As I mentioned in my last post it’s now been 5 whole years since the end of B’s treatment and, touch wood, he’s doing very well. We’ve decided to take 6 months unpaid leave from work to travel the world, or at least part of it. Over the next 6 months we’ll be visiting North […]

London has been in the grip of a heatwave this week, with yesterday the hottest June day since 1976! Yes it was 34 degrees, which is pretty hot in a city not keen on air conditioned housing or transport. My cool office has been my haven. I’ve never been happier to be there. London summer […]

Things have been burbling along since all the drama in June. B self-injected an anticoagulant daily for a month or so but now he’s just on warfarin to keep his blood at the right consistency for artery healing. He’s still having regular blood tests to monitor it. A CT scan will happen in a few […]

B spent a second day in the Friends Stroke Unit, fortunately 24 hours had passed so he was at least able to sit up – hurrah! The day was spent waiting for his echocardiagram. Time in hospital moves at a glacial pace. When you’re told that something will happen ‘soon’ that could mean anytime in […]

B was admitted to the Friends Stroke Unit at Kings College Hospital at 4am. This was because he was at risk of stroke, but he was the only person I could see who hadn’t already had one. The name of the unit seemed a bit cruel to me – these poor people either didn’t seem to have […]

On Sunday B noticed something weird – he had a bad headache, his left eyelid was a bit droopy and his left pupil was unresponsive. Here we go again, I thought. Tumour problems. On Monday I went with him to his GP who sent him to A&E. We arrived at King’s College Hospital at 4pm. This won’t […]

Last week B received a call from his brain surgeon’s PA, requesting an appointment. My initial response was alarm – one doesn’t like to hear from people like this out of the blue. After confirming that it was purely to see how he’s been faring these past 4 years, B agreed. I went along to the consultation […]