Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sibling reunion

Over the last weekend of January we got together with my siblings and spouses in Wellington for our annual sibling reunion. We spent one night in Wellington and then went through to Martinborough in the Wairarapa. We browsed the boutique shops in Greytown, ate at the Gladstone winery, went for long walks around Martinborough, laughed, joked, watched NZ succomb in another one-day cricket match (past a joke!!). A highlight was sharing stories of how our parents had impacted us in our christian faith and then celebrating Communion together.

For the previous two years the siblings have all had to travel to wherever I was having treatments. This year it was a blessing to be able to resume our ‘rotation’ and not be subject to medical appointments.

The clan at Gladstone (my mother's middle name was Gladstone, hence the 'connection'!)

celebrating Communion together

Ministering the Communion elements to Bronwen

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Posted by on 4 February, 2011 in Devotional, Personal, Photos


Everything pretty stable

I got the results of my last regular 3-weekly blood tests last week and everything appears to be fairly stable. My liver and kidney function readings are raised, but no more than they have been for the past 6 months. My haemoglobin, platelets and iron, though less than normal, are steady. My general health and energy levels are quite good causing me to again tend to do more than I should at times. I forget it is taking a little longer to recover from strenuous activity.

I have been to the movies twice in the last week and on both occasions found I got very fidgety, clammy and faint. It appears that I need more oxygen than hot confined spaces give me.

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Posted by on 4 February, 2011 in Medical, Personal