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Three stents for me back in January 2018 and a hernia repair just this February 2020; Barbara has had a new knee in September last year and hospitalised for 8 days on 16 February this year after falling from her wheelchair down two deep steps outside a local restaurant, missing the left turn onto the ramp. She has small but extremely painful fractures to elbow and knee and worrisome pulmonary embolisms being treated now with long term anticoagulants. Virtually quadriplegic currently but standing and weight-bearing is coming on gradually.
In other news, we now have three grandsons in Stockport, being William, Leo and Tobias, via Jill and Edward; Beth and Jim are 20+ weeks pregnant with a boy after IVF at Homerton Hospital in the East End.
No allotment activity (I relinquished my quarter plot last Spring) since last Autumn where my allotment neighbour has picked out a mini plot on one of his for me to keep my hand in – how kind is that – had a few onions, courgettes and cabbages last time after enjoying the light labour involved.

September 2013   Took 5 bags of rubbish to the tip, cleared West End and started a bonfire briefly ’til it expired. Took Dave Clifford down later that week and he and Barbara sat on the white plastic box for a photo and split the lid!

more rubbish for the tip and a stool




first visitors 27 Sept 2013

Here endeth Chapter Two

On Monday 2 October 2017 I took myself to Merepark Medical Centre (MMC) and saw Dr Corcoran, as I had that morning experienced chest tightness and dizziness as I entered the park opposite the house on my way to the shops. This was a recurrence of similar experiences over the previous few weeks, whenever I set off at a reasonably vigorous pace, intent on getting the shopping done and back before the carer left my partner Barbara, this being the 0830 to 0945 daily carer’s visit. It had always occurred before I got many yards into the park. I would stand still and wait for a slight subsidence in the symptoms and carry on to the shops, managing in spite of some dizziness and confusion, with a ‘sensation’ in the chest rather than pain. On one occasion, though, I had felt so bad on my way back, outside Chatwins on the main road, that I had to stop again for about a minute, until I no longer felt that I was going to fall over.

On hearing my symptoms, Dr Corcoran asked a nurse to administer an ECG test and on looking at the results she referred me, with a diagnostic comment to me that it sounded like classic angina, to the Rapid Access coronary unit at Leighton Hospital. She also issued a prescription for a GTN spray, which I picked up later from the pharmacy at Lawton Road.

The consultation and ECG test at the Rapid Access unit on Tuesday 10 October (8 days from GP referral) resulted in Dr Justin Tay, SPR (Registrar) in Cardiology, prescribing aspirin 75mg, bisoprolol 1.25mg for mornings and atorvastatin 40mg at night. The ECG chart printout revealed a right bundle branch block and the comment that an inferior infarct could not be ruled out. He also arranged an appointment for a transthoracic echocardiogram and a CTCA (CT coronary angiogram). He advised me not to exert myself until we have the results of these investigations. All this sent in a letter to MMC, FAO Dr Corcoran, copy to me, 11 October. This letter names Dr E W Holroyd as the relevant consultant in cardiology at Leighton hospital.

I attended the echocardiogram on Monday 30 October, i.e. 28 days after my first GP consultation. In the meantime I had begun the medication prescribed above on 11 October. During the echocardiogram procedure the technician asked me, by way of conversation (?) whether I had been prescribed a GTN spray, at which point I realised I had not got it with me! Search at home revealed I had left it in a shirt pocket and put it through the washing machine that very morning before leaving for my appointment. Ordered and picked one up later that day from Gary the pharmacist at Lawton Road, before he had actually receive the electronic prescription from Dr Corcoran.

Yesterday, Thursday 2 November, I gave Rory at MMC reception the blue prescription from Dr Tay, for the GP to issue a repeat of my 3 meds before I run out.  The CTCA scan is on Monday 20 November, 3 weeks from Dr Tay’s request and six weeks from my initial GP visit. Up until writing this blog today, Friday 3 November, I have had no recurrence of the symptoms, having slowed down when I remember and when I feel any hint of their return, say on reaching the top of the stairs after going up too fast.


Many moons since I visited this site. thought I’d start back with a picture.

Today has been the best of the year so far as the sun is concerned and our friend in the picture took full advantage. Not that he/she’s been put off such meals by heavy downpours or wind. Anyway, after a visit from two old very human friends who brought a great lunch with them for us all, the day is drawing gently to a close as the sun goes down at the end of the road. Back soon, maybe. Me, and the sun, hopefully.

Wonder and awe. We have a first grandchild – William James, on 23 June 2014. 

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