Sunday 28th August, 2016

There must be a law against it…

Posted by at 4:13 pm in A bit of a rant.

but I'll bet my life that nobody would be arsed to apply the law.

I'm talking about the family one road up from us...

the family that goes away every Christmas and New Year, every Easter, every Mayday, every Spring Bank Holiday, every Summer, every Late Summer Bank Holiday, most other weekends....

the family that never set their intruder alarm properly, so that it goes off all day and all night from their departure to their return...

the family that don't give a toss when someone "has a polite word with them" about it...

the family who are

SELFISH IGNORANT C*NTS

They know who they are.

And so do the people who are employed to uphold the law, but clearly don't.

Tuesday 23rd August, 2016

Why don’t we get telly ads like this?

Posted by at 8:03 pm in Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.).

Genius:

Friday 19th August, 2016

Kicking AML’s Ass: Promoted

Posted by at 10:44 pm in Illness and injury.

According to the consultant at yesterday's out-patient consultation (75 days post-chemo), I'm now a Survivor and no longer a Sufferer.

I'm not cured (they never use that "C-word") but it has been confirmed that I'm in what we all hope is lasting remission. There are no signs of the disease itself but they will monitor me for a year or so while I continue convalescence to repair the damage caused by the treatment. It's mainly physiological (muscle-loss, lack of energy and stamina, lack of eyelashes, lack of pupil dilation etc.) but there are some odd mental effects too (Google "chemo-brain" for further details). The Treatment Summary document states that I may have "late effects" including fatigue, poor concentration and forgetfulness. Oh, and early menopause!

Bloods are now more-or-less "normal":

  • Hb: 128 (normal range: 130-180 g/L)
  • Platelets: 239 (normal range: 140–400 (× 109 cells/L))
  • Whites: 4.6 (normal range: 4–11 (× 109 cells/L))
  • Newts: 2.67 (normal range: 1.5–7.5 (× 109 cells/L))

As you can see, the all-important neutrophils are still building up nicely:

 

 

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible 🙂

 

Wednesday 17th August, 2016

Who needs Lycra and clip-ins?

Posted by at 11:01 am in LMAO!.

This Tour de Leicester thing is clearly a demanding set of events, something like an Omnium for Eejuts.

This time we were on the Soar Valley Way.

Here's the breakaway leader in the Dangerously-Overloaded Sprint:

 

Monday 8th August, 2016

The Boys from Ipanema

Posted by at 12:41 pm in On the box, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.).

Classic "lift music" scene:

OK, so they're not as good-looking as the real Girl from Ipanema,

but they're so much better than this.

Monday 1st August, 2016

Did the earth move for you?

Posted by at 6:52 pm in In the News, Maps.

It's the 1st of August and the layout of the north of England has gone barmy. The LDNP extended within Cumbria - I can just about understand that. But the YDNP extended into Cumbria and Lancashire? How does that work?

LDNP

YDNP

So, now there are even more bits of the LDNP that are not merely unmarked but simply don't appear on my worn-in but not yet worn-out OS OL English Lakes paper set, or my Memory-Map 1:25k Lake District 'puter maps, or even my two excellent AZ Adventure Lake District map-books.

How long before the OS tries to sell us Outdoor Leisure OL "7 and a bit"?

 

And before you say anything about the maps on this blog, yes, I know that they're fcuked. UMapper is defunct, and I have yet to find a suitable replacement.

Friday 22nd July, 2016

Finding the limitations of Lycra and clip-ins

Posted by at 12:23 pm in Car stuff, Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.).

The first time we met we were stuck in traffic on the Aylestone Road. The pedestrilist*, unable to overtake or undertake the pulled-over bus obstructing the cycle-lane, and unable to nip onto the pavement due to there being safety-railings, was leaning on my car's roof-rail, apparently incapable of unclipping his Tour de Leicester cycling clogs from his pedals in order to use his own feet to keep himself upright. I wound down the window and asked him to desist but he didn't. Luckily, the traffic started to move on so there was no further set-to.

About a mile or so further on the traffic had stopped again. I looked in the door-mirror and again there was a Lycra-clad someone leaning on, or about to lean on, my roof-rail. I was fairly sure that it was the same miscreant.

The car in front of mine had pulled forward a bit and had left a car's-length of space in front of mine, so I duly moved into the gap. Sir Isaac Newton and stupidity did the rest. In the rear-view mirror I saw a perfect arc of toppling torso, through the open windows I heard a crumpling noise.

From the sounds being emitted from the patch of sun-kissed tarmac behind my car, I surmised the following:

  • Lycra doesn't protect the wearer from impact;
  • Clip-ins don't clip-out very quickly;
  • My I.Q. and parentage are now questionable.

YouTube has a similar version:

*Pedestrilist: A cyclist who believes that it's OK to chop and change between using the road or the pavement according to whatever obstructions are encountered, such as prams, red lights and buses. No prior indication, life-saver look behind or consideration for others is required in order to execute such random, unpredictable and dangerous manoeuvres.

I should point out now that I have great respect for law-abiding cyclists. I just don't like selfish twats.

Thursday 21st July, 2016

Kicking AML’s Ass: Up!

Posted by at 10:33 pm in Illness and injury.

Two weeks of medically-unaided recovery have made the following kick-ass blood-count differences:

  • Hb: up from 90 to 101 (normal range: 130-180 g/L)
  • Platelets: up from ~70 to 223 (normal range: 140–400 (× 109 cells/L))
  • Whites: up from 2.4 to 4.6 (normal range: 4–11 (× 109 cells/L))
  • Newts: up from 0.82 to 1.65 (normal range: 1.5–7.5 (× 109 cells/L))

After today's check-up, the one outpatient appointment per fortnight has been changed to one per month 🙂

So that's good news for you lot, as I'll have to find something less boring to rattle on about.

Wednesday 20th July, 2016

Best served cold

Posted by at 12:58 pm in In the News, Just for fun.

Image courtesy of my friend and neighbour Chris.

Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Kicking AML’s Ass: Out of the woods, I can see the pub in the distance

Posted by at 4:54 pm in Illness and injury.

Cycle 4 has finished.

I'm not yet discharged back to the care of my GP (that's a few months away) but the hospital visits are now tailing off - one outpatient appointment per fortnight until further notice.

The official line is that I'm in a period of counts recovery which should lead to remission... after previous chemo cycles that recovery has taken a few weeks, but due to the cumulative effect of high-dose cytarabine cycles this latest recovery could take several months, and we can expect set-backs if I catch any bacterial/viral/fungal infections.

To give some idea of how slowly the counts are recovering, here are comparative plots of the neutrophil counts for the latest two cycles. For the avoidance of doubt, we're aiming for a minimum count of 1.50 x 109 cells/litre for minimum-acceptable infection-resistance. 4.50 x 109 cells/litre would be a good mid-range long-term target...

 

 

The red-count plot follows a broadly-similar pattern (at the latest check it was still low at about 90 grammes/litre, climbing, but not very quickly), which means I'm at home with many things to do and not much energy to do them. Mind you, I do have to try... I need exercise in order to convert belly to muscle. Furthermore, in theory, more exercise should mean faster recovery.

And there's more good news! I now have so much head- and facial-hair that I had to have it trimmed to keep it in check. So now I look less like Uncle Fester and more like Great Uncle Bulgaria 🙂

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