Walk All Over Cancer fundraising

Posted in Family life, Fundraising, News with tags , , , on February 14, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

As I continue to recover from glandular fever I am joining my wife Andrea in her Walk All Over Cancer fundraising. Basically you pledge to walk 10,000 steps per day during the whole of March. Based on the average person’s stride it’s 5 miles (or 8 km) and you should have clocked up 150 miles by the end of the month – about the distance from London to Manchester. Easy?! Well considering back in November I couldn’t walk more than five minutes without being exhausted this seems a perfect way to get my fitness back, tell GF to jog on and most importantly raise funds for a worthy cause.

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Any donations much appreciated and even if you can just spread the word about the event, Cancer Research or provide a word of encouragement, it all counts and is gratefully received.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/team-aj

Bojan joins Manz on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bojan has joined German club Mainz on loan for the rest of the season. Good luck to him and he may be back at Stoke next season, although not sure he features much in Mark Hughes’ plans.

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Injury wise Stephen Ireland, Jack Butland and Geoff Cameron are all due back by the end of February, whilst Jon Walters has no return date as yet from his knee injury/surgery.

Glandular fever #5

Posted in Glandular fever with tags , , , on January 24, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

For many glandular fever will be gone within a few weeks, however for some (and I am one of these) it can last for months the fatigue stage. As the NHS Direct website states: ‘While the symptoms of glandular fever can be very unpleasant, most of them should pass within two to three weeks. Fatigue, however, can occasionally last several months.’

Stress can bring it back, and also getting excited about things like say a trip out, can bring it back. You can’t win with this darn thing can you? Well you can, if you pace yourself and keep as positive as you can. That can be easier said than done, however focus on something you lie be it music, books, your family and loved ones, your faith (a lot of GF stories I have read the people have a string religious belief).

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I have been feeling a little ill again in the past couple of weeks as GF has come back a bit, mainly as I have been doing a little too much. So trying to get the life/work balance right and it is by trail and error really, as unless you push yourself a little you will reach a plateau and not do much more.

This posting on the Patient forum for Infectious Mononucleosis sums it up nicely:

‘…it’s such a hard virus to deal with and it’s important people know there is hope and recovery at the end of the road for everyone reading this who is or has been struggling with mono/glandular fever and just feels weary and tired and scared, which is more than understandable given the circumstances.

It is different for everyone, for me I would say the biggest turning point came around after 9 months, and although it still took a little while after then to feel completely normal I was able to live a much more normal life from then on, so long as I paced myself and still took care. It did still take me a while to get back working full time again, but I think my confidence and things were shaken a bit too in that respect, and it’s important to phase things in and not just jump back in to the deep end, I think that definitely helps.

Everyone is different though, some people recover quicker, and often it’s a zig-zag kind of recovery, where sometimes you can get mini set backs and wonder if you’re back to square one – be assured that you’re not if feeling that way today it’s just part of the recovery process, and you definitely will get better – there is hope and recovery for everyone with this horrible virus, your body eventually gets on top of it and then it can harm you no more!’

Berahino signs and two youngsters out on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City finally signed Saido Berahino from West Brom on a five and half year deal for at least £12m, rising to possibly £15m with add ons/clauses. Hopefully he can rediscover his goal scoring form of the 2014-15 season. His signing could see Bojan leave this week with Middlesboro the most likely destination still.

Two youngsters have gone on loan for the rest of the season…Ollie Shenton has joined Wrexham and Ryan Sweeney has gone to Bristol Rovers. Shenton was tipped to break into first team action after a couple of subs appearances in the 2014-15 season. This is the first loan period for Shenton which will hopefully develop his potential further. Sweeney joined us in the summer from AFC Wimbledon after impressing greatly during his time there.

Glandular fever #4

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , on January 17, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After my busiest weekend yet since having glandular fever (GF) today and yesterday GF came back. However, I am managing it better and although my tongue feels horrible and has ulcers on it and my neck glands are up, plus good old wind is there, I still feel better than I would have done back in November. To be fair back in November I could hardly get to the end of the garden and back.

The hardest part now is doing enough but not too much, and the fact I am not used to being ill this long, nor are my family and loved ones used to this either. It is a strange illness in that not many visible signs can be seen, unless someone sees you every day they won’t see much change either when you start to recover.

I am still taking my daily vitamins and Echinacea plus walking for at least twenty minutes a day. You have to make and adapt your own routine as it affects each person differently, almost like GF pings around your glands and body organs seeing what ‘fun’ and havoc it can have!

I also keep a list of good moments in my Joy List. Fear not though I am not turning into some tree hugger 🙂

Enjoy yourselves and take time out to appreciate things.

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Bojan, Crouch and Walters

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, Transfer rumours with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bojan looks to be the centre of a bid from Middlesboro, although Mark Hughes in his press conference today said Bojan was going nowhere, although he is injured and misses tomorrow’s game at Sunderland.

Peter Crouch has signed a one year extension to his current contract which keeps him at the club until 2018.

Jonathan Walters has had knee surgery and is likely to be out for a few weeks.

Only one incoming transfer has gained any traction, the continued pursuit of West Brom’s Saido Berahnio. Spurs are reportedly interested again with Pulis and West Brom keener to cash in now as Berahino’s contract expires this summer.

Get running :)

Posted in Family life, Running with tags , , , on January 10, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The BBC have a good article on how to get running – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/26777663

and then you can find a local running club or event here at Run Together https://runtogether.co.uk/

Personally I would highly recommend the Park Run series of 5K runs that take place all over the UK on a Saturday morning.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/

I can’t wait to get back to running once my glandular fever is cleared 🙂