I am all over the BBC today, Radio, TV and Online with our local campaign to save the Killiecrankie Battle Site.

Phone has not stopped and social media is in a frenzy as is the Comments section on the BBC.

Ninewells Xrays!

Off to Ninewells in Dundee for my special kidney operation! I watched the whole thing on the massive x-ray monitor as they drilled up my leg and into my kidney to place the stent. Back in the ward I went to the toilet and collapsed as the promised fall in blood pressure occurred and I had no idea what I was doing. Down from 247/140 to 140/70 in ten minutes - not wonder I felt strange! No longer a hummingbird, but a human. What an amazing operation! I am so lucky.

Hospital again - no lights

Another overnight admission by ambulance, this time no flashing lights. I could not stop shaking from the lack of being able to breathe and I was so glad when the ambulance arrived to take me safely to be fixed by the excellent staff at PRI!


Such excitement! I was very short of breath and admitted to PRI by ambulance in the small hours of the night, flashing lights and alarms everywhere. Once again PRI looked after me so well and I am most grateful. Sent home on the second.

Six months

Six months since my last update! Where has my discipline gone?

Since February it has been a dramatic time. Coming back from Milwaukee I admitted myself to PRI as I was feeling so unwell. I had contracted Community Acquired Pneumonia and was in Critical Care Unit for four days and an ordinary ward for two. What a nightmare. I had to have my lung drained with the new "Rocket Drain" process which was very interesting to experience, and cut a five day drain which was the traditional suggestion for pneumonia down to 15 minutes. A huge success. Eight weeks of recovery though which was very frustrating.

Yesterday I was at PRI for a followup (I seem to have one a week between there and Dundee) and saw my favourite consultant who really calls a spade a shovel. Great guy and I love how frank he is. My heart is not floppy but is hardening up and now he has instructed the Renal surgeons of Dundee to look at removing my left kidney which seems to be the focus of all that has gone wrong. I am looking forward to that! My PRI consultant said to me "we will take it out just like your mother had" which shows he has read my medical notes! My MRI scan of my viscera is not back from review yet so that will confirm the next stage. Blood pressure drugs seem to be failing me at the moment which is not the best news, so invasive surgery is next. I cannot wait.