Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Blood tests, Thorn Take 3 and Bonekickers

Up bright and early this morning for my second ovarian tumour marker blood test, which I’d booked for 9am. Actually I was there early and they just slotted me in, so at least I got that part over soon, hurrah. While I was there, I reminded them that my holiday starts on Saturday and ideally I’d like to know results and what the next stage will be before I go. The very sweet and chatty nurse suggested I ring in late this afternoon or tomorrow to get the results, which I will do – though of course that doesn’t take me any further forward in terms of what happens next, if that’s what’s needed. I also gather from the first results letter that they’re intending to bring my October scan forward as well, but as yet I don’t know to when. UPDATE: not great news, I'm afraid: my blood test is higher than the first one was (up is bad and down is good), so they're referring me to the Royal Surrey for further investigation. Groan. Sounds rather like a police operation to me ... I shall presumably await a letter telling me when I'm due to stand trial (as it were) once I'm back from holiday. Hey ho.

Meanwhile, and to take my mind off my ovaries (surely every woman needs that!), there’s yet more exciting news about Thorn in the Flesh – the Kindle eBook version is now available at Amazon.com and can be found here at a very reasonable price – so the ideal accompaniment to your Kindle machine. I’m thrilled at the new venture, as you can imagine. Here’s to healthy sales. I’m hoping I might get more American and other interest this time round, as I gather some non-UK people were put off by the postage price of the original paperback. eBooks solve that problem for sure!

It was too cold and wet to wander round campus at lunchtime so I just attempted to do a sudoku at my desk. And failed, sigh. I can see I’m going to have to call on Lord H’s skills in the logic arena this evening … Anyway, this afternoon, I’ve been sending out the annual report templates to people, even though it’s not due for a while yet. Ha! That’ll keep them on their toes, eh … And the Project Welcome team have asked me to minute their final pre-Freshers’ Week meeting, so I’d best get my brain in gear. Minuting meetings where you don’t know anything about what’s been said before is always scary – funny how non-minuters never seem to realise this. I’m sure they think we just swan in and start scribbling, but heck it’s honestly not that easy. Background is all. Though I suppose winging it is my middle name. But really only in novel writing …

As I’m feeling better today, I’ll pop in to see Gladys tonight on the way home – I’m not sure she really knew it was her birthday last week, to be honest – or she wasn’t too keen on the idea of being another year older. I’ll have to do a sneaky check while I’m restocking the bird table and see whether she remembered to open her presents.

Tonight, I’ll do some marketing for the new Thorn and then there’s the existential joy of “Bonekickers” on TV, double hurrah. I do so love that programme and have no idea why everyone bitches about it. Hey, people, it’s fantasy – live with it! After all, nobody ever complains about how unreal “Dr Who” is … And I’m beginning to bond with the Bonekickers team too – hmm, perhaps there is really no hope for me after all?

I've also finished reading Joseph Hansen's Skinflick - the next in my re-reading of his 1970s gay crime series. Marvellous stuff - the ending is so shit-hot. I was on the edge of my seat. Great characters, great dialogue and snappy pace - I love it.

Today’s nice things:

1. The Amazon.com Thorn eBook
2. Battling womanfully with sudokus
3. TV.
3. Reading

Anne Brooke
Anne's website


Unknown said...

Really sorry to hear of your ovary woes. Keeping my fingers crossed that all is well for you. x

Nik Perring said...

Yes, I'm sorry to hear that too Anne. Hope they get you sorted and soon.


Nik X

Sarah Hilary said...

So sorry to hear that you're facing further tests, Anne. Take care and try not to let it spoil your holiday. Sarah x

Lover of Books, Films and Good Coffee Shops Everywhere! said...

Sorry you are going through such a worrying time Anne. I hope they hurry up with organising your scan so you can get everything sorted as quickly as possible.

Is your holiday the one to Norfolk with the bird watching?

Sue (and Peter)

Anne Brooke said...

Thank you, people - much appreciated indeed! Ovaries send love too ... hmm, scary thought that!...

Soooooo looking forward to my holiday - but not to the coming back bit!

Hugs to all


PS Yes it's bird watching hurrah, Sue! (and Peter!)

Jackie Luben said...

Thinking of you, Anne, and hope that things go well. Have a good holiday.

Anonymous said...

Hey - take care of yourself and have a good holiday. I had half an ovary removed 15 years ago, so I know where you're coming from. Deb x

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, guys - well, gals anyway! Feel better knowing more, weirdly. And sorry to hear about the op, Debbie - but really good to know. I had no idea they could do halves of ovaries! Good to know there's hope! Thank you.



Jackie Luben said...

And I forgot to say, well done on the Thorn in the Flesh e-book.

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jackie!


Cathy said...

Thinking of you Anne. Did they give you any idea how quickly you would hear from the hospital re future investigations?


Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Cathy - not sure. I'm hoping to chase them up after my holiday if nothing's come through by then.

Hope all as well as possible with you and yours

Love & hugs


Jilly said...

Sorry to hear your news Anne. I'll keep my fingers crossed that they find out everything is ok after further investigations. At least you have your holiday to take your mind off it a bit. Hugs xx

Anne Brooke said...

Thanks, Jilly!

Hugs to you