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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

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.

everyday

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 🙂

Glandular fever #3

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , on January 6, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Interesting older feature on singer Ali Campbell of UB40 fame who had GF and said he felt like a ninety year old –

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1357622/UB40-frontman-Ali-Campbell-road-glandular-fever.html

I can relate to that as now on the anniversary of fifteen weeks with GF I can now get out and about at a pace slightly above ‘stop’! From the outside people may not see much unless they see you day to day and can spot when you enter your exhausted state. I am currently easing back into work doing a 5-6 hour day WFH. I make sure I have regular breaks and have a wander at midday.

I am seeing how my body copes with the extra push each day, so far had one really bad evening this week when it came back and I felt like collapsing in a heap. I do get warning signs as my tongue gets irritated, including little ulcers on it,  my left hand side throat glands show red and I you feel generally unwell.Seems silly to be chuffed at walking for ten minutes without ill affects when back in September I was happily ding 5k Park Run’s with no after affects.

I have been very lucky having such a supportive partner who has encouraged me to keep pushing on walking and exercise once I have reached a comfortable plateau. Also keeping an eye on what I am eating as I lost nearly a stone and was concerned I wasn’t putting much weight back on back in November time. Some of it is back now, although not as heavy as I did weigh and I am not complaining about that 🙂

For those with GF and seeing no improvement in sight, do keep a positive look, which believe you me is difficult, and try to alleviate stress as much as possible. One thing GF thrives on is stress. I have been using the Paul McKenna book and download calming session. I was a tad cynical of these previously but it seems to work and may be worth a go for some.

Glandular fever #2

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever, News with tags , on January 1, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Well got through Christmas and the new year with glandular fever (GF). This included shopping trips and a walk that took over twenty minutes, which sounds not much for me normally but then less than a month ago I was happy to be able to walk five minutes without a break!

The key for fellow GF sufferers is to plan your day and time wisely. If you’re going out make sure you can take a break and/or rest stop. I find I have more energy after a meal or if I have rested up for a couple of hours beforehand. Don’t go overboard on your trips out and have a clear plan of where you are going, where to park and/or catch the bus/train.

GF is unique to each person and having it really makes you listen to your body. I have had GF for over fourteen weeks now and it is case of pushing a little bit more, not too much as GF will kick back at you. Anyone currently with GF (or mono as the Americans call it), take heart as you will gradually start to feel better. It may not be a quick recovery, although some people do bounce back quickly, but recover you will.

Also do keep taking the vitamins, particularly D and B.

Glandular fever

Posted in Stoke City FC, Family life with tags , , , , on November 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I was diagnosed with glandular fever (GF) four weeks again, although had been feeling ill since the end of September. I had tonsillitis first and thought that was it, however a blood test revealed I had GF. It was a real shock especially as I am over 45!

There is not a lot of advice out there for us old ‘uns. However, this blog is very useful focussing on how to keep a positive mind set. I have also found Paul McKenna’s ‘Control Stess’ a real eye opener and help. I was previously very cynical of his work, not any more.

It can appear as various symptoms anywhere in your body, although look out for swollen glands in your neck, tongue, under armpits and even your groin. It does knock you for six and make sure your family and friends understand it as it doesn’t show many visible symptoms like say a cold.

Anyone with GF out there please do get in touch and I will post up useful links etc. I find.

Take lots of vitamins especially B ones; rest is key although keep some activity; don’t push yourself as GF will kick back at you; above all listen and respect what your is telling you.😉

Six years blogging…

Posted in Family life, Five Quick Q's with..., Football, Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2016, News, Stoke City FC, The Premiership, theatre royal hanley on March 1, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The past six years have flown by since I started this blog 🙂

Back in March 2008 did some Five Q’s with various musicians, many of whom are still performing today, albeit some in different bands:

https://stokieboy.wordpress.com/2008/03/

Maybe time to do a few more.

Thank you reading and supporting the Rock ‘N’ Roll Oatcake, the only website where you can read about the Hanley Babes, Stoke City FC, lots of music news & recommendations and John Otway!