My consultant haematologist has signed me off for another three months. White blood cell count is still normal.

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(Sitta europaea) was on my bird feeders yesterday and today. Often seen in a woodland habitat, this nuthatch was a first for my garden. It was too quick for me to take a photo, so I nicked this drawing from off t’interweb.


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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.

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An anomaly

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!

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Green Woodpecker

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!

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New Winter tick

BlackcapA 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!

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