Saturday, April 25, 2009

Forget Fashion.....

Bernie has just come home from hospital after round four of chemo, and whilst he was in hospital for the week, Adelaide's weather turned from sunny to really quite cold. Bernie has never been one for pyjamas, but, since losing his hair and some weight, he is really cold at night now. So, I went off shopping for some "Grandpa" flannelette pyjamas for him. Now my husband goes to bed all rugged up with his strippy PJ's and a woollen beanie. He actually looks quite cute, but the main thing is he feels warm. This time before leaving hospital he had to have two blood transfusions as his blood counts were too low to recover on their own. When you are given blood after an accident, where you are losing blood, they can pump it in quite fast to replace the volumes lost. When you are having it as a way of boosting your blood count, it has to be done quite slowly, as your body already has all the blood it needs, and it needs to "make room" for this new, enriched supplement. So, it took 3 hours each time to infuse just 300 mls of blood. They can only take between 3 to 4 hours to infuse it as, after the four hour mark, the blood starts to clot in the bag and won't feed through. The blood transfusion seems to have really worked as he is a lot stronger this time than last time. Our biggest thanks to all you blood donors out there. It is a real gift.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Look At This Gorgeous Little Poppet....

Isn't this little girl just the most wonderful sweetheart. She is holding on to her doll with such care, I think it might have been her pride and joy. I remember my Mum used to cut our fringes that short when we were little. I don't think I ever went to a hairdresser until I was a teenager!! I am now making myself sound ancient aren't I!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter in Australia....

Here in Australia, a trend has been developing lately to give chocolate Easter "Bilby's" at Easter instead of Easter Bunnies. The Bilby is the cutest little Australian critter and it is actually a type of Bandicoot. It loves to eat insects and fruit and it loves to live in the hot and dry desert regions of Australia. They have the most enormous ears and these help it to find its prey. The females have a rear opening pouch so that the pouch does not fill with soil when they dig. Don't those big chocolate ears look yummy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Have a Lovely Easter Everyone....

I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing and safe Easter. Let's hope we all get a visit from the Easter Bunny!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Update on My Husband

My dear husband Bernie came home from hospital on the weekend after his third round of chemotherapy. It is such a strong regime of chemo that he needs to be in hospital for one week for each cycle. It is very taxing and exhausting for him, and it is quite incredible the amount of medicines that are pumped into his body in the hope of taming this awful disease. He has slept for most of the time he has been home this time, and we have been told that this is due to the cumulative effect of each cycle of chemo. He has not had to deal with nausea thank goodness as the drugs they give him for this work so well. His biggest problem is his mouth. His taste buds have been completely altered with the chemicals, and things he normally loves, he can't stand the taste of. Meals that are normally his favourites, I cook for him and he can't stand the flavour. Now it could be my cooking, but I am still blaming the chemo!!

He will be back into hospital the week after next for round four of chemo treatment. After round four the Specialist will do a full scan to see how the disease is being affected by the Chemo treatment. That is going to be a very anxious time. Thanks to everyone for your continued good wishes and prayers for us. You are all angels. xxxxx Christine. xxxxxx

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Look What I Just Bought.....

I really adore vintage baby shoes, I don't know why, they just look so cute and I can imagine some poor Mum saving up for ages to buy a wonderful pair of little shoes for their precious one. The boot button shoes amaze me the most as, you know how hard it is to get a toddler to sit still long enough to get their shoes on, can you imagine trying to get these on and done up. I suppose one thing, once you got them on, it would be a bit of a struggle for the little'un to get them off again. I have always wanted a little black and white pair like this for my collection, and, as I have absolutely no will power, here they are. They are cute though aren't they?

Friday, April 3, 2009