Monday, 28 November 2011


H has lost a lot of hair, and has taken to wearing a bobble hat.  She looks good in it.  On Friday we visited a wig shop in Fulham: the guy showed us something much more realistic than the NHS offering, and, naturally, much more expensive.  We can afford it, and it will be good for H to look like her old self.  She'll be going back the week after next for a fitting.

We stopped for lunch at the River Cafe, which is also very expensive (albeit not on the same scale) and worth the money.

H's arm has settled down after the operation, but is no better than before.  There's still some scope for improvement as any remaining inflammation subsides.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Minor operation

H had her microdiscectomy today.  It seemed to take a long time, but she's dodged the very small risk of tetraplegia: we have to wait a few days to find out how well it's worked.

While I was waiting, a trolley came round loaded to the gunnels with sweets, crisps and biscuits, on sale mainly to visitors.  Is this the NHS trying to ensure future business?

Update: I wasn't paying enough attention - the procedure was a foraminotomy not a microdiscectomy.  Which H points out means cutting a hole in a hole.

Fog on the Tyne

We went to the North-East for the weekend to visit H's family and friends.  Long Sands beach is good on a warm November day.  The Lost World crazy golf course is the best I&S have played on - the obstacles are carefully configured so that if you get your entry shot right you have a good chance of a hole in one.  The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth has, er, good and less good points.

Whenever we do anything like this, it could be the last time.

Monday, 7 November 2011

In hospital

I've taken H to hospital because she's running a temperature - it's probably just a cold, but on chemotherapy it could be febrile neutropenia...

Update:  ... the hospital says cold, but gave H oral antibiotics to be on the safe side.  We got back at 2:45am.  Which might not be the best treatment for it.