Sunday… Overdue for an update!

OliviaAn update is long overdue, but first, as it has been quite a while since I posted a picture of Olivia, here is one taken a couple of weeks ago. She is very much a little girl, now aged 21/2 years old, and very mobile, very determined and quite able to make herself understood, with a vocabulary that is increasing daily!

I have had a busy two weeks since I last posted, finishing off some coursework for the last University module I completed, and last week, back at Cranfield for another module, with an exam at the end of it. New serverI have also had some results from last year’s work, and while one result from coursework was disappointing, I had made up for it in the exam, so I passed it, and I think I have enough credits for the PgCert, so I am now working towards the PgDip.

Last week’s course was quite intensive, but the exam seemed to go well, and I should get some results in about six weeks. I am now waiting for the coursework!

I have also been doing some computer stuff at home, and I have built a new server for the blog, one that will use less power and be a bit quieter. I moved the webserver onto it this morning, and it all seems to be working well! New serverThe pictures show the internals as I was building it, the main feature being nodedicated processor cooling fan, and only one small case fan that just switches on when required. The other picture shows the two disc drives (2.5″) in a RAID 1 configuration, which also consume less power.

Healthwise things have been a bit mixed. While I have been feeling well, and putting on a bit more weight, I have had an occurrence of the sore mouth, coinciding with a meal out with some very tasty chilli nachos about 3 weeks ago. I have been taking some medication that I have used before, and it is much better, but yesterday I had a letter from Guy’s confirming what I had thought, that I had a slight infection, and suggesting some other treatment to clear it up properly.

And there is another milestone tomorrow when I go up to St Thomas’s for the last planned session of ECP. It has certainly made a big difference to my health, and the GvHd seems to be under control. However if it does flare up again, there is always the option to have another course of the treatment.

So really on all fronts, it is ‘Onwards and Upwards’!

8 Responses to “Sunday… Overdue for an update!”

  1. Richard on 07 Jun 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    Good luck tomorrow………….crossed digits and things


  2. Stephen Benson on 07 Jun 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Good luck Peter.
    I have spent a bit of time at Cranfield – using their business school. There is an excellent pub just down the road, can’t remember its name, but the steaks are fantastic, especially good for sore mouths!!


  3. Peter on 07 Jun 2009 at 8:47 pm #


    Thank you – should be routine!

    Stephen – my course is run at the Shrivenham Campus, I guess you go to the main one?

  4. Gill on 08 Jun 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Tell me about chilli!!! The methotrexate I take for the rheumy has made my stomach very sensitive, so chilli is now on the no-no list along with wine of over 12% – bummer. My saviour in English wine – luckily you can find some drinkable brews now, I’ve found several in Hants along with the fairly well known ones in Sussex and Surrey.

    Good luck with the docs and tests!!!

  5. Richard on 08 Jun 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Gill, he’s not being doctored is he?

    ………….I suppose you could try a warmer drier climate…………back to the Resort ………..see you there.


  6. Peter on 08 Jun 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Richard, I think you are confusing Gill with Gill! 2 Gills!

    Gill, think I may have had that at some stage, but if I recall correctly, there were offer side effects that prevented the consumption of chilli dishes – not least was the sore mouth!

  7. Richard on 08 Jun 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    Sorry I’ll look out for the ‘ian next time………. 🙁

  8. Roger on 14 Jun 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Good news with the ECP, both concerning the last session, but also the improvement it has made to your health.

    With everything you have on the go at any one time, it doesn’t appear to slow you down!

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