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Farewell Drinks

We had a lovely time at work. I found my pass no longer works – so that’s pretty final! I had to go to Reception and get a visitors pass!

I emptied my desk and then we headed over to the bar for drinks with friends. I hate saying goodbye – but it’s nice now it’s over. Lots of people came and we talked and relaxed for a couple of hours. I got gifts too! Coffee, chocolate, nail varnish, smellies, flowers – so lucky!


I will miss those folks!

We then headed into town and had a smooch around the shops before heading home.

It’s been an historic day – I’m now ‘retired’ – and tired! Sofa sogging for me tonight.

Have a tremendous Tuesday!

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Posted by on 02/09/2013 in Personal


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Twelve of Fifteen


Today was mostly spent in Exeter. My moult continues and my head is stupidly sore – a lot of me wishes that the hair was gone and it’s all over with. Having said that, I’m going to miss it, so I’m keen to keep as much as I can for as long as I can! It is coming out in handfuls though!

So, we went early to Exeter to meet my boss, my bosses boss and two HR officials to get officially ‘dismissed’. They have granted me retirement on I’ll health grounds effective on 31st August. Happily I am entitled to a full pension, so I am looking forward to it!

After the meeting at work we headed off to the hospital for lunch before my treatment. I had cottage pie from the canteen – not fantastic, but edible. Swallowing is still hard, so it takes me ages to eat – hence I had only got through half of it before it was too cold to eat. I then got a small tub of vanilla ice cream for pudding! Mmm – that was so lovely.

Treatment went well – all the usual and felt fine.

Off into town then for a look around the shops. I raided Hotel Chocolate for some caramel batons, then off to Nero’s for iced coffee! Lovely.

Tomorrow we have treatment at 4pm so a day spent pottering first I think.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Posted by on 13/08/2013 in Personal


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Eight of Fifteen

For the mathematicians amongst you, it will not have passed you by that we are now over half way! Go me!

Today’s appointment was late – 5.10pm but I also had to have bloods done, so we headed out just after 3pm. Before that I did some stuff on the computer and finalised a meeting at work. Happily they have agreed to retirement on ill-health grounds, so I will get the pension I would have done if I had worked to aged 65. That’s excellent! Although things will be tight, it is enough for us to get by on, and not worrying about work will be a big weight off my mind.

Saw these chaps on the way to the hospital –


Cute hey?

Radiotherapy was the same as always – I’m getting tiredness with it now, but all in all, we are doing okay. Just two more full head sessions – it’s my head that spins and causes the nausea – I will be so pleased when it’s over and I start to feel a bit more normal! The chest radiotherapy makes me cough and it tastes disgusting from the dead tumour cells. I think that’s a good sign, but again, I will be glad when it’s over.

I am also looking forward to knowing how the radiotherapy has worked on me – the doctors say they will do a full CT scan after 6 weeks – that allows for the swelling to subside and for the good cells to repair themselves. At that stage we will have a good idea of what is left and therefore what my prognosis is. I know this is not curable, but the doctors are working hard to make it ‘manageable’. That would be nice!

Same old tomorrow – I hope you have a terrific Thursday!

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Posted by on 07/08/2013 in Personal


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Sorting Stuff

This morning started with an appointment with my GP. I went to ask for a return to work form, but ended in a long conversation about the merits of not going back to work, but enjoying what time I have left. It was a good chat, if difficult. We talked about seeking retirement on ill health grounds – something I spent the rest of the day researching.

The doctor was incredibly supportive and encouraged me not to go back to work – difficult when you are the main bread-winner.

Having talked it over at home, I phoned the doctor back and agreed to continue the sick leave and start the process of looking for retirement. I have to pick up my sick note tomorrow which will be for 3 months. I’ve also emailed the boss and asked him to start the process.

Here begins a battle I think!

In other news – I got my new phone today! I love my iPhone and got sent an upgrade to the iPhone 5 with 4G – not that 4G will be in Devon anytime soon though! It’s lovely and the transfer was painless.

Have a terrific Thursday!

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Posted by on 20/03/2013 in Personal


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