Archive for July, 2017


Hi there,

I have not done an update on my health for a while so I thought I would give you a short update.

Its been over a year and half since I have had my transplant. Unfortunately the new kidney has never worked properly.

This week I had my 3 monthly appointment with the Kidney transplant specialists at North Staffordshire hospital. My bloods results were as expected with my kidney function hovering around the 18 mark. The Doctors did not really say anything else except confirming that the donor kidney is only providing a little bit of kidney function. Although the new kidney has not worked as I expected I guess it has helped keep me off dialysis for the time being.  I have not been put back on the transplant list as the threshold to be put on the transplant list is 15% kidney function. But even though I still feel crap they cannot do anything for me. And they will not remove the kidney or reduce the anti-rejection medication.

Since my transplant I have been up and down. Some days I have been ok but most days I feel terrible. I try to do as much as I can and I try to keep my mind active. But it is getting more and difficult. I don’t know if it is the effects of all the anti-rejection medication I am on but the fatigue and tiredness seems to have worsened over the year. Most days I cannot do anything. So I take each day as it comes. If it is a good day I try to do as much as I can. If it is a bad day I do nothing.

In February I was admitted to hospital with a severe stomach bug.  I remember it was a Tuesday morning (well it was Shrove Tuesday to be exact) and I had just come down for breakfast. I was in the middle of making pancakes with poached eggs when I felt incredibly unwell. I felt extremely dizzy and light-headed. The room was spinning and the last thing I remember is thinking I needed to sit down before I collapse. Then the next thing I remember is coming round on the floor with my wife standing over me. She was on the phone to the ambulance. I told her I was fine and persuaded her not to continue with calling an ambulance. She then wanted to call the kidney unit but again I persuaded her not to.

I felt extremely unwell and had severe diarrhea but I did not want go into hospital as I thought I just had a bug and I will get over it. It took 3 days for my wife to eventually persuade me ring the kidney unit and go into hospital. I was incredibly stupid and stubborn. The hospital ran tests and determined I was severely dehydrated and that my kidney function, Potassium and Magnesium levels were dangerously low. They immediately put me on a drip. Further blood tests revealed that I had Camplyobacter (which is a common cause of food poisoning). They did not give me any antibiotics as it was just a matter of riding it out until it had all got out of my system.

After a few days (most of it spent on the toilet) and several drips I had recovered enough to go home. But this event taught me a valuable lesson. Don’t be so stubborn in the future. Listen to your body and more importantly always listen to your wife :).

I have to remember that I am not as healthy as I used to be and I cannot fight illnesses like I use to.  They are dangerous to me and I need to go to hospital if needed.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. thanks for reading.

Remember more than 10,000 people need and organ transplant in the UK. So donation is extremely important.

http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is my review of Spider-Man:Homecoming (Released at Cinema in July 2017) which my family and I saw at the cinema recently.

I was not really sure whether I would like as the previous Spider-Man film (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) had let the franchise down. But I had high hopes because it was a joint enterprise with Marvel and his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War was brilliant.

Spider-Man Homecoming is the first of its franchise but thankfully, it was not an origins story.  We pick up the story with an already powered up Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, living with his Aunt May in Queens, living the life of a teenage school kid in high school with super powers.  I really like the fact that they didn’t go through the whole origin story again. As every Spider-Man fan knows Peter gets bit by a spider, he gets powers and he figures out his life as a hero.  You can only re-tell the same story so many times. We didn’t really need that story for a 3rd time.

Anyway, This film starts following the Battle of New York (from avengers assemble) as Adrian Toomes (played by the brilliant Michael Keaton) and his salvage company are contracted to clean up the city, but their operation is taken over by Tony Stark’s U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). Enraged at being driven out of business, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they have already scavenged and use it to create and sell advanced weapons.

We then pick up the story 8 Years later where he is thriving in the city as a crime boss/arms dealer called, The Vulture and providing for his family and friends. At the same time Peter Parker (Spider-Man) has been drafted into the Avengers by Stark to help with an internal dispute (Captain America:Civil War), but resumes his studies at the Midtown School of Science and Technology when Stark tells him he is not yet ready to become a full Avenger.

But Peter continues his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man. One night, after preventing criminals from robbing an ATM with their advanced weapons from Toomes, Parker returns to his Queens apartment where his best friend Ned discovers his secret identity. Peter and Ned then continue their investigation into Toomes with the disapproval of Tony Stark.  I won’t reveal much else as I do not want to spoil it for every body.

This is not a usual superhero focussed film, it’s more like a teen movie. As it focuses on the day-to-day troubles of a typical 15-year-old geeky teenager in high school as he tries to balance school with being a crime fighter at the same time. So if anything, it is more a Peter Parker focussed story than a Spider-Man one.  Tom Holland is brilliant as Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  He owns every scene he’s in, never getting blown off the screen by his co-stars, which include such formidable personalities as Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton. Tom Hollands intelligence and good-natured manner perfectly captures Peter Parker’s youthfulness, earnestness and moral center. And throughout the film Peter screws up a lot, I mean a lot, but he’s a good kid who knows when he has to set things right and Holland sells all of that.

But I have to say Ned played by Jacob Batalon just about manages to steal the show for me as he has some particularly funny moments as Peter’s side kick.

In summary I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I felt it had the perfect combination of action, special effects and humour.

Marvel and Sony have succeeded to produce a great Spider-Man film in the marvel universe franchise. And yes there are a couple of post-credit scenes, so don’t leave too early.