Friday, 18 April 2014

Hello Everyone - I am still here

I know it is over a month since I last posted and have received some email about where I have been. I know I had mentioned from time to time that I have been unwell and this ended up with me being rushed to hospital on March 21st in great pain.  After scans it was revealed I had a severe blockage of the small bowel.  Surgery alleviated the pressure but showed that I have a malignant lymphoma causing the problem.  I have just returned home after a month in hospital and now wait to begin a course of chemotherapy.  I am assured I should recover OK.

Red Kite

What a shock and a month without birding. Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen must be one of the few places where you are guaranteed a Red Kite from your window so that was nice.  I also managed to see 6 Sand Martins flying by as well.

Sand Martin

I am glad to be home for a bit and look forward to home care, food and sleep. Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of encouragement. I hope to blog again soon.


  1. A hospital room list? I guess you really are obsessed.

    Welcome back.

  2. Welcome back Derek! Will be sending positive thoughts overseas and hope they help during chemo!

  3. Get well soon Derek. I've enjoyed reading your blog since I spotted it a few months ago - I suspect we've even seen some of the same birds....

  4. I really hope you are feeling better and can get birding again soon. I hope you can see lots of birds from your window. From Findlay