08/07/13 Clive drove me over to Leeds to
catch my flight to Germany this afternoon. Flights from Gatwick
would have been much cheaper and would also have landed at Cologne
(closer to my destination) rather than Dusseldorf but the difficulty in
getting to Gatwick, and the timing, made it more feasible to fly from
Leeds. Astrid and her sister Sabine met me at Dusseldorf and
drove me back to Manfred's farm in Urbach.
15/07/13 This evening, I flew back to
Leeds after having a good week with Astrid, staying at her brother
Andreas's house attached to the farm belonging to Manfred and Astrid's
sister Annette. During the last week, I've tried to give moral
support to Astrid during her appointments at hospital for blood tests,
echocardiographs and chemotherapy treatment. I also accompanied
her in choosing a wig in preparation for the almost inevitable loss of
hair as a result of the chemo - a traumatic experience for her.
Despite all that, we did manage to get out and about a bit with Sabine
driving us around, visiting Engers to walk along the Rhine for a short
distance, and the zoo at Neuwied as well as a music festival in the
town. We also made a visit with Andreas and Jordan, to Krone
Circus which was visiting Neuwied. Apart from supporting Astrid,
it was good to catch up with old friends, Annette, Andreas, Sarah and
Jordan. Thank you everyone for your hospitality during my brief
stay. You are doing well Astrid, stay strong and keep it up!!
I will visit again after I've had my op and am fit to travel. I
have added a few photo's here.
16/07/13 Clive, Barbara and I drove up to Penrith today,
to stay with Kevin and Jane for a few days.
19/07/13 Returned from the Lake District
to Clive's house.
22/07/13 A future King born to Prince
William and the Duchess of Cambridge today at 4.24pm. He is third
in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William.
26/07/13 An afternoon at the hospital
today, for two appointments - an ultrasound scan of my carotid arteries
and a breathing capacity test for the anaesthetist to use. I got
into both appointments before the scheduled time, which is amazing
considering the chaos in which the NHS now finds itself. That's
all the preparations completed, I now just have to wait for an operation
28/07/13 Photo of a brave lady!
After a few days of Astrid's hair falling out in
clumps, she decided to take the plunge and get it over with, shaving it
all off and going for a new smooth look. Well done Astrid, all
your family and friends are backing you. X
31/07/13 There is a fault on my route
maps of which I was unaware! It seems a large portion of route is
missing between Langkawi and Borneo, even though it is logged in
Google maps. I have no idea how to correct this at the moment but
will try over the coming weeks.
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