Happy new year buddies and here's to a healthy one.
lily can't wait to see some chipmunk and wedding snaps. My sign of a good wedding is always a full dance floor but boy do I ache afterwards lol
well I was totally spoilt and spend most of my break in pjs and sleeping so need to sort that before work on Thursday lol. Went out with friends last night but it went from 9 of us to 3 which is so annoying shoeshine when ide bought lots of stuff as starting at mine first.
Hopemyouve all had had a lovely relaxing time filled with fun friends and family xxx diet commences on Thursday as I've hit m all time heaviest and nothing fits xxxx
Hi buddies, hope you had a lovely Christmas with lots of visits or phone calls and maybe some nice presents. Christmas was crazy here, so many people to lunch that we were literally sitting on anything high enough to reach one of 2 tables squashed in the dining room. Lots of fun but boy have I peeled a lot of spuds and the very horrible but compulsary brussels, yuk. The little ones all had a whole day together and they get on so well that its lovely to see them all grow up together. i always laugh at the bizarre presents that they find exciting when you might have spent a lot more on a present you thought they would like best! Boxing day was a little quiter with 12 less guests and diners than we had on Christmas day but still quite a bit to prepare. As usual the turkey went so quickly I was disappointed to not have more days to enjoy conjuring up dishes to eat it.
Christmas was of course overshadowed by the wedding. We officially closed Christmas at the end of Boxing day and went into a few mad days making sure everything was in place. Ed looked absolutely stunning and the groom cried more than anyone else. I don't cry at happy events so most shots I am grinning like a chipmunk!! The day went perfectly and the venue and staff were very attentive to make everything go smoothly and as planned. A guest said to me that was the only one they had ever been to where they felt full up after the wedding breakfast. I was pleased to hear that as I like guests to go home full. I hardly slept that night due to severe cramp fropm over dancing, for a change. All the family love dancing except Victor and we even got him out of his seat for a while. Such a lovely, lovely day to remember. I can't wait to see all the photos. Well except those with a chipmunk in ha ha. We all met up again tonight for a takeaway and chat over the day and demolished a lot of the chocolate wedding cake. Well we have seen off the overseas guest too this evening, who added to the chaos this year and now I can have the house back to normal and calm down again. A bit of vegging out on the sofa watching tv is definitely needed.Well hope your holiday spell was enjoyable too. Love Lily xx
Hi all, here's wishing you all a merry Xmas and a healthy 2018 xxx I'm just making lemon posset and shortbread whilst consuming prosecco and not sure how they will turn out. At Mam and dads for lunch which will be a quiet one for a change but visiting family and kids in morning so that will be fun.
Lily i get what you mean about the shops. I couldn't believe the date on the used by dates this year so I've done it last minute and I'll need major diet after this. Sounds like you've had your hands full to lol.
well bronchitis has eased off a bit and sunus jut starting but boy I'm tired. I was up till three am wrapping went to bed woke up at five and next thing I knew it was dinner time couldn't believe it ... and still tired.
well folks off for some more wrapping. Hope you have an amazing day. I've been a bit lacks on here of late due to being tired and lots of work issues but I really don't know what I wouldn't do without you all.
merry Xmas buddies xxxx
Happy Christmas to everyone. i hope you all get over your colds and other health issues to be able to enjoy a few days of too much food and nice presents. No the wedding is after Christmas so still on the build up. Its been very difficult to get things delivered that you could normally rely on. Victor suddenly remembered the white ribbons for the cars and luckily that has got here. I still have 2 Christmas presents missing, annoyingly. Almost all of our cards arrived today too. Not that so many people send them these days but I like to send cards to oldies who I don't see because they live furtehr away. otherwise you lose contact altogether. I have been wrapping some presents but still a lot left to do.
I had a big Tesco shop and was disappointed how many things were not delivered and so still had to go out in the manic supermarket this morninfor things we didn't have or that were sent to go out of date before Christmas day! I have been anjoying catching up on some oldies on the movies like Bridget Jones and today I watched Coyote Ugly and one of the Jurassic Park films. Victor came in and said are you watching this? I said yes I am. He said you aren't even in the room how can you be? I said I just come back in for my favourite bits ha ha! I love rewatching favourites but he can't stand watching them more than once. Well mum is being very difficult and I am frustrated as i have been putting myself out and lost count of how many people's presents I chose, bought, wrapped and delivered only to have that oldy give me another list of things to choose, buy, wrap and deliver back! I really didn't have spare time but twice took her to shops to buy every individual food item she wanted even though I am not eating there any days at all, then still got a moody reaction and made to feel I was a problem! Grrr. Right got that off my chest. Then visited another relative because she said she was lonely and she spent the whole time telling me she wished she was dead. What the heck is the matter with these old timers? I have no patience for self pity when you are lucky enough to reach such a ripe old age and still be able to make yourself a cup of tea and not have any money worries. My brother says they better mean it if anyone says it to him!!! Anyway that's my depressing bit done so I can enjoy the little ones excitement at the parcel mountain and sacks and I will even enjoy the cooking and clearing up. Then a bit of a rest before our very special day. Love to all you buddies. I hope that 2018 is a kind year to you all and also to anyone else reading our posts.I saw a post that had been viewed over 900 times so dear friends i hope its a kind year for you too. Love Lily xxxx
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas as I'm sure I won't get on here for a day or so.
I'm also suffering with a sore throat and a bit of a cough, seems lots of people have gone down with some sort of cold recently - let's hope we're all getting over things and able to enjoy our time with family and friends.
Lily, I would imagine the wedding is today? Or maybe yesterday? Whichever it is, or if it's another date, I hope it goes beautifully and the whole family enjoy the celebration.
Hi all, my head is a shed lily, when is the wedding???
is everyone ready for Xmas? Can't believe the shops my head feet and back hurt after supermarket shopping today. Also hoping the last of my order should arrive tomorrow. I feel like I've been wrapping all week lol.
Bronchitis is easing off at last but boy I'm exhausted and feel like someone has stuffed cotton wool into my head and ears lol.
Hope everyone has a lovely Xmas and some extra special treats xxxxx
lots of love lisa x
Hi to everyone, old buddies and new.
I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, enjoy your time with families and friends, watch the little ones opening pressies and generally have a great time.
Love to all, Carole xxx
Hi everyone. It is official there are not enough hours in each day!! I am running on full steam and little sleep and still feel like I am trading water. i think the 3 week cold slowed me up and now a lot of internet shopping is already saying it will arrive after Christmas. Work is crazy but such a lovely place to work at this time of year. Even the toughest cookies break out into a Christmas song or dance when you put the favourite songs on. Lots of goodwill around especially after the snow which they all loved. Some can hardly remember seeing enough to make a snowman and sing frozen haha. I got 2 days off work 🙂 although I had actually driven there before the message came out. Curses. The back bedroom is filling up and difficult to open the door so I must be over half way with my shopping. Of course the wedding is keeping us insanely excited too. I think someone might be pouring prosecco in my coffee I am so excited. Bridey has caught a stomach bug though and shed even more weight and gone a bit too low into the 7s. YD and I are sick with jealousy and want to know why thin people get thinner. Is it like the saying that rich people get richer? We didn't want the bug of course, or her to have it either but she is super gamorous like a model at the moment. I wish! My nicely flared dress and hold everything in pants are expected to do the impossible for me lol. I have been adjusting mini suits as the boys are in suits and waistcoats with little shorts and ties. You could eat them, they are so cute. Then our little pink in her princess dress and little white shoes with daisies all over the straps and her fairy wand!!! Well I think she will be the show stopper. We just ahd bher birthday too so another celebration this weekend and lots of early presents and Pepper Pig cake.
So my apologies for not writing more. Lisa I hope the cold is starting to shift but the one I had was very persistent and kept coming back, so take care and hopefully it will pass quicker. Carole how many days until the family get back? Keep yourself busy planning food and maybe making some things for the freezer. You used to do some lovely needlework too. Anything on the go at the moment? Nicky lovely to have the new bigger family all round this year. How many presents did you buy him??? I bet you went as crazy as I do. Has anyone seen the lovely puddings that are around this year? I am going to struggle to decide which to buy. I got my turkey today and froze it. Pigs in blankets, christmas pud and cakes, stuffing, etc all stored away so far. Have a nice week everyone love Lily xx
Hi ladies and especially Carole, how is everyone doing?
I expect your days are still very empty at the moment Carole but I hope you will soon have YD and Mr P back with you as it's close to Christmas now. That will help I'm sure with trying to move on since poor Heidi went to the big dog playground in the sky. Let us know how things are when you want to, we're all thinking of you.
Lily - when does your school break up? I have no idea about the dates this year for our county but suddenly the Mums/Dads and children stop walking past our windows in the mornings and I realise the holidays have begun! Lisa, how are things at work still? Are you looking for another job at the moment or just sitting it out until something comes your way - like the job your friend has just snagged!
What is everone up to for Christmas this year? We of course have our new grandson who is developing into a lovely cheeky chappy, full of laughs and smiles which is so sweet. Obviously he won't know what it's all about this year but I think the twinkling lights on the tree could prove a bit of a distraction when he gets bored. We are having Christmas at home but a day late as YD is having to work on Christmas Day - that's the restaurant business for you! However it gives us an excuse to string it out for a couple of days rather than just one day and all it means is we've reversed the normal order of things for Chr Day and Boxing Day. I think I have all the pressies sorted - now just the wrapping to be done, and finish the decorating indoors. This hear I definitely have more energy, not being on chemo, and it's lovely not to be going to the hospital (pretty much every week on the last regime) and to try to forget the bloomin' C side of life - for a while at least.
Take care all - and welcome to optimissy who popped in to help Carole the other day - anyone is welcome - we just ramble on so feel free to join in.
Hi all, carole what a lovely photo xxx I know you will be totally lost xxx
m off to bed now, friend left work tonight after 15 years, we've worked together for last 2 been been good friends since she started so had a wee blurb but going to work at local hospice at home so what a fab job, head of income and marketing, bit jeleous lol.
well first day sick in years tomorrow from work but need a rest, thought my chest infection was back but worse as rattling and wheezing but turns out its bronchitis so got inhalerand no sleep lol xxx
night all xxx
Thanks for the welcome Peaock, My goodness, you have known each other a long time! I have had (and had put down) several cats since I lost my lab and as you say, it is still so hard when the time comes, especially when i have tended to have the elderly/ill/unwanted ones that had a poor prognosis and have therefore had fewer years with me before the end. Promised myself "A kitten next time" as was fed up with those horrible trips to the vet, but then I heard about this 8 year old cat that needed a home...... Well she's now 14 and still fit and well (touch wood). I promised myself a lab when I retired and duly put myself on the waiting list for the Labrador Rescue, had my home visit and interview, and sat back to wait and then 6 weeks later got my bc diagnosis so I put it all on hold till i knew what was what. Have recovered really well as I didn't need chemo, and really the only thing stopping me from going back on the list was the old "what if?" scenario, but that is daft, so now I've just had my first annual mammo that was clear so I need to get back in touch with the lab rescue.
I tend not to follow a particular thread, I just try to reassure newbies who have a simlar diagnosis and treatment plan to mine, but felt so sad when i saw your post about Heidi and that there were no replies to it at that point, and remembering how I felt, so popped into your lovely thread.
If I should be lucky enough to get a middle-aged lab (reasoning that eveyone wants puppies, but older dogs are harder to re-home) I will post a pic. Can't post one of my old lady as I had her in the days before digital cameras!
I suspect your cat will be missing Heidi, I think one of my cats at time, the one who used to shove her off her bed, was a bit confused for a while.
Thanks again. All the best. xxxxx
What a lovely couple of photos and I'm sure you will have loads more of them to keep Heidi's memory alive. Take each day as it comes and at least soon you will have family back with you so you're not dealing with all of this on your own. Oh, and we're here of course 😊
ps Jobey68 - are you following me ha ha? Noted another post on the secondaries forum giving advice then found you here! 😉
Carole I'm so sorry to hear you have lost your beloved dog, we lost our retriever at 9 and it's totally heart breaking , still cry for her now but it gets easier in time. We now have a bouncy 3 year old who we got soon after and it was totally the right thing to do especially as I was diagnosed with BC shortly afterwards , she really is our saving Grace! ❤️( her name is Gracie! ) Xx Jo
Hi everyone. Hi Op. Carole she looked adorable and such a big dog to hug and just her size will make you notice her loss more. i know you might not want to think about it for a while but I have always found that the best way for me every time was to have a new og to keep me busy. Do you think you could think about having another yet? I am going to ask Santa to bring you one. Hugs Lily xx
Thank you Optimissy and welcome to our thread. She was lovely, her presence is missed as she was my companion every day for 9 years. Loyal and always here for me. The loss will get better I know, I've been through this with 2 other dogs and a couple of cats, rats and guinea pigs I've had them all in one way or another. But, I think her loss is the worst. Like your lab, our cross lab loved cats and especially kittens. She adored and protected our last 🐈, who is 3 1/2 now. They shared her bed together so I think he may be missing her too, but you never know with felines. They are quite different! Do you have any pets now? If you want to, and can tell us a bit about yourself, we would love to hear what your journey has been. No pressure, we are an easy bunch to chat with. We have known each other on this thread for 9 years now.
It has helped me to talk about her here, I'm sorry if I have gone on too much.
So, what are you all up to? Busy Christmas shopping girls. I think I'm almost done now, just awaiting a couple of amazon deliveries.
Lily, when do you finish for Christmas? I know it is always a difficult time as busy with plays, nativity especially, discos etc. Lisa, how are you spending Christmas? Nicky do you go out for Christmas dinner or are you the chief cook this year?
Thank goodness for WhatsApp so we can video link with our children and grandchildren in UK. It's not the same though and if things were how I wish we would all be together.😕😑😐😯
Have a nice weekend everyone xxxx
Oh what a beauty. My old girl was a black lab too - well, a lab-cross rescue in fact, -but looked mainly like a lab. She had her own bean-bag, but then would be forced to move when boss cat joined her and wriggled about till she was pushed off her own bed. Also a terrible thief re food, which i think is genetic with labs.
You must miss her so much. xxxxxx
Another one so you can see her beautiful face this was taken in September either just before or just after the seizures started
Here she is, silly girl. laying in one of the cat beds!
Thank you all, I know we've all loved and lost a loyal pet. Dogs are such an important part of everyday life with walking and needing a fuss.
Oh Carole, that is so sad and I'm sorry I wasn't there for you. I know how it feels to lose one of our animal friends although a dog is more part of your life, and the way that you live it, than our lovely cats who passed away. It is even worse I think when you have to make the actual decision although in your heart of hearts you will know it was the right one to take. I have had to do it twice with elderly cats and it made me so sad even though I knew it was the right thing to do as they weren't going to make a recovery. Remember the happy times you shared and take time to grieve, it is like losing your best friend so it affects us all.
Thinking of you
Hi, oh no Carole that is so sad. I feel like Heidi has walked with us for a long time through our years of this illness. Obviously sent to look after you when everyone else was away. I think you are right about her health and that even if she had pulled through this time, she would have been straight into more and more serious fits and poor doggy not understanding what was happening to her. Lucky she had you, a kind owner to do the brave thing and put her first. What an empty hole they leave, our lovely pets. I am sorry I did not see this yesterday to reply sooner. Sending you big hugs. Love Lily xx
Thanks Lisa, I know you had to cope with the loss of your Robbie too. Lovely words, I've shared on FB. Xx
Oh Carole, I'm totally lost for words, so sorry I wasn't on last night as ide been away. So much harder when you are on your own too. I know she will be a major loss to you, but I'm sure you knew it was the right thing to do for her to end her pain poor thing, but like you said doesn't end yours. Sending you the biggest hugs possible at this awful time xxxxxxx
Such a loss . You know you did the right thing, but it doesn't make it any easier does it? I'm crying right now for you and also for my old girl, even though it was over 20 years ago when I had to make the same decision as you, after she had had 16 good years. I still miss her. So sorry for how you are feeling right now. xxxx
Thank you Optimissy for your kind thoughts and words.
The vet came this morning to put her to sleep. She was still un responsive and in a sort of coma.
I'm lost for words, just so devastated, she was my best friend, always here for me. Her pain has finished and she is sleeping peacefully now.
My pain however...............
Oh Peacock I've just seen your post - how dreadful for you, and being on your own at this sad time is the pits. It is so sad to see pets suffering and having to make "that" decision about when the time has come. I do hope she is better tomorrow, but it sounds like you are prepared for that brave step that all pet owners have to make at some point. Really sorry you are facing this on your own, but hugs to you from someone who knows what this sort of situation is like. xxx
Hi Lisa hope the film and treats for the children were fun.sounds wonderful wish I could have joined you lol.
I spoke too soon...... during Friday/Saturday night Heidi had a small fit and yesterday seemed normal, happy, tail wagging etc.
I went to the dentist, shortly after I got back she had another fit, slightly worse. An hour after that another fit, only this time it lasted for 1 hour 45 min, during which time I was speaking to the vet and trying to find someone who could help me lift her to the car, at 27 kilos and a dog still fitting, I couldn't do it by myself. The neighbours were phoning around to try to find someone but no one was here. Eventually I managed to find someone and off we went to the vet. They set up drips, took blood and gave her phenol barbitol, valium and kept her hospitalised overnight.
I went to collect her this morning, and, since we have arrived home at 12.30 she has been comatose, or sleeping very deeply. She is too unawake to eat, drink, take her medications and the vet said she couldn't swallow so not to feed her. I've tried to give her valium, disolved in a tiny bit of water but I'm not sure that helped. I have rectal valium but can't work out how to open the glass vials. I am at a desperate stage, I may have to get her back to the vet tomorrow if I can't get her to drink as she will be dehydrating. She is incontinent so I have to mop that up, it's not her fault she doesn't know she is doing it. Fortunately she is in our utility room, so it doesn't really matter. We have a dog flap if she can get up to go out into a small fenced area, but she can't move, doesn't appear to be awake or aware of anything. So, at least she is not in pain.
I am very sad, it's so awful to see and wish I had someone with me. I have questioned putting her to sleep, but, tomorrow she may be better and a bit more responsive. If not, I think her time has come. I question whether such a long fit has caused severe brain damage, and myself I think the seizures are a brain tumour, hence why none of the medications are working.
Sorry to be typing such a negative post, it's so hard, especially not having someone here to help and support.
Hope you all stayed warm today and was not affected by snow . Love Carole xx
Hi everyone, how are you all getting on in this horrible weather. Unexpectedly we woke up to snow and a lot of it. Nobody could move in our road. We had 2 little boys staying so they were very excited but it took some planning to get them back to parents as we had to walk to where they could get to safely. The boys were thrilled to be out in it and pelted grandad with snowballs all the way there. Lucky nanna wasn't considered as much fun and had offered to film this instead ha ha. It was a bit of a nightmare as they are curous little people and we have presents everywhere so I said if you look at one I am throwing it away. They didn't. Well not as far as i am aware! Had a bit of time to do more internet shopping as I couldn't get to visit mum. Luckily my brother is trapped at hers so has to do the lot. Hmmm nice one. Hope you sorted the oven out Nicky, sp annoying not to have taken it out but most of the time they are useless. Did you enjoy having your little one round? How are you getting on with the tablets? Any side effects?
Lisa it must be a big shock Tenerife temperatures to minus figures, so wrap up warm or you will get the usual post holiday cold. Must have been lovely. How is work?
Carole fingers crossed doggy is ok for you. Well who needs the gym before Christmas? It would just get wasted with lovely foods around.Enjoy. Maybe you can visit your little GD in the spring which won't be long.
Sorry I had internet trouble and Victor was away so I didn't know what to do to sort it out. Wifi worked though and I couldn't get my head round it. He was in Cornwall and the hotel told him he had to walk to the top of the hill and stand the other side of the church to be able to ring me on his mob, so he didn't. He said they had quite stormy/windy weather while there. Then I caught a bug while he was away. I managed to soldier on taking tablets but I had a bright red face for 2 days with a temperature and such a sore throat. I am on day 11 now and still coughing, headache almost every day and sinus playing up. Just wondering whether to take another tablet the chemist gave me as had rather bizarre reaction last night and wondered if the drug is related to the one I am not allowed to take now! Just like insects kept landing on me, then got all sweaty but just across my chest, then something odd with my foot.Bit itchy today all over. I wonder whether I dreamt it or it happened lol.I've talked myself out of it reading that back, might try one in the day instead. Better go. Hugs Lily x
Hi all, as ever it's late when I log in and very tired, work is manic but I had a lovely break in Tenerife, it was 24 degrees so lovely warm break as opposed to the ice and snow on cars today. Well I will catch up on Sunday, off to Glasgow tomorrow it's the kids Xmas pressie from me, Harry Potter film with orchastrer and Xmas market and waffle parlour..... brrrh.... mind going to Scotland always remind me of our Val xxxx
well hope everyone is okay and I wanna catch up with gossip at the weekend xxxx
I apologise once again for not keeping up to date as often. I just don't know where the time goes even though I am not working. Doing simple housework takes me a couple of hours and after which I am exhausted.
My battery is about to die so just a quick one.
Nicky how did the sleepover go this time. Lucky you, am jealous our new GD is smiling and gurgling but i've only seen videos and photos so not the same.
Touching wood as I type Heidi has been ok for 2 1/2 weeks now so hopefully she is on the right medication, but as I am alone again who knows........... it always happens.
My gym sessions were cancelled as the machine has broken down. Not sure what is happening now but I might as well wait until after Christmas as nothing is likely to happen before.
Lily, you've been quiet hope everything is ok? Tenerife looked nice and sunny Lisa, a bit different to your weather now I think lol.
Well better get on, have a good weekend everyone, love Carole xx
Its always a busy time of the year for me, what with a lot of birthdays towards the end of the year and then straight into Christmas shopping. I try to do that in stages rather than one huge trip (as I don't have the energy to trawl the shops for hours at a time) so my days get busy and I don't seem to get on here much. I have no idea how I fitted in regular hospital trips last year (and the year before, and the year before......)! Anyway good to hear that the mammon were clear Lily, no more squashed breast for a while! And Carole, it's good to hear a change in medications could be helping with the heart. I know they always check your thyroid activity when assessing atrial fibrillation as that can be one of the causes. Hope you get on with the gym, it will be something that you might really enjoy getting out to do, especially at this time of the year when it's not always easy to get outside for excercise. I can't believe you had snow! We've just had either dull and mild weather to chilly and sunny so it's not been too bad so far. I can sympathise with the possible breakdown of kitchen appliances. I made a huge mistake earlier this year by not renewing the warranty on the combination microwave that is fitted in our kitchen. It was there from the beginning and although I wouldn't have chosen an integrafed one it has been so useful. Anyway, you guessed it the bloody thing has broken. This has been dragging on now for a few weeks with one incompetent 'repairer' ( I use the term very loosely!) whi was hopeless even though they were local and their online info showed they did repair this make of product. I then had to call out a fully authorised repairer who has now told me the spare parts are no longer made and I've now had to order a new one. Ouch they are so expensive, if I'd renewed the warranty I would have had a new one fitted if the old one couldn't be repaired. Not a happy bunny, and I've told OH that in no circumstances is this my Christmas present!
Ive also been seeing our lovely GS who is now at the smiley, laughing stage and for some reason he finds his grandma (I actually call myself glam-ma) very funny so I get lots of laughs and smiles from him. Just as well as he'll be having another sleepover with us next weekend when ED and her hubby have a night away for her birthday. All she actually wants is a good nights sleep - which is quite easy to arrange but very difficult to wrap ha ha.
Have a good week all
Hi everyone, how are you? Lisa I bet the sofa is in your lounge now and all the work finished. I hope you enjoy just being in it after a lot of stress and preparation. A holiday sounds just the thing. Lucky you. Carole how is heidi getting on with the new medication? Hopefully more settled so you don't have to be on red alert too. How is your shopping getting on? i have done quite a bit online too as the partners of my kids all tend to respond to a what would you like for Chrostmas with a 'polite how much.' Followed by an exact image and shop site of what they would like. Saves a lot of time but people don't get the surprises these days do they? Less fun.
Wow I don't know if one of you is about to bounce this but one minute I was replying to Nick's last post and then I was back at page 1 and then reversed the other way! Very confusing.
Nicky thank you for posting! I think we have all slid into read and back to the sofa. Well a lot of good programmes plus cold weather makes it easy to watch tv and get comfy. Needle free sounds lovely and a well deserved rest from the vampires. I have had my mammos and its a 2 weeks wait so hopefully will hear next week some time. Ha ha I forgot you aren't keen on Christmas shopping but surely this year, it is much more fun? Bet you have been in the toy department a few times. Yes we have eds birthday too and now little pink in the same month. Then 2 of the boys early Jan so I double buy for those 4 each year. Gets very confusing at times. All i seem to have said to Victor this week is transfer £x to people to cover things they have seen and bought for me. First smiles lovely then the next thing teeth start arggh. I love the tiny baby stage myslef as you just have so few days when they are helpless and needy and really tiny. Well I love every stage actually except potty training. Yes the wedding is likely to be cold but it is all inside apart from a dash from the car to the venue so hopefully we can manage that without too much wrecked hair. I am trying to persuade md not to bother paying vast amounts for a summer date as its so unreliable in thsi country. Some add £10,000, quite ridiculous as no weather is ever certain. Its looking more likely that we will have another next year. The vaults are creaking at how often i am digging cash out of them. No chance of retiring at this rate. I must book a holiday before Victor realises this. He is busy working on another speech. He has more than his fair share to think of ha ha.
Lisa can I add my hopes too that the floods have not affected anyone you know. i remember when the bridge went and you had to drive miles and miles to get across.
Take care all and get shopping. Love Lily xxx
Hi ladies, how is everyone?
I've just been so busy recently I've not had time to catch up on anything, and defitiely not had the time to login and therefore write anything, oops, must try harder.
Nothing to report other than just getting on with needle-free/hospital-free life which is why I've been so busy. That and getting on with the dreaded Christmas shopping, before it gets too manic in the shops. Plus ED has her birthday of course and now also checking out baby things for the first time in 25 years or so. Little chap is getting on well and smiling and laughing away now which is so nice for the worn out parents. I think a nurse friend of mine said that this all happens around 6 weeks or so for a reason! All those sleepless nights and suddenly you are rewarded with a smile - if it didn't happen it would be such a slog.
So, enough about me, how are you all doing? Hoping the floods didn't affect you, or your family/friends Lisa. I'm not sure exactly where they hit but was aware it was in your neck of the woods - or nearby at any rate. We had a lot of strong winds for a couple of days and now have a spell of frost - or so they say. Last night was pretty chilly as OH and I wandered down to our local pub for something to eat and all the cars on the way back had ice all over them. Enjoy Tenerife Lisa - you lucky thing, a bit of sun at this time of the year is just what's needed, especially as you've said how bad work is at the moment.
Lily, your outfit sounds lovely and a good idea to have a choice of shoes. I did the same for EDs wedding and am glad I did as I don't think my feet would have survived. How exciting to have that to look forward to. We went to a friend's daughter's wedding a few years back in early december and it was so pretty with all the frost - but bloody freezing for the bride and bridesmaids!
Carole, I hope Heidi is not having any more fits and things have calmed down. I don't want you to become more of a drug taking alcoholic that you mentioned ha ha. A tough time of the year `i expect for you as the nights close in and Mr P is away. Is he off for Christmas? Hope he is and you can enjoy some time together, with YD as well if she is around. We don't get to see much of YD these days with her long days at the restaurant but she is really enjoying herself and has definitely chosen her forte. Where it takes her eventually, who knows, but she much prefers chef life to office life which is great. Unfortunately she does have to work on Christmas Day so we will have a delayed one this year and have our turkey on Boxing Day instead which we are all quite happy to do.
Well, that's me for now, have a good weekend.
nice weekend. Lisa hope you feel better soon and the holiday will definitely cheer you up. You never take the easy route with decorating do you! I bet you are thrilled when it is all sone though. What colours and style have you picked? I still love my new bedroom every time I walk in the room and it does make me want to do more rooms but so expensive if you chuck everything. I only have to walk through a shop like Next home and I want to throw everything away and start on a new colour theme! Oh I am sorry work is grim. Is it staff going or new staff changing everything? Well remind me never to share with you either then lol. The sales of pjs must have hit an all time low ha ha. I think nudists scare me a bit. I really must complete my outfit now you have reminded me. It sa cream silk dress with floral sections on it. I think it looks like a vintage tea dress. really lovely fabric to wear, plain top and flared slightly as it goes through the skirt section. Jack Vert fancy jacket in a pale shade that changes according to what you wear. With the cream of the dress it looks very slighly peach. Its odd because the bag does the same and its sparkly but not bright shiny, more matt so it picks the colour up again. The personal shopper sorted jewellery out with a long string of pearls ties in a knot which apparently changes my body shape completely. Who knew this could happen ha ha. Maybe I should sleep in pearls 🙂 Again they have a hint of colour rather than traditional shade. I couldn't find any shoes in the right shade so have gold sandals with little straps that wrap around the ankle and a slightly square heel so i can walk sensibly. Then gold flatties for dancing. Still not sure whether to have hair up or down and ed has dared me to be indecisive on the day as the hairdresser has a lot of us to sort out. My hair is really long now so too many choices. I need to put it all on and ask the girls which looks best. I have a second and a third dress but trying not to get distracted by them. Christmas and the wedding all far too exciting in one week. Today md has come in and announced she has found her dream venue!! Then she siad she had time for another baby before the wedding, so no idea what they are all up to. How much fun is being young! Well better stop talking and see the end of jungle. Are you watching? Love Lily xx
Hi all, I'm back, well in a fashion. Lovely to catch up on gossip although no much to tell on my part.LILY.....how on earth can someone share with a stranger starkers.... I love sleeping au natural but wouldn't dream of it with others. Oh please tell re wedding outfit too.
carol, sounds so awful re heidi, it's so awful as they can't tell you how bad they feel xx
nicky, how you doing? I couldn't find your masterpiece in paper ..????
nothing much to report here, work in dire I could cry it's so sad but sure it will all come out in the wash. I'm also mid living room decoration, so have a carpet and nothing else, sofa landing on Monday can't wait.... on antibiotics as got a chest infection so hope it disappears before a week tomorrow as heading off to Tenerife doe 5 nights 😍😍😍😍😍
oh Carole I really hate animal illnesses because they are so expensive but you never quite know what to do. i think vets pedal out tablets far quicker for pets than a dr would for us! Is she insured as a scan will be a substantial cost on top of the tablets. The poo as well as the bills, oh yuk poor you. Typical that no-one else is there to share the cleaning either. Is she quite old now or can you hope to see her through a few more years ? I feel like I have known about her for a long time, from our other thread too. What a shame and she must wonder what is going on. My mum's friend's dog has had major fits since having its first rabies shot to travel in Europe.I will see if I can find out what drug they take here as she is really pleased with his progress. Hope you can catch up on some sleep tonight.
What is it with all you nudists? I am a sleepwalker so best I keep it all neatly tucked in ha ha. My insomnia is very handy for late nights as I don't really feel tired very often at all, I would be a great night watchperson. Well the blood test was not for me. i found this out after sending Victor to collect it and the receptionist not knowing what he was talking about. He will never go for me again! It was for one of my relatives but sent to my mobile we eventually found out?? So I am not having one. The wedding is just after Christmas and with md getting excited too I think we will have another one next year. The savings are going to take a big dip. I hope things sort out Carole, such a worry with our lovely pets, especially when you are on your own.
Well i could not believe that there was a Christmas song on the radio today and Christmas lights had appeared around our local shops. I thought it was a bit early really. I have actually bought quite a few presents already. 3 of my littles plus my son have birthdays less than a month from xmas, so I just buy everything I see and think they would like and then split the presents between the 2 events. So far its football team shirts ouch that was a nasty bill. Then ninja turtles and super heros galore and dressing up outfitts. That was good fun to buy but I also like to look for some decent books. Its tricky once they start reading as not many give an indication of age and I too usually shop online for them. Little chap who i should rename big chap really is an adult ability reader but he loves the David Walliams style joke books so I find it hard to choose a set. He reads a book in a day if he likes them so always has to be a set. I think md will kill me if I ever buy him anothe Ripleys believe it or not annual as he told her everything he read apparently ha ha. Well better buzz off. Take care all love Lily xx
Lily the hen night sounds way too frantic for my liking but I’m glad you enjoyed it. How do you sleep with a stranger who is naked???? I have no idea. I sleep naked at home but when anywhere else always with a long t shirt. Did she comment on you snoring? Lol Did you find out why you need to have a blood test? Probably just routine so don’t worry. It sounds like you are getting pretty ready for the wedding, am I right in thinking it is just before Christmas? I like the idea of dried petals as confetti; they probably make more mess than the real stuff. I do have my appointment for a mammo and scan at the end of December.
Lisa how are you feeling now? Is work sorting itself out? What’s the new sofa like?
Nicky, the heart ECG just shows I have an “extremely variable heart beat” but apart from the beta blockers there is no other treatment. Yes it would be difficult for me to do a breast exam as I have no idea which part of the breast is actually breast. Congratulations on passing the sleepover test lol. I hope your heart check-up goes well please let us know.
I have had a pretty bad week, not with myself (although it does give me anxiety) but with Heidi. Firstly most nights last week she needed to go out to the loo every night, so was getting me up to let her out. Then when she came back inside she was restless and pacing around so that was disturbing me too. Last Friday night she had another seizure, and then in the early hours of Saturday morning she had another one, a really bad one which caused her to pant, become incredibly disorientated and again pacing about. I took her into the bedroom for her safety as she was banging into things in the lounge but she still wouldn’t settle, eventually after a couple of hours the smell hit me as she had gone to the toilet in our bathroom and because of pacing it was trod all around! So at 4 am I had to clean up. Then I put her into our utility room where I couldn’t really hear her. She had gone to the toilet again through the rest of the night; goodness knows where it all came from. So on Monday after an exhausting weekend I phoned the vet who agreed that her seizure pills were obviously not working and needed to be changed. Through the night Monday and Tuesday I had to get up and let her out. She has always been such a clean girl so this behaviour is very unusual.
She started her new tablets on Weds evening and they have just hit her for six. She has trouble standing up and keeping on her feet, yesterday she didn’t eat anything and barely drank. Apparently after a severe fit it can take a week for the brain to adjust and as she had 4 fits in less than a week I think this must have really knocked her out. It might take about a week for her to adjust to the new tablets. If she continues to have fits on these, the vet suggests a brain scan to check for a tumour. So we hope these new crème da la crème tablets will work, they should do as we need a second mortgage to pay for them!!!
So what with my own health issues and hers, plus a Frank Bruno of a cat that keeps fighting and Mr P has been away through all of this I’ve turned into a drug taking alcoholic.
I’ve started Christmas buying, well mostly on line so far but it’s a start. That’s it from me for now, have a good weekend everyone and stay warm Love Carole xx
Hi everyone, how are you? Well I have the dreaded big squeeze tomorrow, well 4 of them from memory so keep your fingers crossed they find nothing more than fat and boobs. Well we are building up to frenzy mode for the wedding although it is after Christmas so there are a lot of klittle people scanning the toy adverts and catalogues for latest pressie lists. So wedding fever may have to wait a bit. I have my outfit after visiting the personal shopper for some colour advice but I need to try it on again really. I have 3 pairs of shoes and the hotel room booked so that's my comfort sorted out. Apparently the in thing is to give guests confetti which doesn't look like confetti as I remember it, so we have been packing little bags with little dried flowers and something? There is enough to keep them hoovering for a week! I still need to decide on hair down or up. I quite like a high bun as it makes me taller and goodness knows I need it as Victor is a giant in comparison. Victor as usual is in the wedding party so just have to be measured and no decisions needed. He is still thinking about his speech. The whole event is under one roof so apart from a dash into the building if it rains, we don't have to worry much about the temperature. One less thing to decide. We have a house/dog sitter so we don't have to worry about anything and can have a big family breakfast the next morning too. If my son gets on hunted I will be sending him to visit you lol. How are you getting on with your tablets? Which one is is it? i think I have asked, so sorry if a repeat. Carole can I addmy best wishes that nothing wrong. Do you have a mammo appoitment yet? Lisa get well soon. Love Lily x
Hi all, back from a few days in Glasgow and loaded with awful cough so off to try for some sleep, can't wait to read all the antics tomorrow when eyes are open xxxxx
Sorry for the long lack of responses but a busy time at the moment so I don't get time to be on here as much as usual.
Well, that sounds like some weekend Lily! Glad you got to know your room mate so well also ha ha. I'm sure you all had a great time though, hopefully no sore heads and now full steam ahead for the wedding, when is it? Have you got everything you need to be the MotB? Presumably it's fairly soon so will be a winter, or cold, wedding. In some ways that's easier to plan for than a supposedly summer wedding where the weather can be so disappointing and can ruin the days plans. With a winter wedding any nice weather is treated as a bonus. Hope work is going OK and you're now in the run up to Christmas which is always one of the better terms, whatever the age of the children. Yes, we did watch celebrity Hunted. I think they weren't hunted quite so hard as the normal series as they were doing it for cancer but it was very entertaining as well as raising funds. I think some of them came out of it really well, far better at avoiding capture than you would have thought if them. We've enjoyed the previous two series so I think anyone going on it now, say your son, would know what they are up against - he'd better delete all his online activity now!! The first series they had no idea what they were up against.
Carole, hope the heart echo came back with some information to help you, either as a positive or negative at least you might be able to understand the underlying problem. It's very frustrating to not know what is causing things such as breathlessness etc. I understand your anger at not having routine mammograms and being missed off the list but we often pick up the lumps ourselves a,though this would be more difficult in your case I suppose, so feel free to rant on here.
Lisa, how are things at work now? Have they calmed down or is it just getting worse? Not nice to be stuck in the middle of it all. Is the decorating all done now? At least if it is, and the sofa is delivered, you will at least have some calm at home.
Anyway no real news from me. Been babysitting GS on and off, including his first sleepover which went well enough for them to let him stay again ha ha. If only he'd been upset all night and out of his routine I may not have been asked again. Off fo heart check up soon, I'm not expecting any surprises, but that's when they get you, yikes.
Hi everyone, are you all finding the mornings dark and chilly? Or are you going to make me jealous by saying you snuggle in bed and don't get up!! Scrapping the chair and defogging has to be the most mind numbing job ever to start the day, not to speak of freezing cold doing it. My eyes don't like the headlights coming toward you in the dark and really ache so I am trying to get home before the light goes. Down to age I am sure, booo. Well I had the most exciting weekend I can remember really with fantastic company. There was the spa. I was hesitant but eventually decided I was brave enough to appear in a costume even though i have to admit I jumped in a lot quicker than I would prefer to submerge myself and hide. ha ha. Talked myself into the fact that no-one would even know I was there with so many young beautiful people around. I wonder how they stay so slim these days after babies. Good for them. Afternoon tea with champers. Then a long leisurely time to get ready or just relax in your room, all of which were upgraded and some of the rooms were suites. Not mine but it was a family size room! Then a night out around Covent Garden, first a big bar and then somewhere we had dinner, watched an excellent but deafeningly loud band and then it become a club until just after 4am. It was really popular and packed so a great atmosphere. We had fishbowls of cocktails with giant straws for everyone to use, so no saying really how much went down your throat haha. Drinks were very expensive but you don't seem to worry after you get way down the fish bowl !!! So a good time was had by all and we staggered off back to the hotel about 2.30 leaving md and our lodger to carry on until 4 as they are clearly more competent fishbowlers than the rest of us. I just volunteered to carry their giant heels back and they bought flipflops somewhere, got lost coming back and woke up to find they had ordered room service and their whole room stunnk of chips and garlic bread. Not so good after a night out. I provided paracetamol to all suffering next day. I couldn't sleep hardly at all as I was sharing with someone I didn't know well, so was worried I would snore. I also didn't know they still like to sleep naked even if they don't know the person well. Where do you look? I choose the ceiling and had crazy neck ache ha ha. We bought bridey lots of pressies like bride pjs and a silk bride dressing gown and undies and all the usuals. Willy straws and all the usual things that cause hilarity. One of our tinies had insisted he opened the parcels beforehand and guess which he opened. Yes the funny shaped pens lol. Well better buzz off. Carole you are very welcome and I am happy if I helped in any small way. I have now been sent a text from the gp saying I must have a blood test. What is that about? I thought I resigned my position as pin cushion grrrrr. Haven't bothered to ring to find out more. Also offered me a health test and i don't want that either. Getting rebellious in my old age. Take care all. Lisa hope the ceiling is back soon. I still can't work out which room it is?? Nicky how are you finding the tablets? Hope side effects not too annoying. Love Lily xxx
Hi all, Nicky hope you are well x carole that is awful, I had a skin sparing one and hadn't heard of a tissue one but that is awful but listen to doctor Lily xxx lily must spill beans on your weekend please.
sorry not been around much work is going from bad to worse and awful atmosphere and come home every night to decoratings I'm currently sitting on a curtain with fee on floor board is totally white room but wifi back on but no tv. Lots of paint in. Olous to go on and everything else before sofa comes next week.
catch up tomorrow xxx
Hi to all
Just want to say a big thank you to Lily, you always know exactly what to say and when to say it. I'm feeling less angry now, my mammogram and ultrasound has been booked for end of December, still a while to wait but if there are any cancellations they will fit me in. After 5 years another few weeks won't matter. What a very horrible experience for you and your Dad in a Spanish hospital, I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I am looking forward to hearing about your weekend, and really thank you for thinking of me when you had so much to think of yourself. Enjoy your sleep!
YD went back to Lyon today and at Christmas we will only see her for a week as she is off to Prague for her birthday week. I seem to recall we all have family birthdays around Christmas and in January, when I will be having a "big" one. Nothing planned for that at the moment but maybe we might visit somewhere exotic later in the year.
I had my ECG results today, it says I do have "a very variable" heart rhythm, and I should continue with the beta blockers I'm on for now.
Has anyone been watching Louis Theroux? I find his documentaries fascinating.
I hope you all had a great weekend, and have survived all the fireworks without too much of a bang lol
Take care all love Carole xxx
Hi just a quick reply to Carole mainly. You know the rules, you can moan as much as you like on here. You just have to know you are never in this alone and will always have friends who understand, ready to listen and support you. You do have to stay a bit calm because not having a mammo for 5 years is an appalling mistake to make but that doesn't make you any more at risk than if you had them. That ones down to fate/luck and everything else that is a factor like genes. I read that recent report about the number of new genes they have found, with trepidation but I don't think much will happen quickly from it. Maybe it will help future generations.I think the new data has come from the huge Cambridge research project that I signed up for. Its was in the daily mail I believe, someone cut the report out to show me. Hmmmm thanks. My mammo is int he next 2 weeks and I am equally jittery about mine. So if I tell you to calm down and not think the worst, you can say the same to me. Then we can both be sensible. It sound slike your daughter's furue career plan will be very useful for you too. What a lovely thing to do to help others. The Spanish translator said my dad died on holiday of cystic fibrosis depsite being way beyond the age anyone lives to with that horrible condition. They need good people on the job as we had to endure a 2nd inquest and 2nd post mortem because of that error.
I am going to finish now as I am actually tired for the first time since I don't know when after very little sleep this weekend. It was fantastic, tell you more another time. Chin up Carole, keep calm and carry on love Lily xx
Hello to all, once again I’m so sorry for missing a few posts; I will try to catch up now.
Lily, that will be nice if your son manages a stint on Celebrity Hunted. I haven’t watched it yet but have it recorded. Can I ask him for an autograph now just in case lol? Yes the SUTC programmes can be very sad, although some had some good stories. I will elaborate on the mammo issue later! No doubt you are busy tonight as I write with the hen do enjoy your Prosecco trial and have a glass or two for me! I love it! I hope tomorrow you do not have a headache lol. Which hotel in London, are you allowed to say? When is the wedding?
Lisa, so sorry to hear about your stress issues at work, I know how much you (used) to enjoy your job. Have you had a toy around at looking for something else? Sometimes when work becomes unenjoyable maybe it’s time to change. How is the jewellery thing going? Is your Mam ok now? Good luck with getting the new ceiling.
Blimey Nicky your T&T sounded a bit scary! It would be fantastic to see you if you are near for the wedding and you are very welcome to more than a cuppa!! YD is doing very well at Lyon University which is around 5 hours from home, she gets home for holidays but sometimes only for a few days. She is studying languages, mostly translation between French/English and English/French. She was doing Chinese for the last 3 years but has now branched into medical translating, specialising in pharmaceutical translations. She is busy looking for a work placement for a few months next year to finish her Master’s degree, so is applying to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, private clinics and the like. It’s hard as there are plenty of students but not enough placements. Hopefully, fingers crossed because her first language is English and she is bilingual French she may stand out above some others. Thank you for asking after her. Mr P is fine; he has been home for 2 weeks and on Tuesday leaves for 2 weeks away. Time goes so quickly.
It’s fantastic news that your BC is stable, long may the hormone treatment continue to keep it that way. It’s also good news about the liver and bone stability. I bet you can’t wait for the sleepover. Isn’t it lovely when they smile, our GD is also smiling and I do miss her so much I’ve only seen it on video so far. Enjoy the fireworks.
My health news now, better sit down it’s a bit boring! Saw the Onc on Thursday. He had a go at me for gaining 5 k in weight since April. He asked if I exercised and if I had a personal trainer (does he think I am rich?). I explained that for several months I hadn’t been feeling very good, as in tired, irregular heart, palpitations, breathless, dizzy, feel like I’m going to fall over all the time and the rest, which had been put down to Thyroxine tablets and the change in composition back in March. He disagreed with this (even though 2 other doctors had told me) and then asked when I had had my last Mammo. I explained it had been 5 years ago before my last mastectomy in 2012 as he had told me each visit I didn’t need one, as I had no breast tissue. Then on Thursday he told me I should’ve had mammos every year for the last 5 years as I DID still have breast tissue in the left breast with a tissue conserving mastectomy!!! I was disgusted at his mistake, which he admitted so imagine my horror at this news. Now I am waiting for a mammo appointment.
As for the heart ECG, I am still waiting for the results so this week I will be chasing that up as every doctor I’ve seen recently tells me how irregular my heart beat is. Even the Opthalmologist told me that the reason my vision could be playing up is because my blood isn’t pumping properly!
I’m so sorry this has all been me moaning about me! Have lovely weekend’s girls and enjoy everything you do. Love Carole xxx
Hi everyone, how are you all? Caro;e have you any news from your appointment, I was waiting to hear an update from seeing the onc as well as the other tests. Hope things are progressing as we would hope. I know you are a bit tricky with a number of health issue to juggle, so a lot to think about and get checked. Lisa horrible to have job cuts and now a take over? How will that affect you and your job? Well regading the house, you never do the quick job so I am not surprised when the whole ceiling came down! I couldn't work out what room it was? Is it looking bette rnow or are you taking all the plaster off too lol.
Nicky that is a fab reason for not being able to go on the trial. I hope it made you smile, it did me. Also super fab to have a bit of time on just hormone tablets. I know they have their side effects but pretty nice compared to old public poisoning. Hope you have a good long spell on these.One met, how cool is that. They have come a long way with their liver treatments, thankfully. I have been watching the stand up to cancer programmes and love the fact that celebs put themselves out and often seem genuinely affected by the sad stories they tell us. I loved celebrity hunted, did you watch it? My son has written to go on the show but I hope they never call him as I don't think I could cope with the stress. Also watched celeb gogglebox tonight. Yes I know the logical view on mammos but I bloody hate them. My scar tissue stings like 100 bees on one spot. Heaven help her if she needs 2 goes at it. That's without the what ifs it creates in your head each time. Which tablet are you on this time? Can you back on our originals or do you always move on to another? I have lost track of any new ones released. Its party weekend this week as its ed's hen do, I am very excited and looking forward to my weekend in a big London hotel and spa. Having a bit of a crisis about what to wear though as not many oldies going. I have to share with someone who I really like but have only met a few times, so a bit of stress about that and how it might be. I wondered what to do, thought of Lisa and decided to see if the prosecco cure would resolve my worries 🙂 I hear its good. Well better buzz off and get packed. I have hidden the price label of the top I bought as it was a bit frivolous but I liked how it looked so there was no going back after that! I don't buy many expensive things as they get easily wrecked at work, chewing gum city !! See you soon. Take care and enjoy the lovely autumn colours we have around at the moment. Love Lily xx
Lisa, I hope the job situation, or should I be saying the situation at work, improves. It all sounds a bit topsy turvy for you which must be awful as you enjoyed working with your old boss for so long. Enjoying going to work is a good thing but when all of that is taken away it just becomes a chore doesnt it? Well, at least the weekend is just about here so you can have a breather - and a new ceiling!
Lily - we had quite a few trick or treaters as well and just about ran out of treats! Some of them had made a real effort not just with costumes but had had their faces painted as well, lots of very pretty witches! It was a bit worrying though when I looked out of our front door straight into the faces of two trick or treaters who were way too old for it - basically late teens I'd say. Both chaps and one with a full face gas mask on and the other with a halloween mask on, hmmmm, I wanted to get rid of them quickly! Good luck with the mammo, it's good to keep being checked generally rather than because you have had BC but unnerving as it reminds you of how things can start, apart from the fact it is bloody uncomfortable!
Carole, how are things for you, both health wise and general living? Is the weather closing in at all? We have had a few chilly nights but still fairly mild and some sunny days which makes things feel better. How is YD doing with her current course? Sorry cant quite remember where she is and what she's studying! Does she get back to visit at all or is it a different structure to her term time now? How is Mr P and his job? Hope he is back soon, or has been back recently, as it must make a huge difference to have him there. Ohhh, you've started the holiday talk off for next year - its usually Lisa! We would also like to plan a trip further afield but we will have to wait until the next scan to see if we can book something without wasting money on cancellations or changes. Also, I will update you nearer the time but we could be in your neck of the woods next year for a wedding! I'll pop in for a cuppa if we are ha ha.
So, my update. I saw oncologist yesterday and we were both saying why had I not had my referral yet. Worryingly he said the last time his secretary chased them up they said there were no trials available for me, gulp. Anyway he got his secretary to phone The M and they repeated that there were no trials and I should have had a phone call from them to tell me! She then spoke with one of the research nurses who explained. The reason there are no trials - at present - is because my BC is stable (and in fact has regressed) and there has to be progression to meet the criteria of starting a trial. At least I know now why there none at present that I can be screened for. So, for now I remain on the hormone tablet that I have already started and keep up with the 3 monthly scans. At the first sign of progression I will be referred (again!) and be able to go on a suitable trial based on what is available at the time. I am happy with the decision, it is nice to give my body a break from constant chemo and I have confidence in hormonal treatment as I have responded well in the past. My liver mets (or 'met' as it now is) are also much smaller than a year ago when all this kicked off, plus bones have remained stable for a long time now. I am sure Dr Lily will have some questions and I'm happy to answer them ;-).
Well, thats the medical update. Other updates include GS doing very well and smiling at those he knows - including his Glam-ma (ha ha). We are due his first sleepover in a week or so as his Mum and Dad are out for a late night which was planned a long time ago (a wedding reception) so I had better get a few good nights sleep in beforehand as he still wakes up in the night for a feed, although gradually going a bit longer which is good for his M and D.
Anyway, have a good weekend all, sorry if I've missed anyone's news out. Off to a fireworks party tonight and will try to oooh and ahhhh over the weekend as well when there will be plenty of fireworks around - I love them 🙂