Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- A lovely ride out and a warning for easter DIY

This is getting lovely. Another wonderfully sunny day again.

I woke early as Ray was already up and I had a funny dream again. The drugs cause me to have dreams that seem so real. They tire you out.

The pain is breaking through my sleep more and more. When I breathe in with a deep breath the ribs hurt, a crushing ribs pain, throat hurts and voice going like Orville again, I cant wait to have my scan tomorrow, I need to know whats going on. I keep feeling Im ok though as I still put on weight  and can loose it. That doesn’t sound like a cancer patient does it. Maybe my keeping overweight is the answer to why I have managed to live longer. It is known Chemo works better on a patient that weighs heavier.

We Mesowarriors get like this before a scan. Our minds work overtime.

So as Ray was up we did the house work and  changed the bed together and had an early lunch.

It was so nice we took Louis for a run at Faversham Park. he chased a ball so well and just had a great time. Even off the lead he wasn’t taking any notice of the other dogs around.

He did even bark at a young hoody that was very dirty and snooping about in the Sports shed. Trying to see if a window would open. We live so near the channel tunnel and you could see he was from across the channel. It is sad to see someone so young and so destitute when the farms are so near by to work in.

We finished our walking and playing and drove back home. it was high tide so it was lovely riding back looking at the sea.

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Soon be Easter

If you are a tradesman or you are doing DIY at Easter please remember the Take Five stay alive

A popular building material since the 1950s, asbestos was widely used in homes and commercial buildings until 1999, when it was finally banned. So if you’re working somewhere built or refurbished before 2000, then the chances are it could contain asbestos.

Here are the most common types and uses found in the home:

  • Ceiling tiles
  • Pipe insulation
  • Boilers
  • Sprayed and textured coatings
  • Asbestos cement sheeting
  • Board around windows, radiators and fireplaces
  • Soffit boards
  • Fire doors
  • Gaskets and sealants on pipes
  • Electrical boxes

Other products likely to contain asbestos include:

  • Wall cladding
  • Cement flues
  • Textiles, such as old fire blankets and heat resistant gloves
  • Asbestos paper was also used for lining under tiles and inside metal cladding
  • Loose fill asbestos

Loose fill asbestos was used to insulate industrial and domestic premises so can be found between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces. This is a loose, fluffy insulation material (similar to candyfloss), which may be blue-grey or whitish in colour.

This is probably the most dangerous asbestos-containing material. Loose fill is made up of pure asbestos and if disturbed can release large amounts of fibres in to the air, where they can be breathed in. DO NOTattempt to work on this material under any circumstances unless you are an HSE-licensed contractor.

If you think you’ve found asbestos, before you start work make sure you know what to do to carry out the job safely. Taking just five minutes to assess the risks could save your life and protect your family and friends.


My Interview for BLF Take Five Stay Alive


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