Saturday, August 12, 2006


N's MRI showed no further growth in her spinal tumour, so it looks like it has gone quiet again. She really thrilled. I think the lack of pain made her hope for the best, but nothing like those magic pictures to confirm it. She is back on Tamoxifen, which she took for 5 years, stopping eight years ago. Since then she's gone through the full gamit of oestrogen suppressing breast cancer drugs. But apparantely sometimes, after a sufficient gap, Tamoxifen, now a cheap wee generic drug which costs 20p a pop, can start to work again. Looks like it has in her case, let's hope it lasts for a while now, as the alternatives aren't great.

I feel much better after two days of slobbing around, think I just overdid things.
Although yesterday I did help a friend to burn back up system DVDs for her new laptop. I should charge for the number of middle aged women friends whose pcs I fix.
Installing virus software, fixing printers etc, etc. I'm a middle aged geek lol!

Also got asked to help some other friends with a travel business produce some promotional material. I don't have a big stock of travel pix so I've been trawling a few stock libraries for them. It is actually a great way to train eye and to see things from a picture editor's perspective. I found a few they may like, though tastes always differ. They seem to really like the Maldives shot of perfect sky and sea, with a wooden walkway going up the centre. I wonder for how much longer we'll be able to appreciate such places given they stick out of the sea like tiny low lying lily pads. I feel really ambivalent about travel these days, love to do it, but appreciate that I'm helping to destroy what I set out to see. Only good effect of latest scare is that our carbon foot print will shrink for a day or two, at at least until the airline shares have bottomed out.

Today I'm shooting a half marathon for the sponsors.Should be through by 3.30, then I have a piano lesson, which I've not practised for, so I better do something now.

GPS is away to a footie match in the West with friends. Husband is driving me round the half marathon course.


Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

It's been great catching up on your news. Sounds like you've been rather busy. Hope you can enjoy a little more of the Edinburgh Festival - how long does it last? Good news about your friend's health.

1:30 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thanks. I'm really pleased for my friend, she has so much to live for, especially her wee grandaughter

9:42 pm  
Blogger PI said...

That sounds like good news all round. Don't want to nag but remember to pace yourself and don't get over tired. Believe me i try to practice what I preach.
Never stand when you can sit. Never sit whan you can lie.

12:02 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thanks Pi. It is a tension between packing as much in while you are able, and of taking necessary rest. I don't always get it right, indeed I have a problem of just sitting and "being" sometimes. I think a cancer diagnosis gives you this awful feeling of time compression, and it's hard to shake it of post treatment, no matter how well you are.

10:28 am  
Blogger blkbutterfly said...

you're truly a jill of all trades! i'm glad that N's tumor isn't growing anymore. i love the way you celebrate your friends' victories. you're an awesome friend.
oh, and i take it that's you in the user pic? you're beautiful! i also really like the design of it. self created, i assume?

4:36 am  

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