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Post by Kitkat on 26th March 2011, 00:18

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Post by Stardust on 26th April 2011, 13:38

At the beginning of course.



A wee dram to celebrate the inauguration of your new blog and inspire you, Kit-Kat. alien



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Post by Kitkat on 26th April 2011, 18:37

Well ... got the 'all clear' today. No new tumours anywhere and no spread to the bone. No more appointments for 6 months. :bounce: I suppose that's as good a start as any. flower
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Post by Stardust on 27th April 2011, 07:54

Another reason to raise our glasses then.



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Post by Kitkat on 6th August 2011, 18:34

The view from my window this morning. There was a wedding in the church across the road where I live. I'm sure I wouldn't lose money on betting that either the bride or groom or both had something to do with London Transport. The wedding car was a black taxi all decorated up, a few more black cabs parked inside in the grounds and sat outside on the road was one of those old double-decker buses - a real antique just like the one in the Cliff Richard film 'Summer Holiday', the transport for most of the wedding guests, it was causing chaos with the traffic outside as it was parked quite dangerously on the bend in the road.
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Post by Stardust on 8th August 2011, 14:07

That would have spoiled their wedding day, if there'd been an accident.

Black cab driver marries bus driver; they live happily ever after and have lots of little mini cabs running around.




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Post by Kitkat on 8th August 2011, 23:50

@Stardust wrote:they live happily ever after

Well not quite ... their happy timetable starts going down the tube when the kids start playing on the wrong side of the tracks and end up going off the rails.
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Post by Stardust on 9th August 2011, 09:05

Oops, sounds like experience talking.
Perhaps people are happier 'living in sin', then there's less pressure and they don't feel trapped?
Could be a good debate in there...



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Post by Kitkat on 9th August 2011, 13:30

@Stardust wrote:Oops, sounds like experience talking.

Not really, Stardust. I was trying to be humorous there ... keeping in line with the 'London Transport' theme (tube? timetable? tracks? .... rails? ). geek Oh well ....
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Post by Stardust on 10th August 2011, 09:59

Hey, I hadn't missed that at all, KitKat, in fact I was wide-eyed in admiration for your skill.
Sorry I didn't say so, but I'm saying it now. The humour was much appreciated.
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Post by Kitkat on 23rd October 2011, 18:36

Still on the London Transport theme ... had a very enjoyable day
yesterday. Met up with my cousin for a late breakfast in the Waterside
Café, floating barge permanently moored on the Canal in the heart of
Little Venice, which some of the Spiritlove forum members will remember
from one of our Meet-ups, as this is where we had gathered before
heading off on our boat trip down to Camden Lock.


This has become my favourite meeting place now. The constant stream of
tourists, cyclists, dog walkers and passing barges doesn't detract one
bit from the peaceful, relaxing beauty of the place.

The Waterside Café serves a lovely selection of reasonably priced food and
their All Day Breakfasts offer something for everyone. It really is the
perfect setting, looking out over the water onto weeping willowed
Brownings Island, a small island in the centre where the ducks, swans,
herons, coots and other wildife congregate - all lit up at night-time,
such a pretty sight to behold.

The name 'Little Venice' is believed to have been coined by the
poet Robert Browning who lived there from 1862 to 1887. Browning's Pool
is named after the poet, and is the junction of Regents Canal and the
Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal.

After breakfast we decided to take a leisurely stroll down the towpath
of the Grand Union Canal - a part I had not explored before, though many
times I have walked the trip down the Regents Canal towards Camden
Lock.

What a discovery! In less than five minutes strolling along the towpath
we found some lovely canalside restaurants and a footbridge which took
us straight into Paddington Station! lol - the meet-up venue for the
most recent Spiritlove Meet-up. (Wish I'd known about this before our
meet-up). Also along the way just before the footbridge is a completely
new (to me) area of pleasantly designed office blocks, with a little
square in the middle, with a Sainsburys, Starbucks, Monsoon and other
shops of interest, all just within a couple of steps of the Canal. This
we discovered is the headquarters of Crossrail -and this development
has been built around and in anticipation of a new railway station,
Paddington Central (or Paddington Basin maybe) - the platforms are still
under construction but almost ready from what we saw. No doubt this
will be all finished and up and running in time for the Olympics.
How wonderful to arrive in the heart of London without having battled
through the usual noisy traffic jams, fumes and general hustle and
bustle of the capital. I'm so chuffed with my new discovery. Very Happy
We finished up our pleasant walk with a nice glass of Guinness in one of the canalside pubs, The Union.
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Post by Feather on 23rd October 2011, 23:00

I remember Little Venice very well. I had my photo taken at the table where we had our coffee or cold drinks.
It seems a long time ago now especially with the wind howling round the house here.



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Post by Kitkat on 10th November 2011, 21:32

Mixture of good news   and yukky    (isn't it always the way) ...

Really excited and looking forward to seeing my niece and her lovely fella - coming over from Holland for just the weekend.  They are booked up to go see Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan in Leicester Square, and will be staying over with me from the Friday (18th), heading back on the Sunday (20th).

Letter today from the hospital giving awaited appointment date for MRI Scan (trying to discover the reason for the chronic pain I've been enduring constantly now for about 4 months).  The appointment has been fixed for a Saturday(!) and (Sod's Law) Saturday the 19th.  Out of all the flamin' days/weekends in the year ... they had to go and choose that one.   Humph!  Not a happy bappy.
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Post by Feather on 10th November 2011, 22:03

Sorry you still have pain, kk. It tires the life out of you when it goes on for too long. I've had back pain for months as well. I'm told it's sciatica. It's at my left side mainly and goes right down to my thigh. Good luck with the scan. xxx.



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Post by Kitkat on 10th November 2011, 22:29

@Feather wrote:Sorry you still have pain, kk. It tires the life out of you when it goes on for too long. I've had back pain for months as well. I'm told it's sciatica. It's at my left side mainly and goes right down to my thigh. Good luck with the scan. xxx.

Ooh Feather, not very nice for you - sciatica is supposed to be very painful.
The pain that I'm getting is the same excruciating pain and in the same area as I experienced when I woke up in the recovery room after what should have been just a routine exploratory op (not the last one I had, this was one before ... checking for cancer spread, which proved okay) BUT I've never experienced such dreadful pain in my life before, and my pain tolerance level is pretty high. It was coming in waves and was like a band of pain right around my body. I was actually crying out with it and wriggling and writhing down the bed. I was hooked up to a drip thing and they kept going to it and changing whatever sort of mixture it was that was in it. Flapping all over the place, nurses, doctors, sisters. I remember the sister (matron they used to call them) asking me at one stage "how is the pain now?" and I said oh, I haven't had any since you last asked. She said "oh that's good ... it's been a whole 10 minutes since then" - and in fact I didn't feel any more after that. Drugged up I guess. .... until it started again ... a few weeks after the op. Remember, I had it to a certain extent when we were at Bath. It's there in the background now all the time but flares up (the band) from time to time and doesn't seem to be going away, but actually getting worse. I'm kept awake with it - can't find any comfortable position at all, and mornings are absolute hell ... first trying to get out of bed. Feel as if I've aged 10 years since I last saw you.
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Post by Kitkat on 19th November 2011, 12:58

Just back home. MRI was horrendous! One hour stuck in this claustrophobic tube. First half hour not so bad as had a pillow under my knees and they were concentrating on top half (spine). Strap around my head to stop it moving and massive earplugs to drown out some of the noise (beeps, whirrs, bangs, all sorts). Then bed/table was slid out of the tube and had to change position. Easier said than done. Oh man ... what a pallava that was. Every tiny little movement, even twitch of a finger caused the most excrutiating pain (in my lower back & pelvic area). Eventually got there and this time the strap had to go around my hips as they concentrating on the lower area (where the pain is). No pillow this time, had to lie totally flat and absolutely still for 25 minutes inside the wretched tube. Table eventually slid back out and it came for me to get off the table. A further 15/20 mins trying to do just that! I was literally crying out with the searing pain and with every movement, locking the pain in. Same thing happened when got home and tried to get out of the car. Eventually managed to hobble indoors and now I've got my handy Mister Grabbit with me permanently going around the house. Doubles up as a walking stick. Thank goodness it's Saturday, and lucky for me my niece and bf still here also. They in the kitchen right now cooking up some kind of surprise Greek meal. Yesterday they made Moroccan tajeen with couscous.

Right now I don't have to move from my position here at the computer, with all the important things to hand around me - phone, TV remote control, cat, moby, cuppas on call. Happy as a bug in a rug (ish). So, I'm getting stuck into my latest project ... creating a Family Album website that all the branches of the family scattered throughout the world can share and contribute to. The aim is to have photos (old, current and new), various personal diaries, family history, a diary to record events, birthdays and such, resulting in hopefully and treasured little memento for future generations to cherish. I've already started the skeleton and putting some touches to the design. It's not going to be open to the public, totally private to family members to share amongst ourselves. Ah, the wonders of the net.
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Post by Feather on 19th November 2011, 13:16

Sounds an awful experience, kk. How long to wait for results this time?



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Post by Kitkat on 19th November 2011, 13:19

@Feather wrote:How long to wait for results this time?

My appointment with Consultant (Oncology Team) is on 20th December. They are the referring docs, so won't know results till then I guess.
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Post by Kitkat on 26th December 2011, 23:59

In short, the MRI Scan showed that the cyst is still there on one of my ovaries - that was the reason for the hysteroscopy procedure.  Woke up from that op with the most excrutiating pains. They told me after that op that there was nothing found!  They don't think the cyst is cancerous but repeat Ultrasound hs been arranged for 17th January just to make sure.
Enduring the MRI itself was sheer hell physically and really exacerbated the pain.  The second one last Friday was much shorter - about 15 minutes, and I had the support pillow under my knees this time - but the pain was just as bad when it was over and an excruciating ordeal trying to get down off the bed afterwards and for 2 or 3 hours afterwards.  The journey home from there that day was sheer hell.

Well it wasn't long after that hysteroscopy op I started getting the awful constant pain that I'm experiencing now.  My suspicions have always been that it was the op itself that started it .. and now I think this idea is only starting to dawn on them also, hence all the sudden emergency checks.  
MRI also showed there is a "suspected infection" on one of my discs... so a further 'emergency' MRI Scan was arranged which I had last Friday.  I await appointment date back with my Oncologist which he said would be early in January, just as soon as all the results are with him, the MRI and the other 'emergency blood tests' that I had to have done at last Friday's appointment.
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Post by Kitkat on 27th December 2011, 00:01

Last night for me has got to be the worst ever ... so far. It was the pain woke me up - about 2.30. Was just sooo much I just had to get out of the bed, that in itself was a struggle and a half. At one stage I
thought I was going to be trapped there for ever, I literally could not move a fraction of an inch without this horrendous searing sharp pain.

Managed to get out of the bed eventually and travel to the kitchen (with some difficulty but with the help of the walking stick which I keep by the bed at all times now). Just as before, the actual physical
position needed for the second MRI scan on Friday has really exacerbated the pain. Took some more painkillers (had to force down some bread and butter first as these have to be taken with food) but didn't seem to help much. I just sat up for hours - alternating between reading, flicking through the TV channels - anything to distract... everything has to be done in a straight line ... any kind of movement that involves turning just in the slightest or stretching out a leg or arm (like reaching to open a door etc) would set off the bolting pain. I was so tired but so reluctant to go back that torture chamber of a bed.
Eventually crawled back in there at 6.30 this morning and must have slept straight away because didn't remember anything until 12.30 today when I crawled out of bed. More painkillers and after about an hour it eases off. (Also having to visit the loo frequently - which is indicative of infection).

Lucky no work today. Running short of painkillers again, so I will go to the docs tomorrow - hopefully they will be open, get some more and ask if maybe they can give me some antibiotics or something.
Last visit there they couldn't really prescribe anything other than painkillers till the results of the MRI were available to them. Course there's the second emergency MRI results to come yet which may not be
through, but either way whatever it is, is getting worse as time goes on.
It also means that this ultrasound thingy appointment fixed for the 17th Jan (which is a repeat of a procedure done last year so I know what to expect) - I literally physically won't be able to go through with this because of the position I would have to take up - lying on my back etc. The only way I could endure this would be for them to give me something to knock me out.

There's bleeding today as well - which is the situation which started all these exploratory procedures in the first place - before any of the pains. That was the main thing they were worried about last year and if it occurred again was to report to them immediately. So I'll let GP know tomorrow also, who will notify the hospital.
(I'm starting to think the worst now)

I'm just so glad that my brother has been here with me over the Christmas period. He goes back on Friday, has renewed his contract for another year in Saudi.
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Post by Feather on 28th December 2011, 22:31

Plenty of people would have sued the NHS long ago. I hope you got your painkillers today and that you have some relief from pain tonight.
I remember you had infection after an op before. I wish you a restful night, kk.xxxx



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Post by Kitkat on 29th December 2011, 11:32

I take back what I said about that recent night being the worst ever... Last night topped it - only this time it was food poisoning! From 10 o'clock yesterday evening until 2 o'clock this morning - non-stop pains coming in regular waves and surges. These pains even over-rode the usual pains in my back. I had actually had a good day where they were concerned. I know exactly what it was. Fried up a bit of frying steak and onions (use by 28 December which was yesterday) but it had already been opened we had some the day before and it was fine. I did up two loads, made a sandwich for myself and left the rest for Jimmy when he arrived back from playing darts with my cousin. He arrived back about 10 o'clock and I had just started suffering at that stage, so told him NOT TO TOUCH IT!
My misery was doubled because when I eventually vomited up the offending article (about 1.30 this morning) the back pain was just hell with every wretching movement.
PHEW! I'm not long up as obviously didn't get much sleep last night. Eventually dropped off at about 2.30. What's next, eh?
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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Feather on 29th December 2011, 12:01

OMG, kk. There are no words----



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Re: Kitkat's KK Blog

Post by Kitkat on 1st January 2012, 20:31

New Year's Day in the Kitkat household. Aah ... peaceful and calm ...
Got the whole place to myself again for a while (apart from the cat)
... remote control is mine - all mine to do with it what I will ...
Brother gone back to Saudi ... 2 whole days of doing nothing to enjoy
before thrusting back into the drudges and stresses of work on Tuesday.

Decided
to make a nice casserole (well, it's a stew really, but sticking it in a
fancy dish and putting it in the oven makes it a casserole ). BIG mistake!
In peaks and troughs throughout the day this flamin' constant back
pain rears its ugly head - always worse in the mornings - but once daily
morning dose of painkillers set in (after about half an hour or so) I
can even fit in a hip-swinging mini hooley to the radio when the figary
takes me. (though 4 o'clock this morning had me sitting on the edge of
the bed bawling my eyes out because I sooooooo wanted to lie down and
SLEEP, but the pain wouldn't let me find any kind of relatively
comfortable horizontal position. The pain had woken me up in the first
place at that unearthly hour, so hobbled out of bed (with the help of
trusty but pretty folding walking cane always to hand, I managed to
force down a toasted crumpet before dosing up with painkillers - which
must be taken with or just after food).
Anyway, back to [later on]
this morning. Obviously, when I decided on an oven casserole I was in a
hip-swinging pain trough ... not a bother on me to bend down and put
the casserole into the low shelf of the low oven. Throughout the
holiday there have been folk on hand around the house to "call upon" for
the bending and lifting necessities that my other trusty gadget (Mister
Grabbit) can't quite manage. (Mister Grabbit is like a long pincers
with a handle at the end that controls the pinch/grab/lift bit. It's
actually one of the instruments used by the guys employed by the Council
to pick up items of litter, leaves etc, from the pavement - also handy
for getting things down from high shelves etc - but will only tolerate
items of a certain weight). Anyway - my casserole is done to a turn and
ready for table and tum ... smells delicious (even though I say so
myself). I've turned the oven off and I'm sooooo ready to eat ... but
... I CAN'T BEND DOWN TO GET THE FLAMIN' THING OUT OF THE OVEN - can
only get down so far and the pain locks and jars and OOOOOUUUCH! Can't
even get into a low enough position to spoon anything out of the dish.
I could of course take some painkillers and wait about half an hour for
them to sink in and do their job - BUT they have to be taken WITH OR
AFTER FOOD - and I can't reach the FLAMIN' FOOD!

Soooo, I guess for now anyway, I'll just have to settle for a cheese and pickle sandwich.

HUNGER PANGS WITH A TWIST.

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