Tuesday, 19 April 2011

a day of frustrations

Bar the occasional sniffle which hasn't developed into anything, Steve has been very fortunate not to have come down with coughs, colds or flu since he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2009.  Until yesterday, that is.  

He noticed his throat was feeling prickly as we walked into town in the morning, but thought it might have been caused by a bit of breakfast cereal.  However, by the end of the day, his voice was deep and croaky; he most definitely has a throat infection. Whether it develops into anything else, or whether all the things he has been taking to help boost his immune system will knock the infection back before it develops into anything more serious - in particular a bad cough - remains to be seen. We are still hoping to meet up with the wider family in Bristol over the Easter weekend, especially as the weather looks good, but will see how he feels over the next few days before making a decision.  

Yesterday was also frustrating for more mundane reasons. We went into town on a mission to sort out some financial matters, but didn't have all the documents needed to complete the first objective at Building Society No 1. An online systems failure at Building Society No 2 prevented us from achieving our second objective.  The bank where we had hoped to sort out our third objective was closed for refurbishment and the nearest branch a good hike away in the wrong direction. So the main mission was a complete failure. 

However, we did return with a new cafetiere to replace the broken filter machine and fresh coffee, so enjoyed a good cup of coffee with lunch, which cheered us up - helped along by sunshine and blue skies!  Listening to the news on the radio this morning and reading about the hardships and suffering of others puts our day of frustration into perspective.  A mere blip in otherwise very enjoyable lives, in spite of the ever present spectre of mesothelioma.

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