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Apr 2, 2021 10:45AM
It is always nice to hear from you.
This is the link for Exmouth seafront:
This is the link for the centre square in Exmouth.
It is 6 pm here in the UK and the seafront is beginning to empty, but it has been busy over the past few days. We have been looking at the webcams and we noticed that the main pub there has already put out all the table and chairs ready for Monday April 12th when they can open up outside and serve meals and alcohol.
It sounds as though you are very busy with all your Spring cleaning. It is good to simplify life especially as one gets older. I hope you find it very therapeutic. Raymond and I, as you know, are minimalists so we never have a lot of sorting out to do. However, we would like to move to a smaller apartment but there is nothing that suits us here in Exmouth. We think we may be too old to move now, but we are fed up with where we live.
Like you, I am taking vitamin D, high dose, and the only other supplement that I take is a probiotic. Raymond takes the same. He stopped most of his medication some time ago and he is just taking a minimal dose of a beta-blocker and low dose soluble aspirin. As far as we can tell, the doctors seem to be saying now that aspirin is of no use and they are switching patients to an NOAC anticoagulant and the most popular one is apixaban. Are you familiar with this?
Raymond and I are due to have our second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on April 28th. We really have no choice but to go ahead despite all the bad publicity. We are told there have been 30 cases of rare clots out of 18 million vaccinations. There has also been some bad publicity about Pfizer, some kind of clot.
I was interested in what you had to say about your oncologist. I wonder if there is much difference between a BC specialist oncologist and a general oncologist.
I had to laugh about the lady who called you hastening to tell you that the new oncologist was 'British'.
This word British is meaningless. It is not a word we ever use. For us you are either English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish, but for some reason British appears everywhere. As you know, we cannot make up our mind about the name of our country. We are the United Kingdom (that is a laugh because we are disunited), Great Britain, British Isles, and so on. Our passport is called a 'British Passport'! Confused? Aren't we all? At least Raymond and I only answer to English! We do not like the fact that the parliament in England has always treated the rest of the country like colonies! We have recently filled in a census form that has some ridiculous questions about what nationality you are and some really stupid questions as well.
On a serious note, we are sad about the way our country is now. It is not the country we were brought up in.
What have you been reading lately? We have not been reading as much as we used to and have not really found a book that has motivated us.
We have grown really weary of Covid, the state of the world, the uninspiring leaders and the general greed, self-interest and lack of responsibility.
We have been watching a channel on the television called Forces TV. From 7 pm they have some really funny sitcoms from the 1980s here in the UK. The titles of these are Citizen Smith, After Henry, Good night sweetheart, Hardware, Bless this house and probably our favourite Duty Free. We have a good laugh and go to bed more relaxed than after watching the dreadful News. Have a look at them if you can. They are typical English humour and we have to laugh when a notice comes up warning viewers that they are the humour of the times, that is 1980s. Everything is so politically correct now that they could not be made today.
By the way, what do you think of WOKE? It is supposed to have arrived here from America.
That is about all for now. Have a Happy Easter and let us hope we soon get back to a more normal life. I think the thread is suffering from Covid fatigue. Let us hope, also, that adagio gets in touch soon. I have given up on Marias and Hanieh and fear the worst.
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates B.C. 390 Preadjuvant chemo 3 months epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, 3 months docetaxel. Mastectomy RB Sentinel node pos Radiotherapy 3 weeks + boosters
6/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/31/2005 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
5/16/2006 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right