My 6 year old grandson, Jenson, is a dab hand with the brio. We have built up the collection between us, recently acquiring a battery operated engine – the video keeps this attempt at a continuous track alive as Jenson moved on quickly to his next project.
Steve, older brother, had a brush with death a while ago and recovered (https://wp.me/P7LOzv-5K). Since then a series of illnesses. Around the time we went up to Lords in 2011 he was in and out of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). Just the morning we were setting off he was having electroversion where the medics stop the heart and then restart it in the hope that throwing everything in the air results in important bits landing face up. Scary. Anyway he reverted to sinus rhythm on his own and we had a great 2 days in London. The beer was expensive and he is still on anticoagulants, miraculously compatible with alcohol. The things they do these days.
Then it was waterworks. He has had renal stones in the past, but this was accidents and some pain. Going a lot and needing lots of clothing support. The whole episode was coloured by delays and misinformation, depending whether anybody believes older brother anymore. At face value it was a shambles. The culmination was prostate surgery for benign hypertrophy, something we discussed right at the beginning of his symptoms. This produced the compliment that I had a reputation as a good diagnostician. I agree, simply because I always saw patients’ problems as puzzles to be solved. But it came from an unusual source. I wonder what people thought of the treatment side of things? That’s often complex however and buried in the activities of a multidisciplinary team and says nothing about my social skills.
Sadly he now has oesophageal carcinoma and is awaiting staging. We will hear about it soon.
Update – courageous and heroic chemo at Liverpool Royal vanquishes cancer. Steve now resembles a medical text book with great outcomes.
Hi, I’m Edward Turner, one of the newer recruits to the choir. I began as a boy soprano and joined Honley Male Voice Choir in my late teens. Sport and studying at Huddersfield Technical College unfortunately forced me to give it up.
As I have a captive audience I want to say few words to all you members and your partners. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 55 and would like to make you all aware that it does not just happen to ‘old men’. Any symptoms, however trivial and you really must visit your gp. Early diagnosis is an important factor here and generally a simple blood test can say you definately do not have prostate cancer and even a positive does not necessarily mean that you have it.
I have been fortunate in that I have had excellent treatment both from HRI and Cookridge, though things have kicked in again and hence more treatment. Please, all you do if there is a doubt get checked out, and partners, do nag the men to seek advice.
Prostate cancer is thought by many to be easy to treat and is quite curable. Sadly, I know that is not always the case. I have recently lost my brother-in-law at a young age and he was diagnosed with the same units of cancer in his blood as me. So come on all you men and don’t let it happen to you. The prostate’s not the real problem. It’s the secondary cancer that gets you, if you leave it too late.
Gentlemen, out of nearly 50 men in our choir I am sure there must be others with the problem. Let’s be open about it and encourage as many men as possible to get an early diagnosis.
I’ve recently had to give up my sport because of aches and pains, but I still play tennis twice a week.