Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- Horses, Scan And Jeremy Vines Show.


When Ray took Louis for a walk he meet the horses in the field that he always talks to. Louis doesnt take any notice of them

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The white one doesnt leave the taller brown on alone for a minute always nipping and licking.

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Such cheeky things Ray would love to feed them but your not really supposed to , are they really happy out in all weathers??

I had to keep busy as my scan appointment was 4.30 but Ray wanted to set off. We had to try and find somewhere to park after traveling to Margate hospital. We parked in the staff. we didnt mean to but they have been remarking the car park and putting new paying stations in. They have left old signs up so what we thought was visitors car park was actually Staff so we crossed our fingers had hoped we got away with that.

Then when we went to the CT Scan room err they have rebuilt it and expanded the size. It is very nice. I was told I should have gone to Canterbury doh!! I couldnt make out why I had done that but checking  my letter it is raised by Margate now as they make the appointments at the hospitals for all the scan in East Kent. So their address is on the letter but I was so interested in when the scan was I didnt concentrate, on where. The nurse said its been happening a lot so they are fitting me in.

So I sat and waited.

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I got the robe and dressing gown on, I wonder why Margate makes you dress up like a nerd and Canterbury does the scans in my trousers and tops??

There was a lovely couple next to us laughing and messing about they made us smile. He was a kind man. I thought the lady was his daughter but while I was in getting my scan down she was asking Ray what was the matter with me and Ray told her everything. He doesnt talk that often about it but now and again he pours his heart out. She was amazed at all the things I was doing to get Asbestos banned fully. He has passed my card to her I hope she does get in touch as she was very nice.

The scanner was brand new in a brand new room. Very impressed.  I had to go into head first, that was a change.  It seemed very small as you go up high into the doughnut and it passes over you body. The contrast went in my vein and it traveled warm and tingly around my body with a taste in my mouth also. All the Breath in -hold-breath out was done I was lowered down and I went back to have the canula taken out.  The nurse started to tell me they had a man in the morning but he had thickenings so he was ok. She said her father in law had died with Mesothelioma at 41 so she knew all about it. We had a long chat as she drew out the long canula and I held he pad as she stuck a plaster.  Isnt funny nearly everyday someone different talks to me so how is it rare.???

This link will last for 6 days but Jeremy had a discussion about Mesothelioma today

For 25 years, she dedicated herself to educating children.

A passionate teacher, Marion Potts proudly pinned her pupils’ work to her classroom walls.

She had no idea this simple gesture was exposing her to asbestos that would eventually lead to her death.

Marion Potts was head of English at The Romsey School, in Hants,but retired two years ago due to ill healthMarion Potts was head of English at The Romsey School, in Hants,but retired two years ago due to ill health 

The 63-year-old, who had worked at numerous schools across the country and abroad, died in June from mesothelioma, a cancer associated with the toxic substance.

An inquest heard the only place she could have been exposed to it was at school, where it can be released from walls in older buildings when displays are put up with drawing pins.

Mrs Potts, known to friends as Jane, is one of more than 140 UK teachers to die from mesothelioma over the past decade, leading to calls to remove asbestos from schools. At her inquest in Southampton, coroner Keith Wiseman said: ‘Mrs Potts particularly mentioned a variety of occasions – such as basic matters like putting up a display with drawing pins – where this material would come out of the walls or when they were damaged by pupils.’

Recording a verdict of death from industrial disease, Mr Wiseman added: ‘I hope all the necessary steps are taken in the future to ensure the elimination of this substance.’

Marion Potts last worked at Romsey School in Hampshire which has been declared safe by Hampshire County Council. It is not known where she was exposed to asbestosMarion Potts last worked at Romsey School in Hampshire which has been declared safe by Hampshire County Council. It is not known where she was exposed to asbestos
Marion Potts was head of English at The Romsey School and was described as 'passionate' and 'caring'Marion Potts was head of English at The Romsey School and was described as ‘passionate’ and ‘caring’ 

The inquest heard it was not known at which school the teacher was exposed to asbestos. She retired from her most recent position as the head of English at The Romsey School, in Hampshire, two years ago after falling ill. Before that she worked at the New Forest Academy in Holbury. But education bosses insist that both Hampshire schools where Mrs Potts worked are safe.

Only last year an all-party Parliamentary group warned that 75 per cent of schools nationwide expose children and staff to asbestos. Mrs Potts’ husband Michael, 63, a retired banker, called for it to be removed from schools immediately and said he was considering legal action.

Around 2,500 people died from asbestos related illnesses in the UK in 2008 with millions thought to be affectedAround 2,500 people died from asbestos related illnesses in the UK in 2008 with millions thought to be affected 

He added: ‘You usually associate the disease with dockers or those working in industrial jobs, not teachers. These buildings are 50 years old and asbestos will come out because kids are always running around, banging into things and people stick things into the wall. She was never made aware of these dangers.’

Former colleagues described Mrs Potts as ‘dedicated and passionate’.

Jonathan de Sausmarez, executive head at The Romsey School, said: ‘Jane was a very good teacher, very thorough and very professional. She cared very much for the students.’

Hampshire County Council leader Roy Perry said the authority had been ‘managing’ asbestos in schools since 1997. He  added: ‘We inspected all asbestos-containing materials at the New Forest Academy in August and can reassure staff, governors, parents and pupils that the school site is safe.

‘Romsey School will have been checked by the council from 2005 onwards, prior to becoming an academy, and it would have received a clean bill of health as we are not aware of any problem there.’

Asbestos was widely used in the UK as a building material up until 1985 when the use of most types was banned. It was completely banned from new buildings in 1999.

The toxic material is closely associated with Second Consortium of Local Authorities schools, which are prefab buildings developed as a temporary measure in the 1960s in response to the baby boom.

National Union of Teachers  representative Pete Sopowski said: ‘There’s a huge problem in schools. It’s a case of which schools don’t have it rather than which do.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514958/Caring-teacher-died-exposed-asbestos-hanging-pupils-work-contaminated-classroom-walls-25-years.html#ixzz2m4Seept7
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