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Adventures in Orchids
Apparently I am now collecting them...
EO - Everlasting orchid. Phalaenopsis. I've had this orchid for at least 15 years and it just keeps flowering...
AO - Alien face orchid. Phalaenopsis . Bought 2018 - lovely little flowers, all different patterns!
RO - Rescued orchid
TO - Tiny orchid. Phalaenopsis. Bought at Tesco 21.8.20. It just begged to come home with me. How could I say no?
CO - Crimson orchid. Cambria. Another Tesco find. This one may be going to live in Ken's room once we've redecorated and put up the new shelving; it prefers a cooler, less sunny windowsill. If so, I'll need to find another cambrian to keep it company.
GO - Golden orchid. Phalaenopsis. Saw this one when I bought CO and left it behind - then immediately regretted it as soon as I got home. Never seen one like it before. Ken, bless him, went back over to Tesco in the rain and bought it for me...
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Kai's blood review was surprising this morning, platelets at 10 and RBC at 92 - surprising but good. Dr decided he didn't need anything (which was just as well as yet again the platelets weren't ready, lab said they didn't get the order which made the dr very angry as he'd ordered them Tuesday and then rang yesterday to check they'd be ready...) so we went home early.
Mid afternoon Kai says he was freezing and felt like he had a cold. His temp was 38, so we waited half an hour, by which time it was 38.4, and I rang for a taxi to rush him in. Got there about 4.30, they decided to keep him in. They got him a bed down on Area 61 (the Young Person's oncology ward) and started him on intravenous antibiotics. I came home, grabbed his bag, clothes, wash stuff and meds and went back: arrived 8.30, by which time he was in his room (very nice too, desk with wifi of course, a chaise longue style window-seat that can double as a bed for a family member to stay overnight, TV with dvd player, room itself cool, calm and quiet with a spacious en suite) and still feeling rough after the first anti-bios dose. I left at 9.15 to get the 9.30 bus, got in at 9.56, booted up to check in with him on skype, only to find he was offline. Thought he may have closed down for the second round of anti-bios, so went for a shower. He was still offline when I got back, so I tried ringing his mobile. It was off. So I rang the number for Ward 61, only to be told (after ten minutes of confab I could just about hear in the background) that he was over on the young person side and I had to ring a different number.
Rang the number, apologised for bothering them, and explained I couldn't get hold of Kai and was he OK?
He's in bed with a raging temperature being drip fed paracetamol, replied the young nurse brightly.
Jesus fucking Christ!! What sort of nurse says that to a worried mother??
I can't go back in, I'm exhausted. I'm averaging four hours sleep a night at the moment, and I have an appointment with the nurse up at the surgery in the morning for a blood test to check my kidney function (on the new meds). Afterwards Kim's picking me up to get out to Almondsbury to get crickets and rats for Rosa and Feather, and I can't put that off as we're out of both and I can't let them starve, regardless of what else is happening. I shall get in to the BHOC as soon as I can afterwards, but the planned meeting with Ken and his workmates after work for a drink is completely out the window.
... can we rewind a couple of years and have everything work out properly, please?
Labels: medical matters
Monday, July 28, 2014
So - finally managed to get to see Transformers: Age of Extinction and actually rather enjoyed it. It still had far too many explosions and car chases and horrible Bay trademarks, and I could definitely have lived with the bots being less 'human' in attitude (and what the hell? That was Kup, not Hound!!), but the plot was decent, and the film was internally consistent and logical, and followed on well from the abomination that was Dark of the Moon. I think we can probably blame Steven Spielberg for the improvement! The ending sets everything up well for the sequel too. It's definite 'buy as soon as you can rather than wait for the price to fall' fare. I need to see it again, to pick up on the bits I missed the first time.
And our little darlings have been digging in the garden again - in the strawberry bed this time.
We've been having intermittent connectivity problems here - there may be an engineer coming to look at things tomorrow. Or not if they find the problem is at their end. But we were off for an hour earlier, so not sure... Wish us luck.
Friday, July 25, 2014
... heh... assuming having an extra day would mean more time to update the blog was obviously a tad over-optimistic...
What have I been up to? A lot of weeding, hoeing and shopping, of course. Kai's computer components have been arriving bit by bit, and he's had an interesting time building the new machine - tentatively named FenFen. His right-angled cables arrived this morning, so he's now pretty much ready to install the new power unit (he was going to use the one from the old machine, but he's not sure if that was what was causing the problem, so we've bought a new one), move his old hard drive over in the hope that it survived the crash (it has all his fox videos on it), boot it up, and install the OS (Windows 8). I think I'd rather be elsewhere for that so may take myself off to Wells tomorrow, see if I can get some more plants...
The first three Rescue Bots dvds were on special offer on amazon us, so I ordered them for Yule for me, but Ken said we had to check they were all OK so we've been watching them. They're as much fun as I remember, and full of subtle homages to other shows (and although I can't confirm it I suspect that the attack of the lawnmowers in The Return of the Dinobot is a nod to the 'attack of the zombie lawnmowers' in Starscream's horrorscope in the old comics.)
Other than that? There's not so much to do in the garden this year since our neighbour spray-painted his fence - and my greenhouse, the patio doors and all my veg seedlings, and yes it was deliberate, but more on that after I've got legal advice. I'm now having to buy the veg that I would normally be picking from the garden, and I also won't be able to fill my freezer with veg for the winter. I have managed to get my sweetcorn in, and a few mange tout and dwarf beans, but that's it. At least none got into the greenhouse, so my tomatoes and peppers were safe.
Blood pressure was 136 (which is brilliant) over 92 (which isn't so good) at my appointment on Wednesday, so dr has prescribed me Tensaid to supplement the Ramipril. It's a diuretic - oh joy, like I don't need the loo enough as it is! - but the accompanying leaflet says it doesn't produce too much extra urine. Heh. We'll see...
Kai's Thursday appt was a bit of a washout: the lab had got it wrong and ordered his platelets for today (Friday) instead... But they took blood for the cross match, so I'm hoping today will be shorter than usual. There's twenty minutes left on the platelets, then at least one unit of blood over an hour and a half (it's 12.20 here).
But we're actually all too tired for a film, so just going to chill tonight and get client stuff done tomorrow. And next!Poppy (page and a half written today...)
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Poppy Tales, New World 2, ch 19 - Reconnecting - now posted: link above.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Worked hard today...
Absolutely knackered now and aching all over. Going to try for an early night. Next Poppy will have to wait til tomorrow to be finished (three and a half pages written yesterday...)
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Quick post to link to this - Real Time Lightning Map. We have some major weather heading our way and I have a headache already...
Kai's neutrophil and WBC counts have dropped again. I'll stop posting about them here until something definitive happens.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Catch up because I realised I'd forgotten to do the weekend...
On Saturday Ken and I treated ourselves to an afternoon out: went to Street, where we found this!
I've been trying to find Kai a fox mug for ages. GoodTwin did find one but it was a bit abstract and I really wanted more realistic (but thank you anyway!): this one was in the Shopping Village, Royal Worcester bone china in the Portmeirion collection. The design is actually called 'The Artful Poacher' and it's extremely cute! Kai's dead chuffed with it!
We stopped off at the organic supermarket in Glastonbury on the way so I could pick up some organic butter (both Sains and Tesco apparently no longer stock Yeo Valley, which is a bloody nuisance as it's our favourite...) then stopped off again at Wells, where we bought some more plants -
A selection of alpines...
... because they seem to do very well in the rockery (this was planted back in the spring and is now four times as big as originally!)
And this gorgeous artemisia ('Silver Mound' I think: there was no label. It's a bit limp here, needed water, but it's very pretty.)
In the evening we watched Cuban Fury on FilmFlex: great fun! I spent the last half an hour with a big grin on my face...
And last night I watched for twenty minutes while mama fox stood on the six-foot-plus fence - balanced like a cat - while two of the cubs frolicked in the garden...
Monday, July 14, 2014
A silly post because of the date - 14.7.14.
Nothing really to report, just the usual busyness. Currently trying to keep the weeds under control in the garden while we reconsider what is gradually becoming known as the lookout (up at the square where the bench is going to sit once we've got it organised) and the meadow, which is now badly overgrown. We'll keep the vetch - the bees love it - and the cowslips, but the rest... not sure yet...
Later edit: I think I'm going to cry. ALL of my Thunderbird email folders have vanished. ALL of them. Friends, clients, personal with all the kudos and comments from fanfic readers, shopping, book info, all Kai's uni and hospital stuff... everything. I can't get them back.
Later later edit: OK, got everything back, but it took some doing and I've no idea how it worked (or why it happened in the first place). Before emailing Nick to take remote access and sort out the problem for me, I checked the forums (no joy there although apparently I'm not the only person it's happened to) and the different function tabs in Tb itself. And under [Go] I found [Folders] and under that I found [Recent] and under that I found a list of all my subfolders in alphabetical order. So mentally shrugging my shoulders - I could hardly do any worse harm - I clicked on [amazon]... and lo and behold everything went back to normal.
[sigh] I do not need the stress.
Labels: nowt really
Friday, July 11, 2014
Kai transformed Death Starscream for me. He's very handsome!
(I had to clear another shelf as I simply couldn't fit him on the dedicated one. I now have two shelves of Starscreams - 33, with a couple more coming at Yule...)
And as a further example of how things grow in this garden -
- that's Tyjer's catmint trying to climb over the greenhouse...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
A bit of a catch up...
It's been busy. I've been trying to catch up with the garden work (photos shortly), there's been much shopping, I've been re-watching Beast Wars (And thoroughly enjoying it), we've all been watching Transformers: Animated Season 3 (and thoroughly enjoying that, thought I'm not sure K&K are as enthusiastic as me. Last two eps tonight...)
Death Starscream arrived Monday but a signature was required, so I couldn't pick him up until yesterday. I have special dispensation to open him now, so I did: -
- and am in the process of transforming him (having the usual difficulty, plus the instructions are in Japanese...) Will rope Kai in to help later, he's much better than me at following these things.
And on the subject of Kai...
Today's appt was a platelets transfusion as normal - but the doctor says we don't need to go in on a Monday anymore, at least until the transplant. Everything has settled down so we know it's platelets every week and blood every fortnight: unless we're worried about something there's little point in us going in on Monday as well. So YAY!
Also found out a little more about post-transplant procedures. The average stay after the transplant is 5 weeks (although it can be as little as 2), and afterwards there will be regular check ups every week, probably twice a week to start with - early in the am - and a weekly/fortnightly BMT clinic on a Wed afternoon.
[whispering] His neutrophils were up to almost half of normal today, and his WBC count is creeping up too. This is very good, but not enough to get too optimistic about, yet...
So - garden.
I can't recall the real name of this, it's that black grass I bought years ago and thought I'd killed. This year it has flowers!
Will try to update a little more regularly. Only needing to spend one day at the hospital a week, even if only for a few weeks, gives me a little more time to keep everything organised.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
The Poppy Tales, New World 2, ch 18 - Decisions - now posted: link above.
And yesterday my copy of Transformers: Animated Season 3 arrived (will watch the last two eps of Season 2 later then hopefully the first ep or two of 3 this evening) and today my Henkei Ghost Starscream arrived. (He was £15 on ebay and is being put away for me for Yule...) Yes, I now have all of the more common Starscreams and several of the rarities and have started searching for the very rare ones (but only at sensible prices!) I also have a Black Gold Death Starscream on its way...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
[sigh] We knew it was going to be a long appt as Kai needed platelets and blood. Usually they cross match the blood while the platelets are going through (usually starts between 10.30 and 11), so there's only a short wait (30 - 60 mins) afterwards.
Today somehow the request never reached the lab. It was gone 7 pm when we finally got home.
However, I saw Laura (of the transplant team) who was very pleased indeed with the BP and kind of implied that if it was urgent they would accept me now. However, since it isn't, she said to stick with the Ramipril and they'll schedule the transplant for the middle of August (only a few weeks later than the original date). So we now have a rough idea of the timing. I can also bring home three doses of the stuff I have to have to increase my white blood cell count and have them administered at our own doctor's surgery, but the fourth one will have to be at the BHOC as they'll want to do a full blood count afterwards. We're getting closer.
Bouncy yelpy cubs outside the patio doors again last night, but no foxy presents this morning. For which I am quite grateful after yesterday.
Four pages into nextPoppy (it's been a month. I have completely lost track of time. Then again, no one commented on the last one, which made me wonder if people didn't like it...) written today. Hopefully I'll be able to post at the weekend.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Well, the good news is that my blood pressure is now down to 148 over 90 - just about normal for me, although it still needs to go down a bit more before the transplant team will OK it. There are other meds I can take, but they have unpleasant side effects and may make me feel ill, so we're keeping them as a last resort: now have to report back to the transplant team and get some dates figured out. In the meantime Dr is very pleased. And so am I.
Last night's fox gifts...
... a used disposable nappy and an ancient gardening glove.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Not even really a catch up. Just assume that when I'm not at my desk I'm either shopping, gardening or at BHOC appointments...
Heuchera bed. I think I still have room for three more. I know I want Midnight Bayou, but I'm not sure about the others. I have a lot of dark ones now, perhaps something a little lighter...
Remember I said I really like poppies and was going to plant them up on the slope?
I thought the pigeons had eaten them all. I also thought they were a lot shorter than this!
I'll take another pic when more of the flowers have opened.
And my pears are coming on splendidly!
Last night mum brought the fox cubs - well, they're puppies now, getting quite big - to the garden. It actually got a little scary as they were right outside the patio doors, yelping and scrabbling, and bumped into the doors themselves a couple of times. Fortunately Tyjer was watching from upstairs and didn't show any inclination to come down to see: I think his encounter with the mum has put him off foxes for life. Suits me! And no, I didn't look out, didn't want to disturb them.
They brought a bone with them. Found it up by my sweetcorn - I assume it's part of a cow's pelvis or something. It's rather large!