28 January 2007

DS3 has started his treatment

Andy has had his first steroid injections into the growth/tumour in his gum. I went with him as I wanted to know how he would be afterwards. They gave him a numbing injection and then about 5/6 injections of steroids into the infected area. He was only in there for a short while and when he came out he said it was just like going to the dentst, which incidentally started this whole thing off in the first flipping place. He is not keen on injections but he said it was okay and that he was capable of driving himself there and back so I am letting him go on his own next week - I know he is 18 but I just wasn't too sure how he would react. I will probably go with him again for the last one so we can see what they say about it.

Am off to London next Saturday to see Blood Brothers. There will be four of us going and its a sort of weekend away for my birthday which is the following wednesday when I will be 50 - I am telling you this because my bestest friend will only shout it from the rooftops anyway so I may as well tell everyone beforehand :lol:

DH (Darling Husband) is working on what is called 'the shutdown' at Shell at the moment which means that he is there 7 days a week for 12/13 hours a day - now when he did them in his 20's that was fine but he is now nearly 51 and is knackered already and has only done 1 week and there are about 5 weeks left - will he listen to me - of course not - he doesn't seem to realise that yes, the money is lovely but I do not want to spend it on my own - honest I don't - I would prefer to have him with me. I am working on him to try and get him to at least have the day off for my birthday so we can go out for lunch and have a leisurely day together - hopefully it will work but at the moment it's not - watch this space.

hugs to all :)

16 January 2007

Traumas of being a Mum

Over the past few months we have had our fair share of worry over our 18year old son. He had a tooth out in the summer and since then has suffered from a growth on his gum which at first was treated as an absess and then when it was decided that it wasnt he was sent to the local dental clinic where they or so they said at the time, didn't know what it was so referred him to the hospital. Now in those few months it took to get a hospital appointment this 'growth' grew and is currently the size of a plum in his mouth albeit a small plum covering most of his lover back gum where there are not teeth except a wisdom tooth still to come out of the gum..... anyway you can imagine what we were thinking and no one was telling us it wasnt what we were thinking - Andy appeared to be oblivious to all the worry that was going on - obviously a mechanism that only teenagers seem to have - he had a biopsy on 28th December which was sent away and took about 2 weeks to get the results because of the new year - even though they put URGENT on it.... the results came back last week and we were told that it could be one of 3 things - a peripheral cell granuloma, a giant cell granuloma or a hyper parathyroidism - the latter of which the symptoms are extreme lethargy and depression (as well as many more) neither of which Andy was suffering from so me I just dismissed that one myself. the other two when I looked them up on the internet, which I know doctors don't really like you doing but I was interested to know what they were, looked like what andy had in his mouth. This thing by the way bleeds quite a bit - many a ruined pillowcase will testify to that one. Now today we went to another visit because last week they took blood samples to find out what his calcium levels were like as his lower jaw had a piece missing. They have come back normal and the consultant now says that it is the Giant Cell Granuloma which is caused by trauma - having his tooth out 6 monthsish ago - and as such this has grown and is destroying part of his jaw. We now know 99.99% that its not cancerous and that they will do steroid injections for six weeks to see if that gets this down and may encourage regrowth of his bone. If not then it will mean an operation to get rid of it and possible reconstruction of part of his jaw - the gap is not huge but he has been told that his kickboxing and rugby days are over - at this point I advised them that the most energetic thing Andy did each day was crawl out of bed :) so he is lucky there really :) We now have to see what happens but I can say that the relief felt by everyone here was enormous and I did not really know how stressed I was until I was told that it was not cancerous - I suppose we are one of the lucky ones and are so grateful for that. We are also told that this is very rare and that they probably only have 1 at the most in a year in the whole of the Merseyside/Cheshire health area which is huge....... Needless to say our telephone has been hot today and my texting finger is worn out but am so glad that I could text the above to everyone and will just watch what happens now with the steroid injections - hopefully they will work and everything will be find but if not then we will cross that bridge if we come to it. thanks for reading this I feel a whole lot better now I have typed this :)

06 January 2007


Hi all, and a very happy new year to everyone :) sorry a bit late but have been laid up since a couple of days after xmas with cold bug - but on the mend now so thought I would come and wish everyone in blogger land all the best for the new year :) Didnt take too many pics over Christmas due to unwilling models - MIL waving hand in front of face - DS3's GF turning round and DS2 just being a pain as usual...... got a couple of unusual ones of the tree - it couldn't escape :lol:

these were taken on my fuji s9500 starting a full zoom and reducing as I had the shutter release pressed the tree was a bit too blurred but that was one of the first but the other one I quite like :) Am hopefully going on a photography course during March to learn how to use my camera properly and then hopefully.... you will see some good pics that I have taken especially of the spring and summer months when the nice weather returns and then in June when I am off to Canada on the Rocky Mountain Express :)
must say this cold bug I have had has really been a pain - I have not been able to get back to the gym since xmas due to not being able to breathe when I walk never mind exercise :( but next week I will be back there I have a stone at least to lose which I would like to shift before 7th Feb but being realistic I think thats too big a goal but I can try and I won't beat myself up if I don't make it :)
off out to friends tonight which should be good - havent see them since before Xmas so am looking forward to it :)
hugs to all.