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Glandular fever #10

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever on November 20, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

This time last year I was in the worst stage of glandular fever (GF), hardly able to walk far, feeling very ill and losing weight. However, now a year on I am much better 🙂 My body still sends out warning signs via an itchy, red rash on the left side of my neck and at the top of legs. The rash gets hot and can be very uncomfortable for long periods of time.

It appears to get worse if I get stressed/emotional, do too much – the fatigue comes back although it does mean I am out like a light night at bedtime! – and it shows itself as the neck rash. Bizarrely this clears after a night’s sleep, almost as if my body’s warning system is resetting itself.

Has anyone else experienced this at all? It is a strange lingering part of GF.

 

Glandular fever update #9

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , on September 25, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

It has now been a year since I first started with a sore throat and generally feeling unwell, which led to tonsillitis and then glandular fever being confirmed by blood tests in later October. It has been a challenging year health wise and the various forums have been a help. I also started a Facebook page to help people with GF or after help for a member of their family who may have it.

I am much better now than this time last year thankfully, although I do know that stress can trigger some of the GF symptoms to come back. One of the most unusual ones I had was my tongue feeling like it was burning and/or wants to turn in on itself – of that makes sense! My neck glands start to get redder as well, bit like a red Incredible Hulk in miniature 🙂

My biggest bugbear is the medical websites make GF sound like it is a nasty illness but only for a few weeks, when in fact for many it can last months and sometimes years. I also hear stories of those who recovered in a week or two, not sure I believe that as you need a blood test to actually show GF/Epstein-Barr virus is present.

I am doing the Couch To 5K to get back into running and get my old fitness levels back. It is tough going and some days I am exhausted, although it is now a case of remembering how I felt before GF as everyone has days when they feel tired and not up for doing much. I keep taking my daily vitamins and rest when my body says it wants one. I have had one bad relapse to date and the support of my lovely family and friends helps a lot.

Save Loyd Road Fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 7, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Save Loyd Road Fields campaign now has a website.

Plenty of public objections coming in and one from the Rights Of Way body. The deadline for responses to the proposed development is July 12.

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Save Loyd Road fields update

Posted in Didcot, Family life with tags , , , on July 4, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Catesby Estates have a speculative planning application in for a green space near to Loyd Road, Didcot. Residents and interested parties have until July 12 to raise their objections to South Oxfordshire council. The local press has already picked up on the story. A target decision date has been given for early September.

Keep up to date via the Save Loyd Fields Facebook page.

Glandular fever #8 relapses

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever with tags , , , on June 26, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

After a good couple of months recovery since February these past few days I have been seeing the glandular fever (GF) symptoms come back. These have included my glands inflaming on the left side of my neck, under my left armpit and the right side of my groin. Also the general feeling of being unwell – always hard to describe but I think people who have had GF know what I mean, you just don’t feel your normal self and it feels worse than say a day when you felt tired or a little low.

I am pretty sure this relapse has come about as I approach the first anniversary of my dad passing away – in fact happy birthday dad as he would have been 71 today 🙂 Even though I am trying to keep my positive mind set and avoid stress, in the background my mind and body are thinking otherwise causing these GF symptoms to come back. I will try and keep calm as possible, keep taking the Echinacea and vitamins as although GF is back, each relapse is normally not as bad or long as the initial bout. Anyone with similar experiences please do share them.

Save Loyd Road fields Didcot

Posted in Family life, News, Politics with tags , , , , on June 23, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Since moving to Didcot I am amazed at the amount of new housing being built, most driven by the gigantic Great Western Park development which seems to dwarf the town. That seems fairly well planned and logical, however now there is new scheme to build 135 new homes between a designated ‘green break’ between the outskirts of Didcot and the village of East Hagbourne by Catesby Estates.

I am no NIMBY but this scheme appears to trample over South Oxfordshire’s local plan and if you wish to object to the planning application you have until July 12 to lodge your views. There is a Facebook action page here and there is an excellent blog Mind The Green Gap that gives more information on this proposed development.

Glandular fever #7

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

Having been well on the road to recovery these past few weeks I was hoping that I’d seen the worst of glandular fever (GF) off, however it has come back (or a relapse) this past week. My neck glands are sore/swollen, feeling generally ‘yucky’ and my stomach is playing musical ‘tunes’ all day! Trying to see what caused it, it looks like increased stress although I have been keeping stress levels down as much as possible. Trouble is however much you try to occupy your thoughts elsewhere, they soon come back to any issues troubling you and this in turn seems to have an adverse affect on GF.

I am determined this won’t set me back too much and I am keeping up my daily vitamins (B’s and D are the key ones for GF), although sadly my return to running is on hold again. I will get out and have a run soon though, that’s a positive to keep me focused on riding this GF relapse out.

There really does need to be more awareness made of GF and how it can have long lasting impacts on people, albeit at varying levels.