Mesothelioma-My Diary –Week 3 day 5 of the Chemo and Drug Trial. –camping shop and tyre workshop visit.

I got up 1 hour to early as I haven’t put the clock back in the bedroom -silly me.

I had breakfast and a shower when Rod Skyped so Ray took the call and the two men had a long chat.

We went out in the car and wished we hadn’t as Ray found a screw in the side wall of the Tyre, a very weird place to find one.

Lucky we were going to the camping shop at Whitstable and there is a Tyre workshop next door.

We went into the camping shop and bought a fire bucket for the C&Camping Club rallies as they like you to have one out.

Also bought a new water carrier as i love fresh water for making tea and coffee, the water from a tank always has a taste to it although this is always a topic of conversation with Motor Homers, some say they cant taste or smell it but I always can.

From there we took the car to the tyre workshop and the man took the screw out and there was a shhhhhhhhhhh as the air escaped.

He couldn’t patch that up so a new tyre it was.

Ray, Louis and I walked through the high street while we waited, we called in at what we thought was a new art shop and lessons were being held ha ha !! so embarrassed as we disturbed the budding artist’s.


We walked on and called in at the bank and the butchers and also the pet shop, with shopping down we went back and collected our car.

The car is up in the air

Back home for lunch and a nod off as I was tired out by then.

Sleeping Beauty color page disney coloring pages, color plate, coloring sheet,printable coloring picture

I woke up and then my son phoned to see how I was, he cant come to terms with the fact Im on the trial and asked “But will this take it all away”  How can I keep saying that this is still palative care as there is no cure, how can I keep breaking his heart, bless him he wants me cured and back to normal. Life can be so cruel.

I have pushed the boundaries now to over 3 years so I have been very lucky with the treatment I have had so far.

Ray has been painting away so he is back into his art again which I love to see.  He needs to have his hobbies to take his mind off things.  Rays Blog same story different way of telling it ha ha !!!

Mesothelioma-My Diary Week 3 Day 4- All the fun of Halloween, witches and broomsticks.

I have had a super weekend if totally tiring weekend, but hey you just have to “go for it” sometimes.

We spent Halloween at the sweetest little Infant and Junior School, well they call it Primary School nowadays at Cliftonville

Saturday we had a nice walk around Cliftonville and it was so mild.

A little Activity Centre fills the play Ground up

The playground is full of Little play things

The sea view from the school

The Boat was all lit up at night and it looked like a Liner at sea but was infact a dredger

In the evening we had a Halloween party with music, dancing and lots to eat

Us with our friend Lorraine --who won the Competition-My goodness I wish I had recorded he wicked laugh it was enough to frighten anybody.

This is a Photo as Lorraine gradually painted her face

How Lorraine looks in real life, it was so difficult to see that when she had the paint on

All the witches flew on saturday Night

We put the hour back last night so I had a good lie in.

The weather was still so mild as we had another walk around today and played with Louis on the green in front of the school aver looking the sea.

We went into coffee morning where we talked about all the new rallies of the C&CC for 2012 and so next year is full of more fun for us and  my friends.

We got home and I zonked out again after dinner I was worn out, it must be all the laughing and talking We do but it was a good weekend  rays blog xxxx


Mesothelioma, My Diary. Day 2&3 of Week 3 Drug and Chemo trial, camping weekend

We are rallying at a lovely little school at Cliftonville, right on the seafront, and the view is so nice.
All so peaceful and quiet and the weather is very mild, if a little cloudy.
when we got to the Motorhome yesterday to drive down here, I had left a carton of milk in the fridge and it had blown in all the heat we have had since September and I hadn’t been down as I have been wrapped up in Medical visits.
Gosh it was a mess and we had to have a fridge cleaning exercise before we could drive off. I won’t be doing that again that’s for sure.
The drive down was very good as it was gone 5pm so we arrived in a great mood raring to have a great time with our friends here.
We had a long chat and a laugh last night in the hall and all went to bed so late that I slept in this morning, which was lovely.
We took Louis for a long walk and found a shop to buy snacks for tonight’s Kentish Supper and Halloween party.
I’m doing very well today as today is a good day.

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Mesothelioma My Diary- Week 3 day 1 drug only trial– what a wait.

Drug day today so had to make sure the dog was walked early and I was (according to Ray to my friend ) in a bad mood. I hadn’t realised I was but I think I might be.

I feel so wound up for some reason. I didnt mean to sound awful to Ray but I said ” I have cancer which Im trying so hard to find a treatment that can work and Im taking all these crap drugs into me. Of coarse Im in a bad mood. I cant be an Angel 24 hours a day every day. Im so fearful sometimes.

My friend had come to see me to make sure Im ok and she gets a domestic –you can tell she is a good firend and she made me sit down and tell her what is really getting me worked up.

I said I just want to walk away from all this illness, to be able to cope again and run my house like I used to.

She being wonderful soon had me laughing again and I walked down to the car and saw her off and we traveled to Maidstone, with me feeling like a naughty girl that had thrown a strop.

By the time we arrived at Maidstone Hospital with me in a better mood.

I booked in and then waited an hour before being called in. I was welcomed by the nurses’s and sat in the chair—I had forgotten to take my Paracetamol on the way to hospital so I had to be given those.

The drug was put up and the connection put in my wrist.

Like last week the syringe wouldn’t fit into the machine or it wouldn’t be accepted by the machine.

It took and hour of trying and then they realised that the syringe was to small and not made by the same company that the machine needed, so as to fit.

The other man down stairs in Charles Dickens ward (he is on the trial with me) had the right Syringe so thats when the penny dropped so the very clever nurse wrapped gauze around mine and low and behold it worked.

Poor Ray it would mean I would be leaving him for 2 hours so the nurse contacted the front desk to get Ray with me, we didn’t realise they would say why i wanted him and scare him.

So with Ray knowing and me settled down, an hour went by as the drug dripped into my vein.

The lovely garden where it will be nice to sit on a warm day.

So that was it I was disconnected and ready for home but it was 4.30pm –such a long time tired but feeling so much better.

We got to the carpark and off to home  and Dinner.

No Chemo tablet this week I have a week free– thank goodness maybe I wont be so tired –yawn ahhhhhh!!


Rays blog I keep saying sorry and he says now stop that xxx

Mesothelioma My Diary –Day 7 Week 2 of trial Chemo –I got wet and angry and my shoes squeaked

Rays Blog bless he has to be so patient with me xxx

Wednesday —

It rained all night on and off so the morning came as a nice surprise as the sun shone.

Ray’s computer was ready for collection so I decided to  do some washing and then we could go to collect it and take the dog for his walk.

Now i have been wearing flip flops all summer so my toes get soft and I hate wearing shoes as they make my toes very sore and they have to harden off.

So i put the washing out on the line and said. Oh the weather is lovely lets go now and I wont need a coat or shoes. The traffic was horrendous as we drove into Whitstable and so it was taking so long to get to the shop where they have a private car park at the back, that Ray drove round to a car park by the harbour.  That doesn’t matter, I said, we can walk back from here —then the heavens opened. It poured down and I looked so stupid walking along in flip flop’s and no coat.

I swear I will never do that again, as my sense of humour went down the drain with the rain. I just hoped nobody was looking at my feet.

we got o the shop and ray picked up his computer and we quickly walked back to the car. Although it stopped raining my feet squeaked in my crock flip flops.

We got back home and had some lunch and then i slept so much again. I hate this sleeping. It didnt matter on Chemo 1 as I was being so sick and so it was great to sleep but this time this constant tiredness is not nice.

We took the dog for a walk late afternoon and the weather was good again but the clouds were rolling in again

We did manage to get round this time without getting wet and thank goodness.

A very interesting article was published today covering Asbestos in Schools which is a subject Im very interested in.

The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) calls for a national audit of asbestos in school buildings after figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that of the small number of academies inspected approximately 60% had enforcement action taken against them for failing to adequately manage the asbestos in their buildings. Government estimates are that 75% of all UK schools have buildings that comprise asbestos containing materials.

JUAC Chair, Julie Winn, today said:

“Figures from the HSE suggest that there is a significant problem of asbestos management in schools. Of the relatively small sample of non-local authority schools inspected by HSE approximately 60% of the academies, 32% of the independent fee paying schools and 22% of the non-local authority schools had enforcement action taken against them. We simply do not know the true extent of the problem; this could just be the tip of the iceberg.

“The Government accepts the recommendation from the James Review of Capital Spending for there to be a national collection of data on the condition of all school buildings in the UK. JUAC believes it is vital that this includes an audit of the extent and type and condition of the asbestos in UK school buildings.

“JUAC agrees with the HSE’s recent conclusion that raising awareness around asbestos produces benefits to dutyholders and workers is in fact a key component in the AiS* and JUAC campaign. Raising awareness and improved training in the management of asbestos is fundamental to health and safety in UK schools containing asbestos.

However for the HSE to suggest that most schools have adequate arrangements in place for managing asbestos in the absence of a national collection of data on the condition of all school buildings which includes an audit of the extent, type and condition of the asbestos within them, is like saying what you don’t know can’t hurt you.”

Further information:
HSE press release of 14 October 2011 and summary of findings
Voice Press Office
Voice Solicitor David Brierley
Tel: 01332 372 337
JUAC Chair Julie Winn:
Tel: 0113 245 0733
*Asbestos in Schools (AiS): /

Mesothelioma Diary– Day 6 Week 2 of Chemo and Drug trial —Bloods taken today and a wild time getting to the hospital.

I had a lovely nights sleep last night and I thought I wouldn’t after sleeping all day. I must have needed to catch up.

We took Louis for an early walk so that we could shut him up as we went to Canterbury.

I had to go to the Vampire session at the hospital and I said to Ray we can go up to Bridge and Park up at the New Dover Road park and ride. Well we came off the A2 at bridge and I turned Ray to the left and it should have been to the right, so we ended up  going past the Howletts  Zoo

It was packed and of coarse it was half term

October Half Term Fiendish Fun!

Amur tiger with pumpkin 2
Black rhino with Pumpkin 1

This October half term Howletts Wild Animal Park will come alive with special Halloween events and educational activities. Join the Pumpkin Trail as you search for clues around the park and find out some scary facts about our animals. Take part in our Animal Enrichment programmes as you get the chance to prepare animal feeds with a Halloween twist and more fun activities!

Pumpkin Trail – Search for clues around the park and find out some scary facts about our animals

Animal Enrichment – Prepare animal feeds with a Halloween twist*

Creepy Crawlies – Get up close and learn about some of our bugs*


Looks good but we had to get to the hospital and ended up doing a 20 mile trip as we traveled along to the Deal Road and back into Canterbury to the Wincheap Park and Ride to park up and get to the hospital, I said to Ray are you still talking to me xxx

We finally made it and had my bloods done in 5 mins –so quick after all that time we spent getting there. I have looked on global earth and can see where we went wrong.

Well we went out side and caught the Bus back to the Carpark and went shopping in Morrisons and boy was that packed. So many Mothers and children so packed and noisy it was hard as I dont know the shop well and as I didn’t know where everything was I was getting lost here as well.

I did what I could and siad to Ray I have had enough lets go so we paid for the goods and got out fast.

So many children and so many little hands touching things I get worried about germs while my resistance is low with the Chemo, thank goodness I have had the flu jab.

Traveled home, talked to my friend Sue about her Mum and how she isnt getting on at the hospital as they are always mucking up her appointments, bless then we came in doors and put the shopping away.

the weather had been lovely, such a warm day as the sun has so much heat in it still.

I cooked a dinner and watched telly and then took Louis for a nice 5pm walk which he appreciated but now at 6.30pm there is a thunder storm and very heavy rain crashing on our roof.

Snuggle down now and have a lovely evening

Rays blog –gosh he tells the truth xxx

Mesothelioma Diary Week 2 day 5 of Chemo Trial — ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ slept all day.

Well I haven’t much to report today as I got up at 4.55 am stayed up and did try to have a sleep in the armchair but couldnt.

Answered all my emails had breakfast and that was it all I have done all day is sleep.

I have finished my Steroids so whether my body has made up for the hype  they cause I just dont know.

I woke up for a shower and we did take the dog for a walk, came back had a lunch and then Zonk zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Woke up now and again then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz all afternoon.

I think my body is making up for all the sleep lost since I started the Trial.

I finally came around at 4.30pm and cooked a great dinner of Pork Chop, onions, jacket potatoe, corn and green beans and apple sauce.

So I still have a good appetite and I have come round this evening and more awake now. Hope I can sleep tonight now.

I have got to have my bloods done tomorrow at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital so I should be more awake then –we will see.   Rays Blog for today


Just had a funny time with a very bad pain in the Lung –sweat and put a cold flannel round my neck. When it died off i told Ray to make me a coffee— Ray made me a coffee and I took pain killer –oooo is this the drugs and Chemo working. Feel very much better but have been told off by Ray as i didn’t tell him as i didn’t want to worry him. xxxxxx