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Yay 😃

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“Great Britain have been placed top of the Official World Transplant Games 2019 table with an incredible 205 gold, 152 silver and 127 bronze medals.

Second place goes to USA with 67 gold, 51 silver and 28 bronze.

In third place we have Islamic Republic of Iran with a medal count of 26 gold, 35 silver and 33 bronze.”

Well done to every single person who has taken part 😃

Andy Cole

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Among the crowd at the opening ceremony of the World Transplant Games was former professional footballer Andy Cole who had a kidney transplant in 2017. Here he chats to team GB’s football squad about the difficult emotional journey only transplant survivors can fully understand.

It sure is tough sometimes 🤯

World Transplant Games

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The World Transplant Games is taking place this week in Newcastle Gateshead.

This is some of the GB Transplant Team who will be competing – all powered by the Gift of Life.

Every white jacket you see in the photo has had a life saving organ transplant. Without a precious organ donor these wonderful people wouldn’t be representing our country at the Games.

There are about 130 team members missing from this photo. The full team, the largest ever, consists of 320 transplant athletes, including 35 junior and 15 live donors with a third of the entire team representing Great Britain for the first time. They have all survived a heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, small bowel or bone marrow transplant and come from all parts of the UK.

Those featured in blue are team managers, those in red are physio, coaches, medical and the Chairman of Transplant Sport who is also a nephrologist.

Good luck to all members of the GB Team.

Major catch up time!!

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Tuesday 25th June to Friday 26th July

What’s been going on?!!!

As you can see from my earlier posts I went to Cornbury Music Festival.

The following weekend was spent looking after Leah. She got VERY bad tonsillitis. She had a high temperature, lots and lots of pain, she couldn’t really even get out of her bed for a few days, very unusual to see her like this and not very nice.

There was even a little trip to Outpatients at the hospital to get her even more tablets 😖

There was a spur of the moment little trip to Bourton-on-the-Water, as it was a lovely warm evening, for some tasty fish and chips by the river.

The next weekend after that was Riverside Festival.

And then I needed to get ready for my upcoming holiday.

I’ve been non-stop busy really. And when I haven’t been doing either something fun, working, trying to sort out difficult and stressful problems or normal day to day stuff, I’ve either been just slumped on the sofa with a hurting body or sleeping!

Just like one of my customers said to me, “I feel like I’ve woken up in someone else’s body this morning and it had been run over before I even got into it …” 🥴

PS Oh, and look at all my strawberries! 😃

I also managed to grow some very delicious strawberries and a pretty flower during this time!

Catch up time!

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Saturday 22nd to Monday 24th June

How lucky was I to go away for a weekend at the seaside 😃

Among other things there was an evening walk on Sandbanks Beach.

And a visit to Lulworth Cove, one of my favourite places. A walk up the steep hill, it was a long climb, and along the coast path to Durdle Door – ‘The magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle. The name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’ which means to pierce, bore or drill.’ I can’t remember if it was 2 or 3 miles there and back 🤔 Trust me to slip on the dry dusty gravel on the way down the other side of the hill, I fell straight onto my bum and side. Ouch 🥺

When I was back at home I was very tired, my body was hurting and aching from the fall, the pretty tough walk and the busy weekend. But I had a really great time 👍

Birthday day out

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Saturday 15th to Friday 21st June

Happy Birthday to my lovely Robyn 🎁

We had a fun morning strawberry picking 🍓 They were so delicious 😋

A nice birthday lunch and then later off to the Artyard Cafe in Enstone to listen to some local bands 🎤🎸

There was also a trip to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for my clinic appointment.

I didn’t receive a phone call about my blood results, this usually means that everything is okay 🤔