Thursday, 31 January 2013


I'm such a bad blogger. Must try harder.

Firstly I must wish all of you gorgeous wonderful followers a very Happy New Year. I know a tad late but got there in the end. Christmas and New Year was lovely even though I had a stint in hospital just prior and was released on Christmas Eve. The best part was of course having my most wonderful brother and sister-in-law over from Oz. Such precious times were to be had and make you treasure them even more.

Unfortunately the fun was not to last and I was readmitted to hospital on 2nd January. The law of crap luck is still with me and the endocarditis is back. Apparently this almost never happens. Just me then! Treatment = 6 weeks of antibiotics. Ah but they have to be iv so means staying in hospital for that time. Thankfully I'm back at The London Clinic so am in exceptional hands.

Great start to the year eh?  Well apparently that still isn't enough for me to be getting on with.  My body decided that my ureteric stent should block resulting in the need for a Nephrostomy (yes kids my right kidney is peeing out of my back!). And if you are still keeping up, then a small bowel blockage decided to try and kill me (eek). A quiet sunday evening resulted in surgery which "saved my life". Quite a sobering thought really. I am now minus another 2 feet of small bowel but alas have gained a colostomy.

Yes folks I am now officially a bag lady.

So another chapter begins. It's a lot to take in. A lot to deal with. A new lifestyle and a new body image. I am now too posh to poo! Weird thought that! I have a lovely stoma lady Becky. She makes it all matter of fact and so easy to get on with. It's a good job I am not squeamish and I am now getting very familiar with my bodily ablutions. How this all will all work with my wardrobe is another matter but seeing as currently I am sporting the arse out gowns then it doesn't matter. A steep learning curve ahead I feel.

As for what now. Well potentially another op - even bigger than this one. An exenteration. It's my best chance I think at getting rid of this bastard sitting in my pelvis. The radio has curbed it from wandering off so we want to get it gone. But that is another time. Firstly I have to get over this. Drs Tummy and buddies are now filling me with calorie shakes to get my weight up. The alternative being a feeding tube - re no!

Meanwhile in the background of all of this has been my amazing husband. I can't begin to imagine what it has been like for him to watch me in pain and distress. He is truly incredible and I can't thank him enough. He is my world and there are no words.

Also I mustn't forget my family and friends who are on this hideous roller coaster with me. I hate that we are doing this together but together we are and for that I am truly thankful.

Anyway, I best nip off for another dash up the corridor. Keeps the physios happy and helps to build up my weedy legs!

I shall keep you posted. Thanks for reading.


  1. Love you

    Donna xxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. My goodness! Hard decisions all the time. You are such an example to us all. Get over the present difficulties quickly and try to enjoy the calorie shakes! Tanta xx

  3. You are a very very inspirational lady Claire and you always have had a great sense of humour. I am at Crossroads Vets and have been for some years- it was great when you and Obi etc were there, just wanted to send hello and a hug - keep blogging - this is the first time i ever read a blog - Vicky (reception/practice manager-still there.....eeek) xxx

  4. You are an amazing lady. Your inner strength is simply astounding & it's wonderful that you have managed to maintain your brilliant sense of humour throughout this bloody awful ongoing ordeal!

    I've never read anyone else's blog before; yours is the only one & as the lady said before, please keep blogging you are a true inspiration.
    Get those calorie shakes down you girl, for the next loop this roller coaster is taking you on!

    Much love
    Jodi x

  5. Hey lovely lady.

    Have been thinking of you, and hoping you're okay. Sending lots of love, and if you ever fancy a visitor you let me know and I will be there like a shot.

    Like it or not, you are amazing.

    Lots of love

    LM xx

  6. Rest in peace Claire, you will be sadly, sadly missed.

  7. RIP MM- an inspiration to us all x

  8. RIP Claire, you were so brave. xxx

  9. Rest in Peace Claire - a truly inspirational lady xxx

  10. So sorry that you lost the fight, what a cruel world this is sometimes. Wishing your family all the strength they need to remember you fondly and eventually without so much pain.

  11. Goodnight Claire, sweet dreams. X x x

  12. Goodnight and God Bless Claire. xxx

  13. Thinking of you and your family today, like plenty others I am sure I have my pink top on.

    Goodnight x

  14. Looked out of the window today and saw a beautiful shaft of sunlight after a brief snowstorm. Thinking about you today and missing you. xx

  15. Heh Sis,

    Rainbows regularly creep through the darkness and I know you are smiling down on us.... miss you so much xxx