Friday, 27 March 2015

On Saying Farewell to Old Friends, and Welcoming a New One

This weekend just gone saw me journey up to London for the first time since Christmas to see My Amy. It's a weekend that's been planned for a number of weeks now because Cedar recently passed and we wanted to lay him to rest along with Pie and Mash who had passed away some time ago. I had managed to keep my arse out of hospital for more than a couple of weeks in a row, so this was it, I was going to London!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Under Construction! Beware of Falling Masonry, Weird Colours, and Browser Errors!

Greetings all!
If you've been reading my blog regularly over the past few days, you'll have noticed lots of weird going on with the formatting of this site. Don't worry, it wasn't any browser problem your end, it was all me!
I've spent the past few days hacking the HTML and CSS of this site to bits in a bid to make this blog truly mine. This has meant implementing some coding changes a little out of the ordinary with regard to normal Blogger standards.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Kidney Update. Back Home, Pancake Day, and Other News

Greetings, people of the Interweb net!
It's been almost a week since my release from King's, and happily I was discharged right on schedule that Tuesday, so I managed to make it home for family pancakes.
Prior to my release though, I still had all manner of superfluous tubes sticking out of my body that needed to be dealt with. First and foremost of those was the femoral line that had been placed in my leg for hemo dialysis. I'd felt this thing going in, and I remember when I had my nephrostomy tube taken out a couple of years ago how that felt, so I was not looking forward to this!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Kidney Update. New Catheter SUCCESS!

New things!
First of all, I must stress that I'm high as balls on something I was given for sedation. I may say things that are, let's just say "out of character". I seem to be able to type fine, but I can't talk properly worth a damn. I tried recording my thoughts in a video and posting to YouTube, but failed miserably. Anyway never mind all that bollocks, let's get down to the meat of the issue.
If I talk to you on Facebook, Google hangouts or text message, or if you follow my blog, you'd know Friday saw an ill-fated attempt to insert a new PD catheter in me, despite the very excellent efforts of the surgical team. My heart went apeshit for no real reason other than "it wanted to", and the surgery was aborted.

Today went far better! I was wheeled awkwardly to the dialysis wing on a wheeled chair with the most horrendously stiff and squeaky wheels I have ever observed, desperately clutching the stand of the IV machine I was plugged into. Despite the efforts of this combination of machinery to stymie any real attempt on control, Elaine handled it like an absolute champ, managing to navigate the threshold of the lift as well as several doors on the way to the surgery room. I was laid on the bed, masked up covered in the same sterilising fake-tan stuff as before then given the local anaesthesia. Things felt better this time. I didn't tense up like before, so the injection, while uncomfortable, wasn't that painful. Then came the sedation.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Kidney Update. The New Catheter Adventure

Ok, so this is an update of sorts of my progress, partly to keep people updated, and partly as notes for me because I'm writing a book.
As many of you know I've been dogged with kidney problems for a couple years now, and started Peritoneal Dialysis in November of 2013. A couple weeks ago my PD catheter developed a tunnel infection, and needed to be removed. I had gone to King's College Hospital in London for a regular checkup of the exit site, where the catheter comes out, and was told the catheter had to come out. That day!
Fast forward two weeks ago, which was yesterday. I come back to King's having healed up and become infection free, all ready for the operation to have a new catheter put back in. I was in high spirits as I was prepped for surgery.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Adventures in Coffee

I was reminiscing today after stumbling across a post on Reddit about the "good old days" of Habbo, a game I used to play almost religiously a long long time ago.
I started finding other things like old forum posts, and one in particular made me laugh out loud as I read it all over again. It went something like this

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Why Spangle Hates Me

Ok, so I'm sitting here and I'm feeling wordy, or poetic, or lyrical - or whatever that word is I can't think of because, the truth is, I'm not really feeling any of these things.
But I am feeling the need to get something down because this is one of those things I'm gonna be looking back on in the weeks, months and even years that follow and think "Did I dream that?!"
But no, I didn't dream this. No person of sound body and mind could possibly dream of what I'm about to tell you.

To begin this tale, because I'm sure you're reading the title and thinking "What?!", let us travel back in time a short distance.
The story begins a few years ago. I met my friend Amy, we got on like the proverbial house on fire, I loved all her animals and everything was right and just with the world.
Well I say I loved all her animals, but truth be told, I was never really that taken to cats. I guess you could say I tolerated them, I liked the idea of them, but I was never what you would call "A cat person"

But that was until I met Spangle.