MarySmith’sPlace ~ So much to tell you! Cancer Diary #36

Isle of Lewis

Tuesday, 20 July: When I took my blogging break at the beginning of June I expected it to be for two weeks. Yet, here we are: over six weeks later and I’m only now getting myself together to write an update. It’s a long one, but I’ll put in some nice pics to break it up a bit.

I’d decided to take a break from blogging and social media partly because I was heading off for our first holiday since 2019 with the DH, our son and his partner and partly because for the first time ever, writing wasn’t helping me to process what I was feeling about my cancer and what was happening in my life. Although there was the really good news the cancer was under control for now, I was worried about my cough and breathlessness, which the oncologist seemed to think wasn’t likely to get much better. The research I did about my radiation-induced fibrosis was also pretty disheartening.

We went to the Isle of Lewis and Harris, the main island of the Outer Hebrides. It is stunningly beautiful from moorland to mountain, from lochs to beaches with miles of white sand and the amazing Calanais Standing Stones. Visiting them has been on my must-see list for a long time and was also partly a pilgrimage in Sue’s name as she was there two years before.

Social distancing was not an issue on such beaches
Calanais Stones, Lewis – older even than Stonehenge

I have to say, though, the edge was taken off my enjoyment because of my fears about the fibrosis. At the back of my mind was a constant niggle about how I’ve been left with worse health issues than before I started treatment. Alive, yes, which I wouldn’t have been without treatment, but … It’s hard to explain without sounding totally ungrateful for the treatment which has kept me alive – though it has scarred my lung, left me breathless and unable to enjoy the walking which was so much a part of my life and has even given talking to friends on the phone a nightmarish quality as I have to keep pausing to cough. Getting dressed has me puffing and panting. There are books I want to write, and poems, but my brain isn’t functioning at that level and I fear it might never again. That’s before the weight gain which I hate. It’s taken me less than a year to put on two stone (28 pounds but you’ll have to work out the kilos if that’s your thing) and it will take about two years to lose it again – do I really want to spend that amount of time counting calories and trying to exercise more. Back we come to the breathlessness on exertion.

Got to get a lamb in somehow!

Once back home I continued to try to find out more about pulmonary fibrosis. I asked the specialist nurse to ask the oncologist what, if anything can be done to alleviate the symptoms – because, of course, I can’t ask directly. When I meet the oncologist I always have my list of questions ready but other questions arise depending on the responses and sometimes it’s after the meeting ends I work out what I need to ask.

I had another telephone consultation with the lung physio who previously provided me with various techniques to suppress my cough – though this was before we knew about the fibrosis. She spent time explaining that my fibrosis is not the progressive kind and now that the cause – radiation – has been removed it should not become worse. She also said she’d ask the respiratory consultant to speak to me – which she did the same day in the evening. If only I’d had such detailed explanations earlier I would have enjoyed my holiday so much more.

I find it puzzling how some people in the medical profession are excellent at understanding how the patient feels and at communicating in a clear, understandable way – and, best of all, don’t seem to mind the questions – yet others seem so totally focussed on the treatments they lose sight of the patient’s need to know and understand what’s going on.

The conversations with these two people made me feel much more positive, not least because the consultant explained the tiredness from treatment was likely, in her experience, to continue for about a year and I shouldn’t be despondent about not returning immediately to my past fitness levels.

I was planning to re-join the blogosphere – when the DH went down with Covid. He has been super-cautious since my cancer diagnosis last summer when the oncologist warned me if I contracted Covid it would kill me as the chemotherapy would destroy my immune system. He never left the house without a mask, kept his distance from people and had been double-vaccinated.

I was rather chuffed with my lupins this year – and so grateful I had a garden in which to potter while self-isolating

I received a text telling me to get tested and to self-isolate. This was easy enough when the DH was in hospital but when he was discharged and we have to continue the self-isolation under one roof it was a bit trickier – thank goodness we have a large flat and we have a garden. Anyone thinking it would be a mild dose as he’d been vaccinated should hope they don’t get to find out what a mild dose is really like. I hate to think what it would have been like had he not been vaccinated because his cough was horrific. For a while, it was far worse than mine. He couldn’t even record a message on the answering machine to say he would be off work for a week and not responding to calls or texts without having paroxysms of coughing. It didn’t stop someone leaving a message practically the next day asking him to order equipment but on the whole his clients were patient and supportive.

How I didn’t get it, I don’t know. I can only assume my immune system has bucked up since I finished chemo and radiotherapy and have been eating well and taking a liquid iron supplement and getting out whenever I can.

I could fill several blog posts on the absolute nightmare of trying to find a venue in Dumfries & Galloway where the personnel on duty will actually carry out the Covid test rather than supervise people doing it themselves. I do not believe I am the only person in the region who is too much of a wimp to stick an extra-long cotton bud down to her tonsils and so far up her nose her brain cells start to explode. I can just about cope when a qualified person is carrying out the test as long as I have something to hang on to and twist!  I spent a day online and ringing round and finally a wonderful person on the NHS feedback phone line said she’d see what she could do and turned up trumps by getting me an appointment where a nurse would do the test.

I’ve managed to get out for walks but whereas a couple of months ago this walk round the Threave Castle osprey walk would have taken 40 minutes (if I didn’t stop to talk) I now have to stop a couple of times to rest.
Lovely Belted Galloway cattle – poor sods can hardly pause in their munching because the nutrition levels in this field are practically zero because the farmer isn’t allowed to fertilise the field.

The DH is slowly recovering – his cough is not quite as bad as mine now – and so I thought again about getting back to my blog. Then, I found a strange lump on my neck which I’d not noticed before. The GP thought it might be an enlarged lymph node, took bloods to check for any infection and as there was no sign of any, contacted the oncologist’s secretary. The specialist nurse called to tell me he was going to arrange a CT scan. When I asked where, he said in the local hospital. I said I meant where on me, which bit of me was to be scanned? He said chest and abdomen. I pointed out the lump was on my neck.

Someone called the next day to say I’d been booked in for an ultrasound. If it shows up anything suspicious I’ll have a biopsy done. Specialist nurse had gone to the radiology department to explain the situation (and my comment about the lump being on my neck) and it had been suggested an ultrasound would be a better first step than a CT scan. I’m just so glad I made a point of mentioning the lump is in my neck.

The ultrasound is tomorrow, Wednesday 21 July. I looked at last year’s diary and I had my PET scan on 29 July. I’m hoping it might be nothing more than an indication I have had an infection recently – maybe I was the one who got Covid and recovered! But, I have to be honest and admit I’m very nervous about what might be found. And, it is far too hot here to wear the kick ass boots!   

Anyway, this must be the longest update I’ve written done which I suppose serves me right for not keeping up to date with things.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been checking up on me, whether directly or through mutual friends and bloggers. I truly appreciate your concern and kind thoughts.  

I want to go back to Lewis & Harris

174 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace ~ So much to tell you! Cancer Diary #36

  1. I will be praying for a good result tomorrow (By the time you read this, it will be today). So nice to hear from you, Mary. Sorry, your husband got Covid, but glad you were spared. I will look forward to the next update.

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    • I think it’s quite miraculous I didn’t get it – unless I did but it was very mild. Glad you like the pics. How is your daughter doing? PM me if you’d rather not answer on here. xx

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  2. How lovely to hear from you again Mary and i want to go to Lewis and Harris too! Poor coughing DH but well done you for not getting covid. The photo of the ewe and lamb standing their ground on the rock while a big white cloud seems to be shoving them is great and as for the wee coo – I think she might be a blue-grey like Dad had – very beautiful. I’ve killed all my lupins long ago. I like them but don’t think they compete well with nettles and docks.I have my fingers crossed that they tell you the lump is nothing serious. You’ve already been through enough for one year/lifetime. Lots of love and cuddles,
    Juliet xx

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  3. I’m so happy to see the notification of your post in my email! Just about as happy as hearing your DH was able to recover. It is now well known that some of the people who have had the vaccinations are getting covid-19.

    Praying that the lump on your neck is benign and you’ll be able to start enjoying more walks very soon.

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  4. What an eventful six weeks, Mary! Lewis and Harris looks like an idyllic getaway, with a wonderful beach by the looks of it. I’m sorry you continue to struggle with breathlessness and fatigue, such a challenge to face daily. And the DH getting Covid, oh dear. I’m vaccinated, but now see that can give me false confidence. Just today, I decided that after being told we can go mask-free, I’m rethinking it, and choosing to mask up anyway. I see that is a wise choice now.
    I’m sending you lots of good thoughts for tomorrow. I hope it all goes smoothly. ❤

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    • Thanks, Kim, I’m glad to be back though I don’t feel I’m back to full throttle yet! As for Covid despite being vaccinated – I fear a lot of people feel complacent once they’ve had both vaccinations and taking risks they wouldn’t have. The illness may be milder but that’s not to say it’s nothing – as you’d know if you heard the DH coughing! It’s not so bad now thankfully.

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  5. Mary, you’ve been through so much, that is terrible! I hope things go well tomorrow. Your trip sounded absolutely beautiful – I love those sort of places, and especially the stones. I was shocked to hear DH felt so sick despite vaccination, the poor things. Sending loving hugs. Toni x

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  6. How lovely it is at Calanais at sunset! Hope you get back. Was in hospital myself with an exploded appendix, and thought of you while lying there in a heap of infection. Well looked after but not fun. Hang in there. X

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    • Calais is pretty special and I’d love to go back – but also want to visit the other islands. So sorry to hear about your exploding appendix and hope you are feeling better.

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  7. I would have worried not seeing you write, had I not caught a glimpse of you, alone (now I know why) walking back from medical centre. Nothing but admiration for your poor assaulted body . Huge affection for your amazing spirit. Hope writing again is helping the processing. Thinking of you today. Lovely pics.

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    • Thanks, Carolyn. Today went as well as it could when I had to have a biopsy done as the ‘lump’ was three lymph nodes which look a bit dodgy – so the waiting game begins all over again. Glad you like the pics.

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  8. It’s great to hear from you Mary. I have been thinking about you and hoping you were okay. Sorry to hear your hubby got covid but glad you were ok. My eldest daughter got covid but thankfully was only really Ill for 4 days. Take care, and hope the scan is ok. xxx

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    • It really is beautiful, Cathy. I’d like to go back as although it’s not a huge island thee is lots we didn’t manage to see. Today was OK but the doctor decided the lymph nodes didn’t look right so did a biopsy. Now, we wait 😦

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  9. I am so pleased to get this blog post as I have been concerned. Glad hubby is feeling better. Your trip to the islands looks wonderful. Love the pictures, especially the stones. Good luck for today. Thoughts and prayers are with you. xo

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  10. HI Mary, I have been concerned and wondering why there have been no posts from you. During the last six week period my dad has been very ill with a misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism so I have been distracted. He is improving now but it has been a haul. I am sorry to hear about DH’s covid and a bit horrified to know he needed hospitalisation after being vaccinated twice. That’s not good news. I pray for a good outcome for you today with your scan.

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    • Oh, Robbie, my two week blogging break just seemed to stretch on with all sorts of things happening. I’m sorry to hear about your dad being ill. That’s what I had a year ago and when they did the CT scan to look for the blood clots they found the tumour on my lung as well. If I hadn’t had the blood clots we wouldn’t have known about the cancer. I hope your dad gets on all right.
      Yes, we were horrified about the DH’s Covid despite the double vaccination. He was sent to hospital because he didn’t respond to what the doctor initially thought was a chest infection for which he had antibiotics. Everyone admitted to hospital has a Covid test and he was upset his came back positive. They discharged him the next day so he was only in for 2 days and didn’t need intensive care.
      At the end of last year I really hoped this year would be better but for so many people it isn’t. Take care.

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    • Thanks, Douglas. It felt good to be writing it all down again. The ultrasound led to a biopsy so if you don’t mind could you keep fingers and toes crossed for the ten days it will take for the result to come through 🙂

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  11. Thank you for sharing what has been happening to you. Horrible for you and your husband that he got Covid but good he is recovering. Great that you got to Hatris and Lewis, it looks wonderful, I would love to go one day. Fingers crossed that news is good after CT scan. All best Susan xxx

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    • Do try to visit Lewis & Harris – really is wonderful. And I was thrilled to visit the Calanais Stones – amazing.
      It has been a full on six weeks one way or another. The ultrasound today led tot he doctor doing a biopsy on lymph nodes in my neck so now I have to wait for the result and try not to think about the worst case scenarios – so keep your fingers crossed for ten days, please. xx

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  12. It’s so good to hear from you Mary, I want to wish you well with the scan today! Perhaps kick ass Sandals or flipflops are in order in this weather!
    Sorry The DH had Covid it’s horrible isn’t it we’ve had two cases in our family. I do hope he is well on the mend now …it does linger though.
    Anyhow take care and be positive, mind you , you are one of the most positive people I know. Love you loads. 💜💜💜

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    • Hi Willow, it’s definitely too hot for kick-ass boots just now – not that I’m complaining about the sunshine. The DH is definitely on the mend though I think he’d like to be better quicker – still gets tired easily. Thanks for your good wishes for the scan – all done and now we wait. So much waiting!

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    • Thank you, Pete. If you could just keep your fingers crossed for the next ten days until the biopsy result comes through that would be good!
      Glad you liked the photos – I included the cows specially for you 🙂

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  13. I was so pleased to hear how you are getting on and in a week when I have been receiving daily bulletins from a friend who is on holiday in Lewis and Harris! Your pictures are stunning.
    I am with you on the Covid tests. I was given my first one last week by a nurse when I went to have cataracts removed from both my eyes. The test was horrendous the eye op was fine.
    I do hope the lump in your throat proves to be not too serious and that your DH recovers soon.
    Love & hugs, Liz

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    • Thanks, Liz. I hope your friend is enjoying their stay on Lewis & Harris.
      I’ve had several Covid tests done now (every time you go into hospital they do a test) and each one has been different and none has been pleasant. I think you are brave to have the cataract removal – I’m such a wuss I won’t even let the optician put drops in my eyes to check for whatever it is they check for. Glad to hear your op went fine. The DH is definitely on the road to recovery.
      The doctor did a biopsy today and said the result would take about ten days to be sent to the oncologist. xx

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  14. Lovely to hear from you, Mary. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous photos of Lewis and Harris. I am sorry to hear that your DH has been so ill with Covid despite vaccinations. Good to hear he’s on the mend. Wishing you all the best with the ultrasound today. Sending positive thoughts.

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    • I’m pleased you liked the photos, Wendy. The DH is on the mend though it’s taking longer than he’d like and he gets tired easily. The ultrasound was done and then a biopsy of the lymph nodes. Thanks for the positive thoughts – I need them xx

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  15. So glad to have news, and equally glad David on the rebound from his encounter with Covid. The Lewis and Harris photos made me nostalgic – the majesty of the landscape sets up a resonance. Closer to home, full marks for the lupins. Hoping for good news re ultrasound, in due course. Cyber hugs, d

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    • I loved Lewis and Harris and feel we need to go back to see lots of things we missed. It doesn’t matter what kind of landscape or seascape you like, the island provides for everyone. Of course, now I want to visit the Uists, too. It won’t be this year, though, as my sister and I are going to Islay in October. I was pleased with my lupins this year – they are having a second, less showy, flourish.
      Biopsy result after ten days – trying not to think about it. Hugs back.

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  16. Lovely to get an update Mary – although I knew you were back from your travels as I had glimpsed you at pilates classes….I had still wondered how you were getting on. So sorry to hear John caught the dreaded virus but obviously good news you didnt and that he is getting better . I love your photos and it has quite persuaded me to put Lewis at the top of my go to list – probably next year now!
    Fingers crossed for today’s tests. Sue x.

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    • If you get the chance to go to Lewis, do go, Sue. You’ll love it – great walks, too, though I wasn’t able to do many of the ones I’d have done a year ago.
      I now have to wait for ten days for the result of today’s biopsy on lymph nodes the doctor felt were suspicious. It’s a long time to keep fingers crossed! x

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  18. Great to hear how thing shave been going as I guess we’re all wondering. Now those LUPINS ARE FABULOUS!! Don’t you think they are just such splendid things!! And how great that you got to Lewis and Harris. Hope Islay is on your list somewhere too. Fingers and everything crossed for today, and keep us posted. Just awful that Jon got Covid, even though being so very careful. Take care, xxxx

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    • I’m really chuffed with my lupins this year, Janette. I’ve planted them in the past but apart from one brave soul which did come up each year for a few years the rest didn’t do much at all.
      Ann and I are going to Islay in October. We were supposed tog o together last year but it coincided with a round of chemo and a scan so I couldn’t go. Now, I think I’d tell them to rearrange the chemo but a year ago I was less likely to speak up.
      Jon is recovering but I suspect over the next few weeks a lot more vaccinate people will get Covid as they throw caution to the winds because they think they are safe if they’ve been jagged.

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  19. I’ve missed you and your updates but am glad to hear you got to visit Lewis and Harris. Covid is an absolute pain in the you know what. Let’s hope all goes well with the ultrasound today. No kick ass boots required. Loving the beautiful pics and will wait for your next update when you get a chance. Love and hugs always xx

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    • I’m pleased you enjoyed the photos. It’s way too hot to wear any kind of boots just now so I’ll have to hope flat ballet pumps did the job! I’ve had a biopsy on lymph nodes in my neck so my next update may be when I get the result. Thanks for your support – it means a lot xx

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  20. Plenty of good photographs as promised. I’m so glad everything seems so positive now and that your husband is on the mend too. This time when you go back to the Islands you’ll be able to enjoy yourself far more. Keep building on your strength be generous with the pictures.
    Huge Hugs

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    • I’m pleased you like the photos, David. It won’t be this year I can return to Lewis but my sister and I are going to Islay later in the year – it’s where we were both born so I’m looking forward to taking lots of pictures. The DH is definitely on the mend but Covid wasn’t fun even if it was a ‘milder’ dose than if he had not had the vaccinations. Take care.

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  21. I’ve always wanted to go to Lewis & Harris. Lucky girl to have finally got there, even if not as well as you’d like to have been. Hope the Calanais stones were all and more…. I crawled past Stonehenge last week, and had a few words with them on behalf of friends (from the car).
    Good to hear from you. Good luck today and glad you’re on the ball asking which bit they were scanning. I must remember all these titbits in case I need them.
    Love from all of us. ❤

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    • Oh, I hope you get to go to Lewis and Harris, Jemima. You’d love it. Fabulous scenery, wildlife, the Calanais Stones. Some of the wildlife I could have done without – a cuckoo lived across the road. We never once saw it but it called morning and night. I woke at 3 am one morning and the damn thing started up again!
      I’ve have the ultrasound and a biopsy of my dodgy lymph nodes so now it’s back to waiting.
      I hope Roscoe is doing all right? xx

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      • I remember cuckoos on my first trip to Mull. Calling all day and night, outside my cottage. But – it was the first chance I had to really observe one, so it had its blessings. The corncrake on my last visit was even more special, even at 4 in the morning!
        I’m sorry to tell you that Roscoe went over the Rainbow Bridge in the early hours of June 22nd. He had a bit of a stroke on the previous Tuesday, and insisted on staggering on for a couple of days, but by Sunday he was agreeing with me that maybe it was time to sleep. He had a great life, and I miss him. We all do. Except maybe Locksley, who’s now living with Neville 🙂

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        • I’m so sorry to hear about Roscoe. I had my suspicions when you sent love from all of you and didn’t mention him specifically. At least you were able to see the cuckoo on Mull, the one beside us remained noisily invisible all week!

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  22. Good to hear from you, lovely. I know the break was longer than you expected but keep taking them if that’s what you need. It’s all good. We’ll still be here. Lovely photos! Hope all goes well today. Thinking of you. 💗

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    • Thanks, Ruth. I’ve turned up again like a bad penny! I hadn’t intended to take such a long break but life and things got in the way. Husband is definitely on the mend, thanks. Thanks for your support.

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  23. A worrying reminder that Covid is still very easy to catch and if they say a vaccination is 90% effective and usually means mild symptoms there are still vaccinated people who are going to get it and be ill. Those islands look so beautiful.

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    • It is worrying, especially if people get too complacent about getting only mild symptoms. Those mild symptoms aren’t fun. The DH’s cough was horrendous to hear. Anyway, he’s on the mend.
      Lewis is really beautiful – everywhere you look the scenery is stunning.

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  24. You have been in my thoughts too, Mary. Sorry to hear about your poor other half…but relieved he is better. What a lovely trip, even though you couldn’t fully enjoy it…Better luck next time. I have everything crossed for good news today. Onwards and upwards. Hugs xx

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    • Thanks, Joy. I’d love to go back to Lewis and Harris but there are several other islands around there to visit! I had the ultrasound today and the doctor did a biopsy on my lymph nodes in my neck, which I have to say was completely painless, and now I have to wait to find out why they are not normal! Hugs back.

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  25. Wonderful photos and thanks so much for updates. I’m glad Jon is feeling better and fingers-crossed for the scan results.

    I know what you mean about the Covid tests. It’s definitely on a spectrum. I’ve had five covid tests over the past few weeks (because of driving from Italy to Scotland). The BEST by far were administered by women–one doctor, one nurse. Then came the two I had to do myself for Scotland quarantine. I can’t believe that process. You have to stick the swab down your throat, roll it about the place while you’re gagging and choking and er…regurgitating all over it. Then you have to stick THAT VERY SAME SWAB up your nose! Absolutely revolting.

    But the worst test by far was this sadist in France, a (male) lab tech who seemed to want to stick the swab up my nose until he found brain matter. I was crying and snotting and screaming, and he just smirked at me and kept digging. “C’est difficile, n’est-ce pas?” I really, seriously considered jerking my knee up and showing him what would be difficile, but I needed those test results. Plus—and yes, I do know this makes me a terrible person—I got to hang outside the door and hear Bart yelling and cursing and coming out with tears running down his face. Sadly, he didn’t knee the little bastard either.

    I’ll have to console myself with your lupin photos. They really did make my day!

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    • Administering Covid tests has been a gift to sadists! And, yes, it is a pretty disgusting thing to stick that swab up u a nostril after it’s been tickling your tonsils. When I commented on this to the nurse she asked if I’d prefer it the other way round!
      Glad you enjoyed the lupin photo.

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  26. I have checked back a couple of times wondering if I might have missed an update, but I’m super glad to hear you took extra time and that you had a wonderful vacation. Hmm, I was frustrated for you to read that your vacation would have been more relaxing if you had only known that the fibrosis wouldn’t get worse. Sigh. Somehow, too many doctors forget that we are starting from scratch with our medical knowledge and filling in the blanks would be SUPER helpful. Anyway, it was delayed good news. I was sorry to hear about the lump – I hope the biopsy results are more good news. And those Lupins? I’m obsessed with that photo haha. those colors and sizes are amazing. So nice to see you are back!!

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    • Thanks so much for your comments, Melanie. I’m glad you like the lupin photo. I’ve been quite chuffed with my lupin display this year and now have a second showing though not to the same level.
      Yes, communication (or lack of it) is a real problem. A nurse yesterday said she believes oncologists are absolutely brilliant and treating cancer but not so good at seeing patients’ psychological needs. So many of the staff who work at Maggie’s Centres were previously with oncology in the NHS and became so frustrated at not having the time to spend listening to patients.

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      • Oh, that is interesting Mary about quitting because they just didn’t have the time they needed to fully treat.. the mind and body. I hope management sees enough of a trend that something changes?? So nice to hear from you again. 😊

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        • I’m afraid I don’t hold out much hope for the NHS management seeing the need to change – admin, statistics, data collection all seem to be of top importance. I’m just very grateful to find support at Maggie’s although it has to be by telephone as my nearest centre is 100 miles away!

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  27. It was lovely to see you the other day in passing. When you feel up to it, let me know and I’ll pop round for a socially distanced cuppa in the garden. Glad DH is on the mend. Hope all is positive (or should that be negative) with the latest set of investigations

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    • The DH is definitely feeling better though still tires easily. I’m trying not to think about the results of the biopsy – ten days is too long to be wondering and worrying!
      Hope to see you for a proper catch up soon.

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  28. Wow, so nice to hear an update Mary. I’d been checking with Sally on your long absence. I’m glad for all the good bits, and horrified at hubby’s Covid in hospital with 2 vaxes. OMG. But happy to learn he’s home and you are Covid free! ❤

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    • Aw, thanks for checking up on me, Debby. I needed the break though I have missed the connection with people who have been so supportive of me on this journey. We were horrified about the DH getting Covid as he’s always been super-careful about mask wearing and social distancing. He definitely on the mend and has been out watering the garden tonight 🙂
      I’ve maybe not been around much but I have been thinking of you and wondering how you are doing. Hugs xx

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    • It’s such a wonderful community, Sally, and makes me feel supported and cherished. Glad you like the photos. Lewis & Harris is gorgeous. I’d like to go back to see things we missed but would also like to visit the Uists. And at least I have now been to the Calanais Stones and felt Sue was very close! The DH has been out watering the garden this evening which is great sign of improvement, especially as he hates gardening.

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    • Thanks so much, Noelle. My photography skills don’t really do justice to the island which has stunning scenery. The DH is recovering from Covid – and I didn’t get it (unless I got it first but very mild and passed it on to him???). I’ll have wait to hear to result of the neck lump biopsy – always waiting!

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  29. So very good to hear from you again. I can’t imagine how frightening the Covid situation was for both of you and I’m hoping that all of that is behind you and you can steadily regain your strength and stamina. x

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    • I needed the break but I did miss all my blogging friends and supporters very much. The Covid situation was particularly scary because back in September last year the oncologist told me quite emphatically that if I got Covid when I was on chemotherapy it would kill me because the chemo would destroy my immune system! By the time the DH got it, I had finished chemo and radiotherapy but nobody had actually told me my immune system was back to near normal levels. Anyway, somehow I didn’t get it and the DH is recovering.

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