily whet happened to your brothers had sounds horrific. And your dentist jeez legs crossed here. Think I have appointment too. Fab news re mamo x
Carole so glad your tests were okay too. It's all scary waiting isn't it xx hopefully you can get over to visit family over here at some point.
Well it's been a bit hectic over here. I'm due to leave end October and staying till end to secure my redundnacy. It was my 25 years anniversary st work on Friday too 😭. For my sins helping the parent company on a big project so leading on tenant consultation for 100,000 customers... So bit busy learning stuff too but good for my cv.
Other news parents both have covid. It's been bit rough but on mend too. No idea how they got it as mega careful and don't go anywhere. Luckily I was offered a test and release trial so been able to distance check on them and get essentials.
Bought myself a wee car too after 12 years with my old one, which is going to my niece foe her 17th birthday ❤️. Mid life crisis car, black ds4 blacked out windows, black alloys, wee tiny go faster stripe on roof and wing mirrors and sports interior. Love it but hour away and 45mins in on way home engine fault so I've had it for 1 hour in last week and half. Hope to get it back on tue so can have a play before a mini break next week to Filey with family. Some camping, we're in caravan...
Hope sun is shining with you all xx
I am writing this so I don't have to watch Italy lift the cup boooo. I wasn't sure if school would be worst if we won or lost! They have been so excited about trying to win. Well that's that unfortunately.
Carole I am so glad to hear your tests went well. How are you getting on with reducing tablets to have less effect on your heart? I hope you are managing to balance it so you feel ok. Not too fast and not too slow.
We have had thick cloud and then rain, so a disappointing lack of a summer recently. We go away very soon just in the UK but it feels very exciting to be going anywhere to be honest. I am really looking forward to it. It is, Victor, myself, YD, her boys and an army of dogs. So that will keep me out of many shops! I am pleased to be able to tell you that my mammos were all clear. It is tough waiting 3 years now and I was a little apprehensive. I am also going through my next big dentist ordeal and have had a tough week with stitches and jaw pain as well as a really big down payment of over £1000. I have the stitches out on Tuesday. My brother has been signed off by the burns unit but it looks grim and it just bleeds at times. Next stage is big yellow pustules they told him 😞 and if he gets any sun on it at all his hand will turn completely black, so he is very glad of the cloudy weather. The insurance is moving very slowly as usual. Mum had another fall and didn't break anything but a bad cut led to a hospital trip and problems healing.
Lisa consider yourself well and truly told off as we miss you and we are the only 3 musketeers left now. NO seriously you come on here when you can or need to. What has happened about your job now because you were going to look for another? Has anything come up yet?
Better go as pretty late. Take care much love Lily xxx
Gosh it's been a while since I posted, but anyway I'm pleased to say my PET scan and Oncologist appointment went well last week, the Onc was happy that every is ok as nothing showed up on the scan. Phew, a relief I can tell you.
It's certainly been one of those years where cars, kitchen equipment, garden equipment, the swimming pool has a leak so apart from a couple of times in May when we had warm weather we used it a couple of times but haven't been able to enjoy it this year. We know where the leak is so that's something at least. The strimmer had to be replaced, and last week I'd just started to mow the grass and the ride on mower broke down. We're hoping this can be fixed as we can certainly do without more expense. Just one thing after another!
And then there is the weather which has been absolutely dreadful. 2 days sunny then a week of rain and the humidity is incredible.
Well I'd better get some housework motivation, I hope you are both well xxx
Hi both, please slap me for my lack of absence it's all been a bit bonkers here but all safe and well. I will have a read and catch up tomorrow xxx
Oh Lily, what a tough time you are having. Your poor brother, it sounds awful, how is he doing now? Is there much damage to his house? I was horrified to hear about your son and I hope, mentally, he recovers from this ordeal. I imagine bank cards had to be told, and cancelled and will take some time to get back to normal. Hugs, to you and all.
Well I'm 2 jabs done, but not planning to travel just yet. My hope is that by September we will be free to visit family in Hampshire and London. I've only seen them by video since February last year. I want to hug the baby girls so much, I fear they don't know who Nana is . My sister has some of mum's ashes for me and a few other bits mum wanted me to have. It will be a sad reunion when I see my sister.
In other news I had my cardiology appointment today, he said my heart is good, but, beats very fast (isn't that contradictory? ), so has given me beta blockers to try and slow down the heart. I've taken readings tonight and it has definitely slowed down my pulse/heart rate, even to a tad too low. Tomorrow I will reduce the dose by cutting in half and will see. I'd rather take less than more.
Next week is my PET scan and Oncologist appointment. I'm confident the only thing that might show up is alcohol abuse to my liver 😆. My tumour markers were 31.5, normal is 30 so not worth hardly a mention, but here they follow up any abnormalities, which is good. I’ve been having back ache a lot more than usual, and painful arms if I move them the wrong way, I've put this down to surgery.
Enjoy the rest of the week, much love Carole xxx
Hello Carole, you didn't mention what sort of numbers you usually see so I am not sure if you are talking about small numbers still. I remember my onc wouldn't even talk about them below 100 as he said they are only reliable at high numbers. I know they can tell more for some people but not everyone. They ever worked for Nicky until she got into high numbers. I know its easy to say but try to wait until you know more. My mother's favourite proverb for this is, crossing the bridge before you get to it. Something she always does. It was my grandmother's favourite saying too. I am glad you have this level of insurance so you can everything tested so well and keep me posted how it all goes. Our thoughts are with you as always. I have never had a PET scan but a friend had one most years but has to travel to London for it. I think it shows detail that others cannot pick up. Its been a tough week here as my brother moved into a new home, actually it is a very old house and it caught fire and he has been burned as he tried to carry the object which was on fire outside. It is his right hand so he cannot drive and it looks really sore and barbequed. Then the next day my son was robbed while working in London and they took their equipment plus his backpack. So that has been worrying and a lot of problems to sort out. Fortunately the men were all ok, which is the main thing. We are back to rain here which is good for the garden of course but I really enjoyed sitting out every evening so hoping it will be sunny again soon. No watering the garden for me. I've just done my next covid test, which I hate doing and usually have to get sent a reminder to do it. Do you find that having had 2 jabs you start to relax a bit more about them? I know I should be on the ball and will try to remember. We have a staycation booked for in a month and I am very excited about it. We booked to go with just one of our children's family knowing that was the most likely thing to be able to do, so it should be fine. We are just going to the coast and having lots of walks as we are taking all the dogs with us. Will you manage to get away at all. Even the smallest, local break seems to be exciting these days. I can't imagine myself getting on a plane just yet. Mostly I am scared of getting ill in an area without much expertise or enough equipment. Hopefully my courage will increase in time. Our American relatives have not been offered any jabs at all yet, which they are finding very difficult as they are usually able to get anything they want by paying. Strange times we live in. Take care buddies. Love Lily xx
Hi Lily, my usual ca results are below 30 but this time they were 31.5 so above normal, but only slightly. However before I see the oncologist on 30 June, I need a PET scan, which I've never had before. After discussing this and googling, it seems to be a very accurate test for organs, cells and brain. It's also one of the most expensive tests so a good job we should be covered by our national insurance called securite sociale here. Yes Lily, it's difficult not to worry but I am trying to forget about it until the results.
I miss my lovely cat, I asked for him to be cremated and I hope to put him with the ashes of my mum, when I eventually get them here in France. Not sure when that will be, but hoping to in September. It depends on the circumstances at that time with covid. I hope to visit the grandchildren especially as one will be 4 then and I've missed every birthday so far.
Veg is coming along but the high temperatures are not so good. We don't have any air pollution or light pollution as we're in rural land. Some plants are scorched.
Lily hoping you're OK and not overloaded with work.
All for now xxxx
Hello girls, how are you. Good to her from you Carole. I got quite obsessed with tumour markers during and after treatment and my onc used to leave it off the blood form. He was very amused to hear I added the test name on the form myself because I wanted to know the score. They are not at all reliable at low numbers but become more reliable in some people and when numbers get much higher. So they get a bit more notice taken in secondaries and when numbers go up a lot. Mine stayed around 12/13 even after full treatment and he told me that was normal for people who had never had cancer to still have that sort of number. I wanted it to got to zero but it never did. I have my mammos next week. I am now on the general 3 year programme for people who haven't suffered with BC but it still spooks me a bit as well as hurting like hell sometimes. How often do you both have them? Are you worried about the results Carole? It doesn't take much to throw you straight back in to that worry does it? Keep me posted xx
Carole it is really hot here most days and I love the heat but of course miss the best of it as at work. Not that we could compete with those high numbers. It was that here during the afternoon. What with the poor cat passing and the heart beat problems, a difficult time for you. Perhaps you should ease up on gardening in the extreme temperatures until you get your heart checked out. Just to be cautious. Look after yourself please. Lisa how is the job situation now? Let us know how you are when you get 5 minutes love Lily xx
Hi girls, sorry it's been a while, I don't know why but maybe since the weather became sunny I've been spending more time in the garden. Yesterday we reached 28 degrees at 7 pm. Whilst I like the hotter weather I don't like the constant sweating every time I'm doing physical stuff.
My last tumour marker was slightly raised, so I saw my GP yesterday and left it to her to phone an oncologist to find out what I should do. It's the first time it has been slightly higher. I know that Nicky didn't think a lot about tumour markers, as many things can affect them. I'm also waiting to see my Cardiologist as my rapid heart beat is causing me palpitations and it's a constant rapid beat not changeable. It could be because of my diabetes, which is very stable at the moment.
Monday was a sad day for me, our 18 year old cat was put to sleep. He was blind, deaf and had high blood pressure. He ate like a horse but didn't put any weight on so probably a thyroid problem too. I had put off doing it in the hope that he would slip away in his sleep. In the end it was peaceful but very upsetting.
The veg is coming along, we've got courgettes, runner beans, petit pois peas, leeks, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and chillis. It does take a lot of watering though.
That's about it for my five minute break in between cleaning and gardening.
Have a nice weekend both of you, love Carole x
Hello , how are you both? I have been absolutely overloaded with work so I do apologise for not coming on here sooner. Trying to sort school exams out this year has been so much harder and I just haven't stopped as we had to catch up after lockdown, teach everything, write the exams and then mark everything instead of the exam board. Not sure anyone else did anything this year. Still going through it with a lot more work to do. I am so pleased it is half term but mainly so I have more free time to try to keep up with it all. I did a lot every evening with my gs so it was quite a stressful time. He is clever but like most lockdown has made him used to a different type of education and difficult to become formal again. He was good and put up with everything I did with him. Hoping to relax and go out a bit. I have 2 of my littles staying overnight. They were very excited to be back and staying away from home. They have been exploring the house, like they can't remember where everything is. I guess a year is a really long time when you are 6. My very youngest seems happiest when you are the other side of glass waving, as he just hasn't had enough time and especially physical contact with us. Getting happier to be slightly further from his mummy and to be picked up by everyone. Carole I expect you may find this too. It must be very strange for the little ones that are not really talking much yet.
Yes I had my 2nd astra vaccine too and just felt a bit tired that evening, nothing else. Have you had one or two now Lisa? How are your family as I remember you had a few things going on. Hope all is well. Same with you Carole. Today it was really hot which was nice but a surprise. I think our weather has been similar to France as I have been in 2 jumpers until today. We just had our raised big sundeck replaced and the sun came out just in time for the builders to go. All ready for enjoying the sun and large family meals outdoors. Well fingers crossed we will. Are you 2 doing anything in the house or garden this year.
Well sorry to rush but my 2 little people will no doubt be up early so better get to bed. Love Lily xx
Hi ladies, how are you both doing? It will soon be half term for you Lily, do you have any plans? My 2nd vaccine was good, no side effects at all and I am so pleased I am now fully vaccinated. Good luck to your Little Chap with his exams, our eldest granddaughter is 17 years old today, boy doesn't time fly as you get older. I think going automatic is a good idea, and if we exchange our 11 year old car it would definitely be for an automatic. We're not changing it though, at least not yet.
Our weather has been changeable, one saturday in the last couple of weeks it was 28 degrees and very sunny so I turned the heating off. The next day down to 13 degrees so the heating went back on and has remained on since 🙄. It has also been so wet, rain almost every day for about 5/6 weeks.
I'm hoping to get over to the UK in September if all the quarantine restrictions have lifted, we have so many people to see in different counties.
It's now 14 weeks since Mum passed, I miss her so much as we used to talk almost every day even if we did repeat conversations. I could never imagine my life without her, and here we are. She's in my thoughts every day. I give myself some consolation by thinking at least she's not confused and lonely anymore. I wish her last 4 weeks had been better for her.
The weather is pretty awful again today so I don't feel motivated to do much. Take care love Carole xx
Hello girls, how are you. I was so pleased to find posts to read about how you both are and something to answer. I confess my coping strategy is not remembering any anniversaries apart from immediate family, after hearing endless lists from mum who has the lot still in her head. We recently went through my Dad's anniversary of passing and I think she finally understands my need to think how lucky I was to have an amazing dad on his birthday and think nice things, rather than remembering the funeral service and hearing the news. Of course I understand its a different emotion, as you expect to lose parents but partners are different. She is being very nice to me at the moment, which is always the scariest time ha ha, only one way this can go. She talks to me all the time about my brother moving 4 miles away and how it changed everything and when he will go. I said to him she probably does the same to you about me, no he said!! Oh well.
We are very excited about the easing of lockdown here Carole and i hope you soon follow suit. Everyone is planning to turn up non stop so feeling a bit worried about the massive cooking for 16 as I am out of practice. Maybe they can bring a packed lunch so I can just see them all instead of peeling potatoes for a week ha ha. The kids at school will be overjoyed at not wearing masks in class. I just hope it will still all go well. I have my 2nd jab in just over a week at one of the big vaccination centres. I had Astra, the same as you Carole. Have you had one now Lisa? My new car was an Audi TT and it goes so fast, i love it. I changed to an automatic this time and I hope I have eventually stopped trying to go into first gear if I stop unexpectedly. It has so many gadgets it throws me if I suddenly do something wrong, thinking I am in the old car. Very anxious not to destroy my alloys but it is going to happen!
Lisa I was wondering how all the family are now. Mum and her IBS and other problems, dad with cellulitis and your poor brother. How is everyone? A lot in one go. I was worried to hear about your job going but pleased you are seeing this as an opportunity to branch into something new. Will you wait for redundancy or move when you see something you are interested in? Would you work in a hospital at all as I think you would be very sympathetic and supportive, understanding how people are feeling? Keep us posted how it goes. Do you have any plans to go away yet? I had my first staycation but just to Great Yarmouth for a weekend. I was so excited I felt I was going on a world cruise, it seemed very daring ha ha. First of many I hope.
Carole thank you for remembering Val too, as you say, so many gone. My pal Nick 😞 but I still feel that part of her is with me and know how she felt about people still here not wasting time and making the most of life. So I take people with me (in my mind) and think how they would have enjoyed it. I met Nicky twice and we got on like we had always known each other. I miss being Dr Lily to try to support her too. Carole how did your 2nd jab go? Any side effects? I had a flu type side effect and was freezing cold after the first. My temp was 36.0C with 3 jumpers, blankets and the heating up full blast. Hoping to escape it but hey even if I don't I am glad to have it. I only know one person who doesn't want it and they have been listening to a troll who thinks it will genetically change people to make them take orders. Its a good job I was not with her as I would have spat my drink out laughing. I guess they forgot to go to school, what a twerp and to try to stop other people too, unbelievably mean. Just have to hope she doesn't catch it.
Has it warmed up in France yet Carole? Our weather is so changeable and this was the frostiest April on record so not good for seedlings. We have booked to have a big new deck built so I am looking forward to that as it is very sheltered and I can sunbathe out of view of anyone so I can brave a bikini. Lol nobody else would want to have that shock, catching my vitamin D fix. Its not healthy but I do love some tan and like to soak up the sun when I can. Well better buzz off. Work is totally manic. Can you believe my original little chap is taking GCSEs this year, or would be if they had not replaced it with twice as many tests..
Love to all Lily xx
Nice to hear your news Lisa, I totally agree with you about feeling the loss of Nicky, and yes I think Val passed around 7 years. Both such lovely ladies and I can still remember the day I met Val at a nearby campsite. Your Mum sounds as though she is having a difficult time medically and I hope they get to the bottom of it sooner than later. It seems easy these days to blame stomach problems on IBS, but perhaps worrying about your brother, you and your Dad could be the cause? Hope things work out for you in your job.
Lily we'll look forward to hearing about your Staycations. At the moment I still think it's the best bet, although they're saying on the news today that it has been proven that people with 2 vaccinations are pretty safe from catching covid. What model is pup? 😂
I'm having my second vaccination tomorrow, I think it will be AZ as that is what we had first time. Hoping I don't suffer too badly with side effects as I'm home alone at the moment. I've bought a couple of ready meals just in case I feel rough.
YD and Mr P drove all the way on a 10 hour round trip because YD was picking up a new Skoda Fabia from afar. It's a beautiful car, a very bright metallic blue. So proud of her. ED had a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago, she has suffered from woman problems and endometriosis for most of her adult life, so this was the final option. She seems to be doing well and is doing a sponsored walk through May for breast cancer, so proud of her too, and donated some money.
Apart from that, I have little news to talk about. Our weather has been very changeable, we had 2 weeks of dry warm weather which was good for the morale, but last 3 days have been grey, wet and cold. I even lit the fire yesterday as I felt so cold, 9 degrees at end of April is a first in the 13 years since we moved to the sunny (or not) SW.
Have a good bank holiday weekend and hope the sun shines for you, love Carole xx
PS the final Line of Duty reveals who H is, who do you think it is?
Im back lol
Lovely to catch up on your news. I'll tell you mine later but nothing that interesting just busy.
Think I've struggled a bit since nicky passed the group feel so small now and today it reminded me on Facebook that it was the anniversary of Val's passing, think its 7 years 🤔😭.
I'm up for the chubby support, I wish ide done the diet and exercise in lockdown instead I've went the other way, oh and Carole I'm pushing myself as I've been in recluse mode too.
Carole so sorry re your mum hope it's getting a little easier and I'm sure I'd you could visit UK and see family would be a lovely boost and sorry your just hitting lock down as we are just on the release.
Lily, sounds like pup keeps you busy too and hoping you are managing to see a bit more of family with restrictions lifting. I've had a wee beer garden treat which was lovely and felt like a special treat. Oh do tell about new car, I'm staring to look around as it's been 10 years since a car change so want to havr a good look around, I've started a list.
Been a bit hectic here planning for friends 50th x 3 and family birthdaya and work has been manic to say least. We are fully integrating later this year and I'm likely to be out of a job after 25 years as nothing comparable in new company but I'm also on the group helping them to get everything sorted. May be other jobs come up in the bigger company but I think I'm going to use it as a fresh start as not had interview for 25 years ai it's all go. Had few family scared brother in a and e in agony and turned yellow but looks like it was gallbladder blocking liver duct so waiting doe op and 18 mth list. Poor mams still got belly and bowel problems after 18 months. Had scans for ovaries and othrt stuff and a wee procedure and then told prob ibs and manage diet. She's been back and sending for colonoscopy and since then had abnormal kidney and bow stool sample but docs have said no blood so not overly concerned and think infection but we were really worried but not as bad now. However, said 11 months waiting list so trying to persuade her to go private, same weekend dad for cellulitis in arm so been hospital and no driving so all go lol.
Keep the TV ideas coming I'm going to look at some of those. I'm into line of duty, Chicago pd and then trashy rich house poor house.
Will make more of an effort buddies and try and log of work earlier and message here 😍. Hugs
its taking us a while to settle into our thread again after losing Nicky but I hope we can keep going and I don't mind if there is a gap between messages just as long as we can step up when one of needs support. Hopefully we can grow old and chubby together ha ha. No confessions about weight gain needed, we all know that clothes shrunk in lockdown 🙂 Its a fact.
Carole while I felt so sorry for your tears, I think you also needed to do this to be able to grieve and move on. Its quite some time since mum had been the person you knew for most of your life, which I completely empathise with. I was worried about you but you sound like its starting to be a little easier, perhaps not every day. How are you feeling now? I haven't watched the programme so maybe I should give it a go. My guilty pleasure is Love island Australia but I really enjoy keeping Faith, bulletproof and quite bemused by Prodigal Son at present. Fall backs are always back episodes of Vera and other detective series, love them all, especially Endeavour. What are you watching at present Lisa? Carole the veg plot sounds impressive. I went out and mowed the front lawn. Sn had been in and mowed the much bigger back lawn but the front lawn is the one that everyone notices and the weeds go crazy if you leave it. I can see all the new plants survived and are starting to bud and open. By tomorrow the cherry blossom will be magnificent before giving me a nightmare for weeks with cherry stones scattered everywhere by the birds. Cherry stones contain arsenic so tricky for the pup, when she visits. We see her right through the week as her day care, which I love. She was one a week ago. Our old timer keeps chugging along and I think the pup came in time to give her a second lease of life. She still chases her round the garden as fast as she can. Lisa its been colder your way. How is the garden looking? I am wondering if you have even been able to mow yet?
Carole my sympathy about the lockdown. All this politics instead of just getting vaccines to save people seems ridiculous. Its the first time I was glad we were out the EU so we could get our jabs done. Now other worries. Its never off the news. Yes your president is taking a lot of flack. I won't comment as it is not really my place and it really annoys me when a relative of ours who emigrated to Spain just seems to email me to mention specific events that happen and how wonderful everything around her is. Well that didn't last for long but I am glad they are being looked after. She is married to an Irish chap so he is ok but she has had to do a lot of paperwork recently to protect her residency there. is it similar for you Carole? Such a worry for people. Well I have booked 2 staycations as I am much too anxious to chance getting stuck in a hospital abroad with covid or a variant. It will take me personally a while to venture out the country. How about you Lisa, are you concerned to travel or are you going to jump straight back into your lovely trips again? You are much younger so have much lower risk than me. Have you had a jab yet? MY second one is in mid May time Carole. Victor will get his ahead of me as he catches an earlier/older group. We both had AZ. Two of my girls do caring and had their jabs recently but all the rest are in younger groups. Son will be in the last group, who now need a different vaccine. My exciting news is that I bought a new car and hope to collect it this week but waiting for a trade in price and paperwork first. I am moving to an automatic to please Victor and so he will drive my car too. It is also back to petrol after being talked into diesel by the salesman last time. Will be fun but a bit anxious about wrecking the alloys !!! Well the first time I do it after that who cares ha ha. Well would love to hear any news buddies. Keep safe love Lily xxx
Hi Lily and Lisa
Sorry I've not been around for a while, what with Mum's funeral (which I cried all the way through), the weather being good and doing lots of gardening, and watching a programme on Amazon Prime (membership on a trial period, I was intending to cancel) called This Is Us, I am totally addicted.
I don't like to sit watching TV during the day, I try to keep busy but there is only so much gardening and housework you can do.
Lily your mother's day treat, a roast dinner sounded very nice and I expect it surprised you too. I agree when one of our children leaves the nest it takes a while to get used to. I hope to visit the children in the UK at some time this year, I didn't get across last year at all and feel I've missed out on so much of the grandchildren. Sorry that your holiday was cancelled again.
Lisa I'm pleased to hear from you and that all is well.
As I said before my vegetable garden has helped to lose myself, so this year we are growing leeks, and courgettes from plants, runner beans, peas, carrots and hopefully some green veg from seeds. I love seeing seeds turn into plants, especially edible ones.
As you've come out of lockdown, we have just gone back into one. It's possible to go out for shopping and essentials, I go out as little as possible, to avoid coming into contact with people. I've turned into a bit of a recluse, but that's my life, the same as usual when here alone. Travel beyond 10 kms is only possible for an essential reason. A lot of people in France feel the president should have gone into a lock down 2 months ago, but he's a business man and hoping to be re-elected next year so the economy meant more to him than lives!
Hope you can enjoy some freedom now, when is your 2nd vaccination Lily? Mine should be in about a month. Take care, much love Carole xxx
Hi all, om still here just been so busy but all safe and sound x I'm gonna have a read on my lunch break whatever thst is tomorrow cos by time I log on at night too tired to post. Catch you tomorrow from a guilty buddy 😘😘
Hello Carole and Lisa, how are you both? Carole I can't believe it is so long to wait for mum's funeral. I'm sending you a big hug. I think it must be very soon and I will be thinking of you. Mothers day as well, what a difficult time but how lovely that your daughter went to so much trouble to do something nice. She knew how you would feel. I must have walked miles on mother's day as having a walk with someone is about the most we can do. My son ordered takeaway roast dinners so no cooking, which was a real treat but nobody else was allowed to eat with us. I find that the smallest thing is quite exciting these days, like a walk. I wonder how long we will appreciate these small things, when things become easier. I don't think I will travel abroad this year unless things are dramatically better in October. Here seems to be the safest place for now. I have had one vaccine which has made me feel much safer going to work. We had another positive today, its routine unfortunately but upsets me if I have been in the room with them, at the wrong time. Victor has calmed down a lot too since he got his vaccine. He is even talking about venturing into London occasionally. In the middle of all this my son decided to move out to live with friends and I knew it had to happen one day but its taking a bit of getting used to. We have become really close all stuck in together and have done a lot together. he is coming in regularly to help me out with my empty nest 😞 I am looking forward to schools breaking up this week so I can relax,. Its not easy constantly having to anti-bac or sanitise everything, everywhere you go at work. Yes we have a small local holiday booked for July, a staycation as they are calling them. Our Easter holiday was cancelled for the 2nd time and after 2 years we just got our money back! I am not confident to enough to go abroad and chance one of us getting covid while away, so we get stuck there or worse! Carole do you think you will travel this summer. I expect the thinking is very different in France from what we hear on the news. I was very excited to get my oxford astra Z jab but it is not the same feeling across Europe. Maybe the 100% stats from USA will help people to have the vaccine and help save lots of other people. I worry about a lot. How are you two coping?
Lisa I wanted to check if your family are all well and hope that nobody caught the virus.
Well better go Love Lily xx