A consultation with my haematologist has given me a period of remission. My blood tests show that my white blood cells are normal but with slight inflammatory markers. CT Scan is okay and consultant will see me, after more blood tests, in two months time. So I’m breathing a sigh of relief for the moment.
A random blood test in April this year discovered an ‘anomaly’. My GP suggested a referral to a haematologist due to an abnormally high amount of white blood cells in my bloodstream, suggestive of some kind of infection. I was subsequently diagnosed with T-prolymphocytic leukaemia. Given six months to live if I declined any treatment, I decided to submit to a sixteen week, three times a week, regime. The treatment was an intravenous infusion of ‘Alemtuzamab’ otherwise known as ‘MabCampath’.
After eighteen weeks of treatment my white blood cell count is down to normal, but my immune system is at rock bottom. A CT scan followed, then after blood tests I see my consultant at the end of September.
Coming soon after two heart operations in 2016 followed by a resection of the prostate I’m still alive and have just made my eightieth birthday. Happy days!
I was watching several species of birds on my feeders this morning when, wow! Picus viridis, aka the green woodpecker, alighted on my lawn and stayed for quite a while. Over 21 species visit my garden on a regular basis, but this was the first sight of a green woodpecker at home for me. Sadly it was scared off by the arrival of a squirrel, they’re after my nuts you know!
A new winter tick! I always thought that the Blackcap (Sylvia Atricapilla) was a summer visitor to the UK. But lo and behold a male blackcap was on my feeders this morning, a definite ID. Perhaps they want to migrate to the UK before a ‘no deal’ Brexit kicks in!
So much noise and furore regarding the disappearance and alleged murder of one man, namely Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. All this at a time when many thousands of innocent people are being killed in Yemen on a daily basis. This a war of Muslims on Muslims in the so-called religion of peace. That’s the crazy world of Islam!
Why are all political parties in the UK and in Europe, and civic leaders at every level, in denial regarding the threat to our values of freedom of expression, democracy and rule of law. I’m referring of course to what most ordinary people know and think, and that is the real threat posed by Islam to our society. It’s not Jews, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, or Buddhists who commit atrocities in the name of their religion, or attempt to impose their barbaric stone age culture into our isles. Just check out the statistics, if you can be bothered; antisemitic attacks on individuals and synagogues, rape by Pakistanis, Somalis, and men from other sub Saharan Muslim countries, honour killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriages and the list goes on. Every crime against a woman in our society is deeply rooted in Muslim patriarchy.
Has the role of religion been used, or abused, in all this? Certainly not abused, but used and justified by reference to the Quran and Islamic culture.