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The 4th of October. 

Last night was dreadful. The coughing would not cease, and I think the best chunk of sleep I had was between six and seven this morning. It hasn’t got better as the day’s gone on, and I just want it to be bedtime.

This morning I did a blog post, then I finished putting Heinz the Stag together, so all the little winter chaps are finished. The wool has arrived for some of the Christmas presents I’m going to make, although for some reason I ordered double of some of it so I’ve got to send a lot back. I blame illness. 

After lunch, Amanda came to see the kittens again, but she didn’t stay very long, I think because she felt bad because I was coughing so much. She suggested I see a doctor but I explained why that would be pointless. 

At half past three, Mommy and I went to the GP for our flu jabs. I stayed in the corridor, to keep my coughs to myself. I know I’m not infectious, but I don’t want to unnecessarily concern everyone else being jabbed. 

Oh, I hope tonight is better. I need a rest. 

The 5th of October. 

I just feel terrible. I had a better night but ugh, the coughing is still exactly the same. I move one bit of phlegm, and some more comes to take its place. 

My only triple out today was to the Women’s, where I was seeing Miss Byrom and Sue. While waiting, no less than four people asked if I needed water. Sigh. It was particularly bad – I feel like I need to wear a sign that says I AM NOT CONTAGIOUS. Thankfully it wasn’t busy enough for anyone to need to sit very close to me. 

The upshot of the appointment is that nothing can really go ahead until the anaesthetist is happy, so I need to see the immunology doctor about my white cells. She is away until next week, but her secretary is aware of the multiple people need her to see me. Hopefully that means I will see her sooner rather than later. 

I just want to stop coughing. I want to stop being in pain all the time. I’m so tired.

The 21st of September. 

Yeah everything hurts. Literally every muscle. I just got stuck in the middle of the living room because it hurt so much to move my legs. Mommy has found it all vastly amusing and has been laughing at me all day. 

This morning I did very little seeing as moving was so agonising, but this afternoon I had to extricate myself from the armchair because we had to go to the GP for our flu jabs. When we arrived, they weren’t actually open yet and people were queueing outside. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long before they opened the doors to let us in. We were told to have our left arms ready and Helen called our names. We both got jabbed and off we went!

When we got home, I looked into the whole blog-hosting thing, and it seems that SquareSpace don’t do domain transfers yet. Seeing as I just got a bunch of business cards made with my website address on, I kind of need to keep it. I still think I’m going to do an overhaul of the site but that can wait. 

When I came back downstairs, we watched the final episode of One of Us (I worked out the twist about two minutes before it was revealed) and I complained about being freezing. Thermal vest, jumper and cardigan. 

The 22nd of September. 

Today has been marginally better. My movement is about 2% better. Seriously, I am broken. I have actually tried not to move because I can feel how stiff I am and I know when I do have to get out of my chair, it’s going to be excruciating. 

Our only trip out today was to the Women’s Hospital for my follow-up appointment with the specialist nurse to see how I’m getting on with the dilators. She is very punctual – 1.45 on the dot she called me in, I didn’t even have time to open my book! She asked how it was going and I said not well; I am still on the first one and feel like I’ve made no progress at all. She asked a couple of questions to make sure I’d been doing it right and I have, so we had to go to an examination room. Jeans and pants off (with difficulty), legs akimbo, and she had a feel (it was more professional than this sounds). She said it feels quite badly stenosed, which is something you can get from radiotherapy or chronic GvHD, but to determine as to whether it’s that or muscle spasm, I’m going to have to have a general anaesthetic to be examined. So that’s fun. I do like the magic liquid sleep. 

Since getting home, I have stayed in the armchair and crocheted. I really want to stretch out on the floor but I’m not sure I could get up again. 

The 4th of November. 

Well I slept until half nine, but I was awake in the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep until I put the electric blanket on ’cause I was so cold. 

Today I basically crocheted all day, working on the current scarf, taking breaks only for lunch, blog updates and a quick trip to Sutton to go to Boots, M&S, WHSmith and Starbucks (peppermint mocha yaaay). 

That is all I have done today really – I painted my nails this morning? It’s not been a particularly exciting day, in terms of activity. I went through Olive and Delicious magazines, marking all the recipes I want to eat. Christmas food magazines are the best. 

The 5th of November. 

Today has been non-stop! We had our flu jabs at quarter past eleven, but we didn’t get called in until quarter to twelve. That would’ve been fine but I had the hygienist at ten past twelve. I hate the waiting room at the GP; it’s disgusting and I breathed through my scarf. Don’t touch anything. We got to the hygienist on time (just) and she was very pleased with my teeth and gums, so there was minimal abrasive flossing. 

From there, we went straight to town where the Bullring car park was really busy, but then the Starbucks in Selfridges was very empty! Which was a good thing. I got a steak and gorgonzola panini and a honey and almond hot chocolate which was covered in chocolate whipped cream and gold glitter! Jo arrived after a stressful meeting, but calmed down with a triple cheese toaster. She has been having some super fun times (not), bless her. She had to be back at work for half two, so she left and Elle, Ben and baby Luna arrived! Oh she is so cute and tiny. Three weeks old tomorrow. She was very sleepy, just happy in my arms for a few hours. She got a bit squirmy but then had some food and was better, apart from a tiny bit of sticking. When Mommy came to pick me up, she had a little cuddle too. I want her to get fatter! Need to squidge. 

Traffic home was not great, then we had tea, then Becky came to collect her snood and just general chat. She’s got her knee surgery on Friday and I was trying to explain what it’s like to get put under anaesthetic. I really enjoy it, but I’m not sure that’s the same for everyone! I just like knowing I’m going to have a nice sleep. Cosy.