10 years ๐Ÿ˜ฑ


Saturday 24th to Friday 30th November

Went to a birthday party on Saturday night, which was followed by feeling unwell on Sunday ๐Ÿคข Unusually for me I did have a couple of glasses of wine, was this enough to be giving me a hangover?!

But then I didn’t feel very well at all for the whole week. I noticed that my Shingles related virus was back, I don’t usually feel quite this bad with that though ๐Ÿค”

I felt horrendous while at work on Tuesday. I just wanted to go home but it was SO busy, extra chaotic because a banking system was down somewhere and many card payments weren’t working. This always causes a nightmare as so many people don’t carry cash with them now, and just to add to everything we were also short staffed. I think one of the things that was helping me to keep going was knowing that I had the following day off, thank goodness.

On an evening walk we called in to visit the Christmas Tree Festival in our town. All kinds of local businesses and organisations had decorated their own trees using many different ideas. Pretty ๐ŸŽ„

I left my message on the Lawrence Home Nursing tree ๐Ÿ˜โ˜น๏ธ

Back at work on Friday, I got presented with this.

10 years of working in the Co-op! Goodness me, who would have thought that would happen ๐Ÿ˜ฑ How things have changed in that time. I started off working in the little savings bank office which was tucked in the corner of the shop. Then I asked if I could be moved to the checkouts as it was a bit isolating being stuck in there. I can remember the terrible struggles I had as my illness started to get much worse and my regular customers used to tell me how dreadful I was looking! Then my doctor told me I had to stop work and we all know what happened next … When I went back after my transplants, which was a year later, the shop had been extended and given a very big makeover. A very different place to work in, new staff and many more of them. It took some time getting used to it, well I still don’t think I have really! I still miss the old little store.

On Friday evening we went to the Christmas Lights Trailย at Blenheim Palace.

And Jamie proposed to Emma ๐Ÿ’



Monday 12th to Friday 23rd November

Feeling a bit better physically during this time ๐Ÿ˜€ but mentally still ๐Ÿคฏ!

I still fit walks in wherever I can. They are some of my fun times.

Otherwise I’ve just been trying to do a bit of extra sorting out and tidying away in readiness for the dreaded Christmas time which is fast approaching. I even cleaned some windows ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

On Saturday night I had a little extra job to do, I served the drinks behind a little bar at a party in a marquee, that was fun ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿท๐Ÿพ

I’ve had my blood tested again to check out the anaemia, don’t know the results yet … And then the nurse gave me my flu jab.

Have a read of thisย story of an organ donor chain.

Donating organs is an amazing gift and changes peopleโ€™s lives.

If you or someone you know still needs convincing, then maybe have a read ofย Myth busting.

Poppy day


Monday 5th to Sunday 11th November

Still tough going to work this week. Just didn’t feel well. Head aching, body aching and feeling ๐Ÿคฎ I thought it was going to turn out to be the Shingles related virus that I get but it didn’t seem to in the end. Some different kind of virus I guess ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

So I told you that last Saturday I went for a walk in the grounds of Blenheim Palace to look at the lake which has been drained a little recently and they’ve found some rooms in the bridge. On my way to volunteering this week an older lady came and sat by me on the bus. We were sat waiting in traffic for quite a while so we got chatting. She started to tell me about her husband that she was going to visit in hospital and all kinds of other things! Then we somehow got onto the subject of Blenheim Palace and she told me about how, many years ago, she used to play with her friends down by that bridge and went in some of those ‘hidden rooms’ that I told you about. So I showed her some of the photos that I had taken on my phone. She enjoyed seeing them ๐Ÿ™‚

November 11th, of course there was a walk to the town in the morning to watch theย Remembrance Day parade.

Mince pies ๐Ÿ˜‹


Sunday 4th November

I DO NOT enjoy Christmas but I DO enjoy eating mince pies! And today, yes at the beginning of November, I had my first one.

You know how I like football โšฝ๏ธ …

Thank you to the former footballer who saved five lives. Sadly too young, but thankfully he joined the Organ Donor Register when he got a driving license. His father said “It took a responsibility off our shoulders. The decision had been made.โ€

And this is a very interesting interview with former Manchester United playerย Andy Cole.

I agree with what he says, it is tough being ill, it is tough having a transplant and it is tough ongoing, both physically and emotionally.

But for anyone out there who has any doubts about the whole process, I still would definitely recommend going through it all ๐Ÿ‘

Thank you to my two donors and their families ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’™

So if you havenโ€™t already, why not sign up today to theย NHS Organ Donor Register and then tell your family of your wishes. As you can see in the above story, it does make things so much easier if the difficult situation arises.

White fingers


Tuesday 30th October to Saturday 3rd November

Back to work this week. But SO tired, body hurting, feeling ๐Ÿคฎ

Happy Halloween ๐ŸŽƒ

At the nursery where Leah works they had made some ‘mummy’ pastries with the children. She brought me one ๐Ÿ˜‹

Good isn’t it?

On Saturday afternoon we went for a nice walk in the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

We were going to have a look at the lake above, which has recently been drained in order to get rid of more than 460,000 tonnes of silt. As a result they have found someย hidden roomsย which have been exposed for the first time in more than 250 years ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Click on the link to find out more …

And then a trip to a nearby village firework display ๐ŸŽ† ๐ŸŽ‡

And yes, I’m afraid it’s got to that time of year for me again – Raynaudโ€™s ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Inconvenient and painful!

Unusual visitors


Monday 29th October

Look what happens in our town centre on a Monday morning! ๐Ÿคช

Another visit fromย The Fastest Shed.

And a visit from a camel ๐Ÿช (Which in fact was to promote our local pantomime showing atย The Theatreย – Aladdin – ‘With dancing mummies, disappearing pyramids and a deeply daft genie, expect a laughter-filled spectacular. This is Aladdin as youโ€™ve never seen it before! When Aladdin meets Jasmine, both are sure their luck will change, but the wicked Abanazar has other plans.โ€™)

Recharging crystals


Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October

Happy Birthday to my biggest brother on the 21st ๐Ÿป

Some time off from work this week because of the anaemia.

I definitely DO NOT want to take iron tablets so when I spoke to my doctor he agreed to let me try and get my iron level back up by eating iron rich foods. Robyn was a bit cross that the doctor had agreed to me doing this. She knows me too well … !

Look at my arm after the blood test I mentioned last week that really hurt and came up into a big hard lump. It’s still quite tender to touch too.

I did meet my friend for a cuppa โ˜•๏ธ

When I was very ill in hospital she laid out some crystals for me and also bought me a crystal bracelet.

She had messaged me earlier in the week telling me to place my crystals overnight on a windowsill which catches the moonlight and then wear it on my right side the following day. This was to recharge the crystals and then while I was wearing the bracelet the energy would be transferred to me.

Just what I need ๐Ÿ™‚ Any extra energy would be much appreciated.

I thought Iโ€™d share this website with you as it seems to have a lot of information about all the differentย crystals and their meanings. Some of them may work for you.

Painful arm


Monday 15th to Friday 19th October

A week of blood tests ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Monday was a trip to Birmingham for my clinic appointment. I was having an ultrasound scan too, to check on the fluid that they found last time. This time the fluid had gone so that was good news.

The nurse took 2 attempts to find my blood. I don’t know what she did on the second one but it was very painful. It came up in a big hard lump and my whole arm was hurting.

Because I had mentioned that I was getting some aches and pains in my liver area, I then had to go for a chest and back X-ray to see if that would show any problems up. So I wait to see what those results are …

Wednesday was a trip to my doctor to get the results of the blood tests that I had taken last Friday to see about my anaemia. It turned out to be a wasted trip as apparently my blood samples had clotted and they weren’t able to do any of the tests on them. So my doctor tried himself to take some more, 3 times! My veins were giving him nothing.

So he then decided that I should make another appointment with the nurse for her to have a try. This was arranged for Friday morning, which meant I had to leave work for a while and walk up to the surgery again. Thankfully it was a lovely warm sunny day, not like last Friday when I got soaked ๐ŸŒง And another bonus, the nurse was very good and understanding to my veins! She used a smaller needle which she inserted very slowly into my vein rather than just stabbing it straight in! and she got blood the very first time. A miracle ๐Ÿ™‚

At work in the afternoon, after a bit of a chaotic morning, I found myself literally yawning my head off while sat on my checkout.

This tiredness frustrates me ๐Ÿ˜–

PS Look what Robyn bought me for National Chocolate Week ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ



Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th October

It seemed to end up being a weekend of eating out! Lucky old me.

Handy really as I haven’t really been feeling too much like eating! It’s horrible when you have no appetite and you’re just making yourself eat things because you know you should have something. I did really enjoy both of these meals though ๐Ÿ˜‹

On Saturday there was a nice walk around the city of Oxford.

Where I think I worked up a bit of an appetite and I had some of my favourite noodles. When I’ve been to Noodle Nation before I was able to have an extra portion of cashew nuts stirred into the noodles too but when I looked this time they were nowhere to be seen on the menu and when I asked the waiter he said that they couldn’t do that! I really missed them โ˜น๏ธ

And then on Sunday I ended up going into Banbury with Robyn and met Leah after she had done an extra shift at work.

We went toย The Old Auctioneer pub.

The Old Auctioneer is the third oldest building in Banbury, built in 1596 and surviving the great fire of 1628. The site dates back to medieval times and was originally known as Groupcunt Lane in 1333 reflecting the economic activity and function of the street before being renamed Parsons Street in 1410. The pub became known as The Flying Horse and in the 1830’s as many as 53 coaches left the pub for London weekly, taking seven and a half hours to make the journey. The floor boards at the front of the building by the fireplace are believed to be the original boards as are the beams above, which reputedly were sourced during the original construction from a wrecked Spanish Galleon. The bar panelling was constructed from old French fort doors sourced from Fort Saint-Andre just outside Avignon. The foreign exchange sign over the reception came originally from Coutts bank (the Queen’s bank) in the Strand. The wood panelling in the centre section was salvaged from American World War 1 ammunition crates.

A tiny bit of history for you.

I do recommend the place, the food was freshly cooked and very nice ๐Ÿ‘

A very tasty chicken burger for me!

Taking all my blood ๐Ÿ’‰


Saturday 6th to Friday 12th October

Still SO tired.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but I’ve started to go swimming now ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ Leah is on one of her fitness kicks and has joined the gym again. When she’s not in the gym she goes swimming so I’ve decided to join her. It’s a bit tough getting my body into the mood for it. As it’s getting colder now that puts me off a bit too as the pool is not the warmest of places! But once I’m in there I really enjoy it and I do feel in a much better frame of mind when I’ve finished ๐Ÿ™‚

I told my doctor a few weeks ago that I was finding things a bit of a struggle. He told me to book a blood test. Well as usual, naughty old me didn’t book it straight away. But on Tuesday I went to have it done. Three attempts for the nurse to get my veins to give out some blood ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰

On Thursday night I got a message to contact the doctors so early on Friday morning, while walking to work, I rang to be told that from my blood results the other day they could see that I had become anaemic again and that my doctor wanted me to have some extra blood taken so that the results would be back for an already booked appointment that I have with him next week. Sorry work, not much I can do about that ๐Ÿ˜ Thankfully my boss agreed to let me go. So in the middle of my shift I left to walk up to our health centre, which is on the outskirts of the town. Trust it to be a cold, wet, very windy and miserable day ๐ŸŒง ๐Ÿ’จ Not a pleasant walk. Two attempts for the nurse to get my blood this time ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰, then back out into the cold and wet and straight back to work I go, with soggy trousers and feet. Not really what you need to be doing when you’re already cold and tired out.

And just because I think these little pasta people are very cute! ๐Ÿ˜