Author Archives: Jill

Summer Scan

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 […]

Insurable

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 […]

Echo

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 […]

Friends

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 […]

A&E

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 […]

Back in Business

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 […]

Mental gymnastics

B underwent an afternoon of neuropsychological testing recently, as requested by his health insurance provider. He said he did well on some of it but other parts were awful eg. mental arithmetic. Not the simplest stuff like 18 + 42 but questions with longer steps such as: You’re in a queue with 150 people in […]