Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Saturday, 7 March 2015
You may well guess from the lack of posts that I've been ill. Since Christmas. I've also moved house, 6 days before Christmas.
I've finally recovered and am back at work and now painting, and the first thing I need to do is my Secret Santa's painting. Thankfully, he's understanding, and has been happy to wait.
This is what I'm painting:
Posted by Shirley at 4:24:00 pm
Friday, 16 January 2015
It's been a while since I posted anything- a combination of a very protracted house move, making 5 bridesmaid dresses and being ill. The house move triggered an ME flare up (no surprise there) and then I've had a chest infection that hasn't wanted to go.
I've also been down to London to take part in Stage 1 of a research trial, something that has given me hope of possible recovery for the first time since I developed ME, 9 and a half years ago.
This trial is being carried out at UCL hospital, and has been funded by donations. Stage 1 is attempting to identify if there are problems with people's B natural killer Cells in our blood, and involved a series of questionnaires then some blood samples. My friend Mike came, to take notes and generally support me; he ended up being a healthy control, and also donated blood samples for testing!
The questionnaires were fairly straight forward - about the onset and progression of ME, detailed stuff about symptoms, then questions about childhood illnesses. They were very interested when I said I'd had chicken pox 3 times - once age 7 badly, mildly age 22 and again badly in my early 40s. They told me that chicken pox is in the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) group of viruses, that feature in ME. http://simmaronresearch.com/2014/03/1591/
I had no idea about this at all. They talked about Glandular Fever as well, and the possible links to ME.
What's next? Mine and Mikes blood will be tested, the B cells looked at, other stuff looked at and compared to lots of other people's blood. The team at UCL will then produce a report with what they've learnt. I'll get a copy of it.
Right now, the Rituximab trial is on hold, as there's a larger trial, with 200 people taking part happening in Norway, and so Dr Berkovitz wants to wait to see the results of that trial before starting the UK trial - he's said he wants to see exactly what happens to the Norwegian trial people before using a powerful chemotherapy drug on UK people.
Watch this space for more news as I get it!
Posted by Shirley at 8:03:00 pm
Thursday, 18 September 2014
I've had a strange couple of months - we sold our house at the end of July and have house sat for some friends for a few weeks and have now moved to my mum's. Our new house will be ready soon, I'm looking forward to living there. It's a bungalow, so my life should be a bit easier as I'll have no stairs to deal with :)
As a consequence, I've not had many opportunities to paint, but today it's my BFF's birthday today, so I've painted something for her. It's the entrance to where we stayed for her birthday last year; here's the photo I've based the painting on:
Here's part way through painting:
Even though I was going to be covering parts of the door in greenery I wanted to paint the whole door so that it could show through.
I painted the mortar of the bricks first, then used a small fitch brush to paint individual bricks, changing the colours as I went to reflect the differing colours of the bricks.
The I painted the door:
Next, I shaded in background greenery and painted the lace at the window:
I just scrubbed the paint on, as I was planning on over painting it to do the detail of the plants.
I then painted in the plants - ivy at the top and bottom on the right, conifer in the middle and on the left. I enjoyed painting this, it was very relaxing!
The whole painting:
Posted by Shirley at 10:51:00 pm
Monday, 26 May 2014
At last, I've had more than 30 minutes to myself that hasn't included laying on the sofa recovering from having done too much!
These last couple of months have been hard going - a combination of trying to do more than I could, having ME flare-ups due to trying to do too much, then lying on the sofa doing nothing because I'm too tired to do anything.
My husband has been up for re-election as a local councillor, so for the last month, I've been a canvassing widow as he's been out every evening and most weekends. The election was last Thursday, and he was re-elected. I've been trying to do more around the house so that he could focus on politics, and at the same time we decided to put our house up for sale and move to a bungalow.
Our house sold within just a few days, so now we have to find somewhere to move to!
Enough of all that though, let's get onto what you want to see. Zelda.
I've ordered some batteries for my camera online, but I'm still only iPad, I'm sorry!
Here's the whole thing:
Posted by Shirley at 6:56:00 pm