Ten Score and Nine Years Ago…

…my favourite US President was born.*

On Friday, I managed to drag myself out of bed in time to get to the RVI for 8.25am for my MRI scans. I was very tired and almost fell asleep during the scans despite the Lost-esque whines, creaks and other machine noises. The only positive things about having such an early appointment were that we had no problems parking and, as I was the first one in, they weren’t running late. Continue reading “Ten Score and Nine Years Ago…”


Cyclicity, Publicity and Felicity

Hey Scan Woman/Man*

The good news is that my rescheduled MRI is next Friday at 8.25, only a week late. Happily, my results appointment in a few weeks’ time has not been delayed. It will take a Herculean effort for me to get showered, breakfasted, ready and out of the house about three or four hours earlier than usual but it’s the least I can do as they’ve squeezed me in at the RVI as there were no timely appointments available at the Freeman. Continue reading “Cyclicity, Publicity and Felicity”

Swing Low, Sleep Lariat

A Jowell Jewel

Last year, Tessa Jowell was diagnosed with the same type of brain tumour that Graeme had. This week, as some of you will have seen, heard and/or read about, she gave an interview on BBC Radio 4 and made a speech in the House of Lords, which triggered a rare standing ovation. She has finished the treatments available in the UK and was calling for an increase in access to experimental cancer treatments. Here’s the best explanation that I’ve found for what she’s advocating. Continue reading “Swing Low, Sleep Lariat”

Wait Watchers

It’s been six days since my last confession, I mean post. I have a foot-led meizure* and a few head-led almost-seizures to report. That seems like a bargain basement price to pay for the amount of effort, energy and excitement of our trip to Paris and my involvement (and cake-making failures!) for Jennifer’s birthday and party. Continue reading “Wait Watchers”

Oh là là!

It’s been a while since my last substantive post. The last five weeks have been unusually busy for me with Christmas and other Reasons to be Cheerful (without Ed Miliband).

I wrote my last post the day before Mam’s birthday and the last day of term for J. Yesterday was Jennifer’s fifth birthday and her first day back at school. Between those two milestones, we have enjoyed ourselves immensely, more than we thought possible just a few months ago – and what would have been mere fantasy this time last year. Continue reading “Oh là là!”

Stars and Strifes

My seizures start either in my head or in my foot. The head-led ones start with a funny feeling in my head then the seizing starts shortly thereafter going from my foot and travelling as far up my right side as the Grand Old Duke of Jackson can march. The leg-led ones start with my foot involuntarily lifting followed by my leg bouncing from my knee as if my reflexes are being tested in quick successful. Again, these seizures can go as far up my right side as the Duke can make it.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve only had two mainstream seizures but a fair few “funny head things”*, Continue reading “Stars and Strifes”

State of the Union (Unabridged) and State of Mind (Unhinged)

Overall, last week was a bit of a struggle. I succumbed to tiredness and dark thoughts more than I usually do. I think it’s normal and healthy to let myself go down into the deep from time to time. I’m not sure that I’ve had such a prolonged period of time including times of absolute physical and mental exhaustion.

I suspect that the bouts of feeling sorry for myself were partly Continue reading “State of the Union (Unabridged) and State of Mind (Unhinged)”