Recipes from my Suffolk Kitchen

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Ticked Off

More things ticked from the list yesterday as the electrician came and put the connection in ready for the LPG cooker. Then the "cat flap man" came and took the front door to bits and remade it with a cat flap (actually that wasn't even on the list!) I'm soooo glad to get that done as I was fed up with the litter tray and being pestered by Polly to let her out at daybreak . Although she's not impressed with a cat flap again,  after  nearly 6 weeks of having the door opened for her. Also got another side of the greenhouse treated with wood preservative - two sides left, and wrote a letter to my penfriend.

Our neighbours have put their house up for sale, they've only been there for a year and a bit and the sale price has gone up £80,000 from when they bought it. Although I think they've had new kitchen and bathroom done.They are an elderly couple- aged over 80- and their son, who decided to buy an old cottage because they'd never lived in one before! Think they've found it a bit remote and hard work. It means that everyone coming for a "drive-by" viewing comes up the lane and onto our land to turn round and get out again  - so I hope it sells soon as I keep thinking I have visitors. The neighbours are nice and quiet...... hope new people will be too.

  News from hospital
 The new chemo tablets have brought down the white cell count dramatically,which is what they were supposed to do but then his red cell count and platelet levels dropped and he had to have a transfusion. The doctor here rang the hospital in the US where they have tested this drug to check these symptoms and was told it was OK just treat with blood and platelets. The upshot is Col is stuck in hospital again. He is also on intravenous antibiotics but the good news for him is that he's been moved into a room on his own so he 'll be able to keep a bit cooler. And they've had a re-vamp of the meals since last September, the food is better - more flavour and chemo hasn't affected his taste buds yet so things still taste OK. They'll keep him in now for the next round of doubling up the tablets. I'm hoping this is just a blip and he will be home for at least part of the Easter weekend.

Thank you again for all your good wishes

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Sue

27 comments:

  1. Mixed news with Colin, but glad he is in a room on his own, much nicer, have everything crossed here for success. My cat sits by the glass door in our sitting room, waiting to be let in, which we try to avoid if we can, just lazy she OK with the catflap.

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    1. He doesn't like being on the ward as it's too hot. Many older people with cancer can't keep warm whereas Col is always too hot

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  2. You certainly keep yourself busy! Best wishes to you all and I hope you have a chance to enjoy the spring weather!

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    1. I like having lots to do and being able to chose what to do next

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  3. That would do my head in thinking I had visitors every day like that. Hope it isn't making your drive muddy or anything. Best wishes to Col

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    1. The lane is really bad, full of holes and bumps, but very dry at the moment

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  4. There you are....ticking down that list. It will all be done before you know it.

    We have been here over twenty years and I am still not used to the access road at the back of our row of houses. It drives me insane....lol.

    Hope Col gets to come home for Easter. Give him my very best wishes when you visit him again-x-

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    1. Thank you. Trouble is I keep finding more jobs to add to the list

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  5. Best wishes for Col, it is all a bit up and down at the moment, but hope he will be back for Easter. X

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    1. I hope he gets out at the end of the week

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  6. Well done getting some things done. Good news with the white cell count coming down. Sending best wishes the rest of his results improve and as you say he gets home for some of Easter. X

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    1. Yes it's the white cell count that has to be low before he can have the donor stem cell. Single figures instead of in the hundreds which it was.

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  7. We occasionally get drive bys for our house - they linger on the lane by the farm/our front gate - not the best angle to see the house. They need to be up the little hill from the Z-bend to get a better idea. I can imagine it must be a little unsettling for you to continually think there are visitors arriving though!

    Sorry about the blip with Col's treatment, but it sounds like that is par for the course and it has at least tackled his white cell count levels. Fingers x'd he will be spending most of Easter with you.

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    1. Any movement with the last people who came?

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  8. Oh Sue...keep soldiering on...hopefully ha'll be home soon enough. x

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  9. Our cat has a magnetic cat flap. Idea is cat pokes head in towards cat flap and it will then open. Our cat persists in hooking cat flap towards him and then crawls in under the flap. Daft. Glad the doctors make sure they are on the ball with the side effects. He is in the best place but hope he gets back with you soon. Oh and well done for reducing that list.

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    1. Magnetic here too and it goes CRASH loudly when she comes in in a hurry!

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  10. Good for you, getting some things caught up, cats are funny creatures, they think they own the world!
    Hope he gets home very soon.

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    1. Our cat suffers from not being taught some things properly by her mother!

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  11. I hope as you say that this is just a blip and Col will be able to spend some time with you over Easter.

    God bless.

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    1. Hopefully he'll be home, they won't want him in over Easter if poss

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  12. Sending good wishes to you and your husband, and I hope your new neighbors are nice. BTW, 'Ticked off' in the US means a person is angry!

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    1. It means that here too as well as ticked off a list! But I'm not angry this time!

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  13. I bet you can't wait for your new cooker to be in and sorted. Hoping things continue in the right direction for Col. hope next door sells quickly!

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  14. hope next door sells quickly and you get nice neighbours. Also hope Col is home for Easter x

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