No news has been good news. As you will have noticed from the photo in August, FL has been looking and feeling pretty good - woo hoo!
However, it was his 2-monthly Haematology appointment today, so it's time for an update.
He has been golfing five times a week.
He has been identifying workmen to carry out essential house repairs (new front and back doors, guttering, drainage, septic tank, kitchen lights). The jobs aren't done yet, but just finding someone willing to do the work is a major task around here, and he has found the energy for the quest!
He spoke to his brother on the telephone.
He went on a mushroom-identification walk and is now obsessed by scouring the forest for new specimens. (Hence the photos, all from our own woods.)
He has been suffering severe cramp every night, which wakes us both up from sleep.
He finds sitting painful - so much so that he sometimes adopts a reclining driving position, which is frankly scary.
When we walk the dog, I have noticed he takes wide detours to avoid stepping on stones or gravel. When I asked, he said it was really painful to walk over rough ground.
I jokingly jostled him while we were out in the fields and he almost fell, saying that I had knocked his spine out of alignment. Um... sorry! It was just a nudge, honest!
And the other night he kept me awake in a terribly maudlin state, complaining about the pain and how he couldn't go on like this... so I consoled him and stroked his forehead until he fell asleep again. In the morning, he denied it ever having happened.
And the Doctor says:
His Freelite test from early August shows a very slight increase from zero to 0.2 "not worth noting". Speak for yourself, Doctor! I noted it well. And she ordered another Freelite test today.
So all is well for now... but we may be entering a new era of fragility. I have booked us another short break, at my most-favourite holiday cottage by the sea.
Not too far distant in time.
Just in case.