...Having heaved a sigh of relief that having a tooth extracted last week didn't cause major blood loss, Steve has been plagued by minor nose bleeds these last few days. We assume that its related to the chemo and its side effects, in particular a reduction in platelets that help blood clotting. Nothing too dramatic, but the tissues are close at hand, just in case.
...My red nose has been caused by yet another short, sharp cold - 24 hours of what felt like almost incessant sneezing, which has cleared up almost as quickly as it arrived, thank goodness.
Fortunately, our red noses have not prevented us from joining in the start of the holiday festivities; coffee and an exchange of presents with our friends Sally and Jonathan on Saturday morning; a glass of festive cheer on Saturday evening with other friends, Ian and Ruth and their family who have gathered briefly together in the UK before disappearing off to other parts of the world shortly.
Daughter Katie arrived here on Saturday afternoon and all three of us de-camped to Bristol yesterday for a meal out with son Jack, then on to meet up with the rest of the family at the care home where Steve's mum is now a long term resident.
Jack is working today, so won't be joining us until this evening - always assuming the trains between Bristol and here are still running....Flooding in the West Country is causing havoc with travel. It's bad enough to be caught up in floods at any time, but must be heart-breaking at Christmas with so many family reunions planned and looked forward to....
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound, and can enjoy the Christmas festivities together, wherever you are.
Safe journeys and many happy reunions!
Turn the sound up, watch and enjoy....A new twist on an old story :-)