Sunday 25th September, 2016

BANG! and the dirt is gone…

Posted by at 1:14 pm in Illness and injury, Just for fun.
Tags:

 Manhattan Project

http://xkcd.com/1736/

Friday 23rd September, 2016

Ferritin

Posted by at 12:40 pm in Illness and injury.

No, it's not another strange hobby. No Mustelids have been deployed or harmed in the production of this post.

According to the consultant at yesterday's out-patient consultation, my key bloods are now well into the "normal" range:

  • Hb: 148 (normal range: 130-180 g/L)
  • Platelets: 185 (normal range: 140–400 (× 109 cells/L))
  • Whites: 5.9 (normal range: 4–11 (× 109 cells/L))
  • Newts: 3.5 (normal range: 1.5–7.5 (× 109 cells/L))

However, he said that my ferritin level is "a little high". He also said that it's a common thing that they often see in people who are in remission from AML, it's a consequence of them messing with my bloods so much during the treatment.

So, this raises two questions...

1: If it is common and if it was expected, why has this not been explained to me at all during the previous nine months?

2: How is a level of 1675 × 10-6 g/L classed as "a little high" when the "normal" range is 15-200 × 10-6 g/L?

To get some sort of visual perspective, here's a graph of all of my ferritin readings currently available to me:

 

 

Feel free to do a trend analysis on that  :mrgreen:

Anyway, the accepted wisdom is to reduce the ferritin level simply by bleeding me at regular intervals, I'm currently waiting for a series of appointments to attend a different hospital to spill my hard-won red stuff into a waste-bucket.

I might just get me a real ferret instead. From what I've experienced it will be just as efficient at drawing blood, it won't cost the NHS a penny, and it will have a much lower carbon-footprint than driving a diesel-powered tin box to Leicester and back several times during the coming months.

Thursday 15th September, 2016

It Can Wait

Posted by at 11:15 am in Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.).

Monday 5th September, 2016

While we’re on the subject of cycling…

Posted by at 5:37 pm in LMAO!.

 

Available from all good bollock retailers.

Cycling Night Riding Bicycle Light Creative Bike Light Bicycle Cycling MTB Bike Lamp Heart Design.

May contain nuts.

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.

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