|Proud grandparents or what?|
I was quite unprepared for the amazing surge of emotion one gets on seeing and holding a child created by your own child. Needless to say Ralph is adorable (I would say that wouldn't I.) Both David and I are really looking forward to our grandparent duties when he has put on a bit more weight - Ralph not David, he's already done that. We had to decide on names for ourselves - there are two grandparents called Dave which would have been confusing and I, of course, am far too young to be known as granny. So I decided on Nonna (Italian for granny) with Anita tacked on the end which makes Nonnanita. However I keep forgetting that and slip into grandma, so I am renamed Gramanita which sounds a bit like a nutty cereal bar, but what the heck. Just hope I am around long enough for him to pronounce my name anyway he can. Dave is going to be Poppadave - not quite an Indian crisp served with curry, but close. The other grandpa Dave is going to be Umpadave and Tim's mum is sensibly sticking to Grandma Sarah. Do all families have this naming difficulty?
|Baby Ralph a few days' old|
Well enough grandparent chatter - boring I know to those who aren't grandparents, the other good news this month was the results of the latest scans. I was (and still am) getting lots more back pain again after having none for over a year. I thought it was best to get another scan in case the bone metastasis had progressed again. Thankfully my bones can be checked with a bone scan so I didn't need a CT scan. I had the scan done at the beginning of December and I received the result on 23rd December, just in time for Christmas. The scan showed absolutely no progression in the cancer. So two good Christmas presents! To get rid of the back ache before - when I was first diagnosed in June of last year - I underwent radiotherapy on my back and ribs. I don't know how it stops the pain, but it did and I expect the effect of that has now worn off so I might have to have more of that.
I have been grounded for a few months and have not planned any more holidays until next February or possibly March at least, but hope to travel to somewhere with a different culture - Dave is keen to go orienteering in Wales. I keep telling him that the cultural abnormalities of the Welsh was not what I meant when I suggested a different cultural experience. Now where did I put that world adventures brochure ...........?
Happy New Year to everyone reading this. Look forward to seeing lots of you in the new year.