First post of 2021
2021 and not a good start to the Year. Ireland is still in lockdown with the highest level of restrictions in place. Covid has not gone but we only have ourselves to blame. Countries like Australia and New Zealand have as good as eliminated the spread of Covid. How & Why ? It’s such a simple answer – they locked everything down, flights boarders shipping. And it worked. As an island Ireland could have done the same but they didn’t and here we are a year later and still trying to fight the spread of Covid. They can’t even properly restrict movement within Ireland- a so called 5klm maximum travel restriction- not enforced or controlled. I’m in isolation but I know a lot of people who are travelling 100’s of miles for none essential reasons. As I was just about to finish this article it looks like Ireland will be in extended lockdown till Easter (4th April). I’m feeling quiet annoyed over this as it will be officially a year in isolation on the 9th of April)
Sorry needed the rant.. I’m in isolation since April 2020, almost a full year. In late September 2020 I was laid off under agreement with the company- I had successfully run the business from home for 6 months and had my oncologist agree to splitting my working week between home and the office. Unfortunately the company wanted me in the the office full time and this led to a situation that could not be resolved.
Second rant over.
Isolation is not easy, I felt I could manage 6 months but 10 months so far is really testing me both physically and mentally. With the addition of been unemployed at 58 thanks to Covid I can add financial worries to the list. The saving grace part is that I have been renovating the house. All current renovations are not cosmetic- they are all big jobs. Right down to the rafters. The last full day off was New Year’s Day. When I’m finished the current project I have another two planned.
Even with all that I’d still love to get back to work and this will be a primary question for my oncologist. The second question will be about a vaccine
In August I was told I would never get the vaccine because of the stem cell transplant as the vaccine posed a 6 times greater chance of death for me. I’m willing to take that chance. In March 2017 I was told that I would most likely not survive the initial ICE chemotherapy but I did. In July 2017 I was given 6 hours to make whatever calls I needed to, and I crawled my way back from death. So I’m hoping to convince my oncologist to trial the vaccine on me.
Blood Test 3rd of Feb 2021.
First blood test of 2021. Had this a week earlier that normal as they added an extra test that will take 10 days to return results. It’s been a long battle against Lymphoma I was first diagnosed on Valentine’s Day 2014, 7 years ago. I’m in remission now over 3 years (I was placed in full remission in March 2018 and classed as Cancer clear). I never changed my oncologist- he is the same doctor that diagnosed me and said those 3 simple words that changed everything in my life “You Have Cancer”. Three aggressive courses of Chemotherapy, 4 weeks of the highest level of radiotherapy and a full stem cell transplant later over 3 years and I’m clear. Looking at the bigger picture I have spent more time in remission than battling cancer, and long may that last. All that and the only thing that really stopped me was Covid. Now I need to get this settled so I can get back to business- I can do a lot from home but I found that I needed to be face to face with my team. Even 20 hours the other 60 from home would work.
And now it’s down to the meeting on 25th February 2021 – so there will be a Part 2 to this article which I will write on the 25th
I’m releasing this on 14th February Valentines Day, Anita’s birthday. And 7 years to the date that I was first diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma
So Happy Birthday Anita
Got a few messages asking about the renovations… just to clarify as I covered the plans in previous articles. I bought the house in June 2019. I have renovated most of the house over 2019 and 2020. The house is about 115 year old and had little in the form of improvements since 2004. Upstairs there were 4 bedrooms kinda 4 en-suites. Bedrooms 1 & 2 were cosmetically improved in 2019. Bedrooms 3 & 4 were poor to say the least. Bedrooms 3 had damaged floors, the en-suite couldn’t be used as it leaked. The bedroom was a standard tight double. Bedroom 4 was small about the size of a single bedroom- the so called en-suite had floor water damage, the electrics we’re iffy and there was a smell of stale water. These rooms were all gutted. What was bedroom 3 is now a large kingsize bedroom, the en-suite was removed, bedroom 4 is now a walk in wardrobe. The en-suite from bedroom 4 was extended and is now a large master bedroom en-suite. Work included gutting, re wiring, fully insulating the attic, move and extend the attic door. Insulated the floor, replaced all floorboards, new plumbing to the rooms, new radiators. Water basin to the en-suite with double floor and new ceiling. Fully installed large shower, new toilet and wash hand basin. New lighting system, towel rail vents and fully tiled. New ceiling to bedroom, all walls insulated new electrics, new lighting system. New carpet and fully painted. The walk in wardrobe is nearly finished with built in wardrobes but I need two more to finish it. But we hope to move into the new master bedroom next week- all the work was designed by myself and all the work was done by myself with the single exception of installing the carpet. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together