On 28 February I flew off to Australia, determining to enjoy life while I could. The future was clearly pretty bleak. I stayed with my dear old friend (Dr.) Michael Long as well as spending a few days with some other old friends in Barwon Heads â€“ Geoff. and Anne Waite. One day, during this […]
A beautiful spring day, I played golf in the annual geriatric match over 65â€™s against the under 65â€™s. We had a usual problem of finding enough members to play in the under 65â€™s team. Unfortunately I was unable to continue past the 15th hole. I had the most excruciatingly burning pain in my groin, in […]
Smiler, Kimberley (Son and daughter-in-law), Chloe, Karl (daughter and son-in-law) and the grand children all came down today for lunch which cheered me up no end. The Volzâ€™s left after tea but the newlyweds stayed for supper. It was lovely to see them all before I headed off down under.
My day did not start on a high note when I received a telephone call from BUPA saying that as I had been diagnosed with a chronic terminal condition I was no longer covered by my medical insurance. That in itself was something of a shock. The explanation they gave was that they could not […]
No breakfast and gallons of water later I was sent for an abdominal ultrasound scan and some liver tests. Following the test I understood from the radiologist that there did not appear to be anything abnormal, at least not with the liver. Between the early-morning tests and the evening consultation with the neurologist I went […]
Today I had brain scan and an MRI of my entire spine, this meant lying prone in the MRI machine for almost 2 hours -not very relaxing. I was then sent off to the London Bridge Hospital for a lumbar puncture. This was the worst test of all was the Dr. had four or five […]
Then, with only days to go before I left for Australia, the neurologist took more blood, for 9 different tests and booked me in for another series of other tests.
The EMD and nerve conduction tests were very unpleasant. It was nasty electric shocks and needles stuck deep into my muscles. I told the good Dr. that he was worse than visiting the dentist!. This nerve conduction test confirmed that I was suffering from a serious neurological problem. As a result I was referred to […]