Les poissons en France

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Well, things are progressing faster than we anticipated. Last Thursday (5 days ago) we took delivery of a 'rollator', which is a kind of zimmer frame with wheels on. The physio had her walking round the room straight away, but yesterday (Monday), Sue walked down into the kitchen! This involves negotiating one step down into the shower room, one step down into the hall, and then5 steps down into the kitchen. The physio had originally talked of needing a long ramp down these 5 steps or maybe hand rails. However, yesterday Sue went for it, and he's now talking about Sue using just a crutch.

Needless to say, Sue was exhausted by the effort involved.

Meanwhile I'm continuing with regular exercise. I want to be in good condition when I finally get to see my heart people in Toulouse in February.

The bike is tucked away on the first floor landing which has become a temporary storage area at the moment. I find 'biking' tedious and I would much prefer to go walking, but, on the bike I'm within hearing range if Sue needs anything. Not that I feel that I need too much 'extra' exercise! I feel that I'm working out anyway. I don't seem to have much time for anything other than running about looking after Sue, the two cats, and doing the housework and cooking and .....

You ladies know what I'm on about!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Day in the Life ...

Greet the day ....

washed and dressed ...

catching up on emails ...

lunch ....

chatting to friends.

Hard life, eh?

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Velo d'appartement

That's what an exercise bike is called in French.

So I now have no excuse for not doing my daily exercises! Having said that, it's boring sitting on it and pedalling for 40 minutes!!! The plan will be to walk when it's good weather and bike when it's not.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

...and a Happy New Year

Well, we're starting 2012 in a hopeful frame of mind.

I've just got to convince my doctors that I'm fine and Sue has to keep up the good work to regain her strength. She finished the 4th cycle of her chemo on Friday and everyone is pleased at her progress. She is daily regaining more and more movement and her doctor at Cahor Hospital agreed to change her 'corset' for a weight-lifter's Lumbar belt. This is going to allow her to move about much more freely! They are going to do a blood test in 2 weeks time to check on the level of cancer cells in her blood, then it's to be 2 more cycles of chemo, which will take us up to March. Then they'll do a scan or an MRI.

On Christmas Eve, the carer who was on that day took a photo of us. Subsequently, all of the girls seem to have seen it! However, today they gave us a New Year's card which they'd made using the photo. We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit which they all show us.