Scan Result

Cindy and I went to the hospital to get the results of a recent CT scan, and they were very positive.

The treatment seems to have been very effective, with all of the tumours shrinking or going entirely. There are still some left however – we knew from the start that the chemo would not cure her, but this scan result gives us hope for a pleasant and healthy summer, autumn and winter. Dr Bottomley said he was very surprised how well it had gone, especially considering how ill Cindy had been during the second treatment.

Tomorrow, Cindy goes in for the final treatment of this round, and then in three weeks time she can have her Hickman line out – which will be a great relief.

40th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday 9th May and Lance and Mary’s 40th Wedding Anniversary. Sorted out several weeks ago what everybody would like to do. So, there was sarah on salads, Jane on champers, Katharine on puds and me on meat and fish and a celebration cake.
We have tried to buy a sundial, but measurements of the sun’s movement have held things up a little and so this will be arriving later.
Arrived at 118 The Mount to assist Katharine with her puddings. She was well in control and Simon was on baby sling duty so we were able to get on with the final preparations. A table for 17 plus Jack plus Grace plus Thomas. Goodness knows what we will do when they’re sitting at the table. L and M will have to move again and buy an even bigger table.
Jane arrived with Richard and Katherine from London. Anne came with Jan and Roland. L and M arrived home from church followed by Edwaqrd and the children from Meeting and finally Will and Sarah with the children.
Following on from drinks, to the table and crack open the champaign with a toast from Edward and then on with the meal. There was a side of salmon with hollindase sauce, salmon eye of beef, green and potato salads, mozerella cheese with tomato and basil and pork pies. Lemon and lime and deep chocolate tarts and fruit salad for pudding. A selection of lovely cheeses that Jan brought.
To walk this lot off Mary took everybody down scarcroft road to look at the progress in the allotment. John and Rose wanted to see if any frogs had arrived in the pond attracted by the addition of the tadpoles the other week, a present from Charles and Tanya’s pond on the Hull road.
On return the cake was cut and tea and coffee made. Jan and Rowland had to get away taking Anne with them and Richard and Katherine followed on with a 6 o clock train to catch. Simon and Katherine departed with a slightly grumpy Thomas and a had a good journey home. We cycled home soon after. A lovely celebration that I think all enjoyed.

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Edward

Edward is deep in SAT’s land this week with light relief provided by a very nice art project creating a pattern using felt that will culminate in a banner.
he has about 4 applications in at the moment and is having a week of doubt that a job is ever going to happen. Something will come up soon I’m sure. We all had a busy weekend and Edward took John and Rose to a music event at the Early Music Centre on Saturday for a show of Indian dance, poetry and music. Greatly enjoyed by all. He then took them all off to Meeting on Sunday while I helped katherine put the finising touches to her puddings for the 40th Wedding Celebration of lance and Mary.

Home Again

Cindy’s back home again, all having gone well with her fifth treatment.

She got home at about 11:30, Lance giving her a lift home from the hospital. She’s been sick a bit, but not too much.

Lovely to have her home.

Day out at the ‘Earth Centre’

Biked to the railway station this morning to catch the train to Connisborough just one stop down the line from Doncaster. We had to amuse ourselves for ha;f an hour waiting for the connection. Toby and Rose found the luggage trolly a good way to pass the time and then Toby decided that we should break into the packed lunch. The Earth Centre was relatively quiet for a bank holiday and we set off with our map to make the most of the full £10 package. Simulator first followed by the climbing wall . Toby, John and Rose made good work of this and then after a change of harness ascended the tower to leap offf on the zip wire. It looked massively tall and John assured me it looked a very long way down when you’re standing on the platform. Pirates adventure playground followed by the laser storm at which point Edward and I decided to abandon them and discover the cafe for a drink. Onto mini golf, Toby won, and archery which was at the furthest end of the centre and very chilly so I set offf for the sub tropical clime of the sewage processing greenhouse. More climbing wall, zip wire and laser storm and then onto Amazon adventure finishing off with the simulator. Another half hour wait at Doncaster causing a few moans that you didn’t have to wait if you came by car. Everybody very tired, but managed to cycle home. All the children are really good at cycling now and Rose is getting more road confident. We all had a great day and Toby even had a bit of energy left to play an hours’ tennis with Luke Holman.

Feeling Better

Cindy’s been off chemo since Wednesday, and is now feeling much healthier. She has spent most of the afternoon in town with Rose, who had birthday money burning a hole in her pocket. Cindy was able to enjoy pottering around for several hours – much more than she could have managed earlier in the week. Her mouth ulcers are mostly gone and her hands are starting to feel better.

Everyone except me is getting ready for Pauline and Lal’s wedding – I went with John today to choose a new shirt and Cindy is busy deciding which shoes she should add to her collection. Toby, John and Rose are looking forward to it especially because they’ll get a day off school – which is why I can’t go.

Toby has spent all day out, first in town with his friends and then watching Huddersfield Town play football (unfortunately they lost and so are still not guaranteed promotion). He’s just phoned on his new mobile to say they are just leaving the car park in Huddersfield. I think that was probably his first phone call.

I’m going to go and open a bottle of chilled white wine and sit in the yard with Cindy and enjoy the sunshine.