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:
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
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.
Available from all good bollock retailers.
May contain nuts.
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.
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":
As you can see, the all-important neutrophils are still building up nicely:
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible 🙂
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:
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?
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.