First of all, my apologies for the delay in posting – don’t worry, I am OK, we have had a busy couple of days! And thank you all for your posts. For those that haven’t posted comments before, your first comment goes into a moderation queue (which is why it doesn’t appear immediately) but once moderated, subsequent comments should appear straight away.

We went up to St Thomas’s on Friday for my PET scan – number 19 – which the staff think is a definite record! It was great to see Margaret, the unit manager, and Sally, who is one of the radiolgists on the unit, but I was also greeted like a long lost friend by the lovely technicians that administer the tracer, and the receptionist! I was delighted that Viki, the specialist transplant nurse, was able to get over from Guy’s to see me. Viki has been a tower of strength over the last 8 years – really from first diagnosis, and through the various procedures, and it was Viki who gave me the donor stem cells last year. Friday was (sadly for Guy’s) her last day at the hospital – she is moving on to pastures new at King’s College Hospital – a great gain for them, and I wish her all the very best in her new venture – and my heartfelt thanks for all that you have done for me.

The PET scan itself was uneventful – the usual 90 minute or so wait while the tracer is taken up, followed by the scan itself, taking about 30 minutes. The scan seemed quite quick – perhaps I fell asleep! I certainly felt very relaxed! We finally got home at just before 5pm – it seemed a long day!

OliviaYesterday was quite busy too. My friend (Partner-in-Crime) and fellow Blogmaster, Mark, came round for a cup of tea, then we had a boys’ trip out to Currys and PC World. Nothing too exciting (a new vacuum cleaner, a Freeview box and a browse) but it was good to get out of the house for a while. My strength is certainly returning, as is my appetite Olivia(I am really enjoying bacon sandwhiches again – and this morning I had bacon and sausage sandwiches!) I need to put on a bit of padding – sitting on a wooden chair is quite painful!

However, enough of the talk about about me – I know you really want to see some more photographs of Olivia! Richard asked if I could put any video up – I am investigating that. OliviaOne word of warning – one of the photographs shows me just after I had come out of hospital. Let me assure you that I now look a lot less fragile than I did when the photo was taken! (And my hair is starting to grow back!)

So here we are…

I hope you like them!

11 Responses to “Sunday”

  1. Elspeth on 28 Jan 2007 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank you for the warning, but good to see you anyway. Delighted with the photos of Olivia (thank you), she looks a really good bundle, she must be a true delight for you. Does she live near (and her mum too!)? Also delighted to hear of your escape to something electical – even it was just a vacuum cleaner….
    Definitely Onwards and Upwards, well done.
    L’n’Hs, Elspeth

  2. Richard on 28 Jan 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    Hi Peter.

    As you return to a hairy man status it would be good to try the vid.

    Freeview. I do not know how strong the signal is you your neck of the woods but a reasonably good amp, mine has four outlets, allows for our middling status signal to run several boxes without a problem. Saves arguments 🙂 If you want to be a pain you can watch someone else’s favourite prog on analogue, whilst they are watching in another room on digital, and rush in with expressions like, “this is a good bit”, “I bet the ******** did it” (filling in the spares as appropriate as the delay it quite long enough to have fun with. Putting your clocks right is best on analogue too……pips all over the place.

    Nothing wrong with vacuum cleaners……..or so I am told. I bought one on E-bay to use outside on the cars and when it arrived found it was a carpet cleaner/washer too. French……..but like the wine OK!!!

    Is Olivia talking yet? Genius is meant to have some genetic component.

    As they say being a Grandparent is better than being a parent as you can hand them back. My Grandson has just been round so will have to spend an hour or two tidying now.

    Do you remember skinny skiing at the Restor and the people who should have pressed whatever they were wearing? Just plump up it makes the wrinkles smaller.


  3. Liz on 28 Jan 2007 at 2:20 pm #

    Glad to see the “post” today and the photos. Glad to see that your appetite is coming back too.

    It certainly sounds as if you’ve had a very busy time. Be good!

    Lots of love,

  4. Hilary on 28 Jan 2007 at 4:36 pm #

    Does this mean you are taking on a new venture – cleaning services? If so I could do with you in Wales!

    Was interested in Richard’s comment on skinny skiing. Is that the same as skinny dipping? If so it’s rather mind blowing! And cold I would have thought!

    Olivia looks gorgeous – no doubt she will keep you busy and give you all something positive to focus on. Alongside the vacuuming of couse!!

    Keep the blog going – it causes major panic when you miss a day or two.


  5. Adrian Whyntie on 28 Jan 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    would it be OK to pop round this coming weekend?
    wonderful photos

  6. Peter on 28 Jan 2007 at 6:52 pm #


    Delighted – just give us a call first! (just in case I am gadding about! 🙂 )

    Hilary – Sorry!

    Liz – as if I would be anything but….!

    Richard – still investigating some video…

    Elspeth – Yes – about 2 miles away!

  7. John on 28 Jan 2007 at 7:59 pm #

    Great Pics Peter. I somehow think a few pics of the skinny skiing at the Restor may well drastically increase your blog traffic though. I’ve often thought about writing a book on the virtues of the good old Bacon Sarnie, maybe we could join forces, i’m sure it will be a best seller. At least the research would be good!!!!

    Keep It Up!!

    See Ya!!

  8. Peter on 28 Jan 2007 at 10:51 pm #

    I think Richard meant “The Resort”. It was a virtual resort when we were fellow campaigners to get Broadband into our respective communities about 3 years ago! There were about 3,000 campaigners, and I guess that the widespread use of broadband that we see today indicated that we were successful! We had a lot of fun along the way too! Working with 9and lobbying) BT!

  9. Richard on 28 Jan 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    Sorry about the missing ‘T’.

    Lots of virtual fun and some real fun at the Tower 🙂

    Like the 60’s if you can remember you weren’t ‘there’


    Enough Pimm’s shipped to not need pressing 🙂 🙂

  10. Susie Shackles Riley on 29 Jan 2007 at 10:40 am #

    Morning Handsome.

    Excellent photos of Oliva and you look so proud, I’m sure you’ll have your hands full, she’ll run rings around you and enjoy spending your money! Still the same Peter I love dearly – with or without the hair!!

    Perhaps you did nod off but I wouldn’t worry about that – I feel like doing that often – although its usually when Neil is in waffle mode!! (love you too Neil).

    You sound alot brighter having been out shopping and becoming a domestic god hey – your more than welcome to tickle around my bits with a duster anytime!! Not sure if you have a Maplins near you, but my John seems to spend tons with them!!

    So pleased your back on the bacon/sausage butties, they are devine – sorry vegies but you really are missing a treat especially with butter!!



  11. NeilG on 02 Feb 2007 at 6:25 am #

    How can I let that pass – just because my ditties are better than yours (yes that was meant to be a D). Interesting to see the real story on the blog has become Bacon sarnies and Olivia – not combined of course although I’m use that the Blogmaster will manage to do that somehow.

    Great news about the latest developments and definately O&U.

    Still on for Monday with shackles?

    Couldn’t sleep so got up – the blog does lok better with Opera – problems with IE7 as well.


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