2011 started with me being diagnosed as having a "twisted stomach" also known as a cup and spill stomach. the treatment prescribed by the GP was obviously not working and I was loosing a lot of weight, it was when my weight dropped to 8.5 stone from 13.5 stone that I managed to convince the GP that there were other issues with my health,
In April I was admitted to A&E after a fall where I was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis and the recovery started from there. as mentioned my weight at that point was 8.5 stone and I was on a feeding tube for 4 weeks, followed by a puree diet which I have only just come of off for a "Soft Lumps Diet.
|Arron and Sarah holding me steady |
for the Photograph
I attended my Nephews Arron,s wedding to Sarah at the end of may 1 week after being discharged from Hospital and it was one of the highlights of my year, it was so good to be back home, and it is thanks to my son Gervase and my good friends Pauline and Gordon that I managed to attend the ceremony. They made sure I was dressed and drove me there and pushed me in the wheelchair.
|Gervase and leanne 2009|
The next highlight was the Second anniversary of My son Gervase and Leanne,s Wedding they are a lovely couple and are doing so well in there lives, My late wife Chris would be so proud of Him.
By July I am having my Prednisolone tapered down and increasing the Methotrexate and am starting to put on a bit of weight.
|Jodie and Dave Aug 2011|
Well I am still making progress and although I still have limited mobility I am feeling a lot better in my self. It is nearly a year since I first started to feel the weakness in my swallowing and I was diagnosed in November of 2010 with Dysphagia, a lot has happened since then.
|Christine 1945 - 1993|
On October the 4th it will be 17 years since my dear wife Christine passed away after fighting Breast Cancer for 8 years, and it is the memory of her courage that spurs me on to fight this Dermatomyositis. Gervase was only 12 years old when Christine lost her fight and I know we both miss her very much and she is always in our thoughts.
|Me November 2011|
So all that is left is to say Have a Happy New Year wherever you may be and I will be back again tomorrow with the normal Journal Format,
HAPPY NEW YEAR