Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Peppa Pig

This morning the reason to wake up early was not to go to the doctor :) this time, it was to get on time to Early Learning Centre to pick up a wristband for Oli, so she could see Peppa Pig later on. The queue was so long that looked more like the times in the Communism in Poland, when people needed to queue for vouchers for milk and food (according to Justyna). After, Olivia and much more kids went to take a picture with the Peppa.

Morning and Afternoon Olivia also had the visit from few friends in our house, It was really a good time for everybody.
Meanwhile, I have got already my CT scan booked, It will be in 28 of September.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check up

The day passed in minors inspections with doctors, Myself went to show a blister in the mouth and to do blood tests in the Hospital. Later, in the afternoon was Olivia who went to the doctor because of an inflammation in her eye. Nothing too serious, reason to celebrate with a pastry feast.

By the way I am decreasing the size of the pictures in the blog to save space storage, even this is now running out.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Luck

It was a mix feelings to say Bye to our friends that are now going back to Poland, Sad to sayAdeus and do not see them so regularly but also happy to see that they are excited with the idea of going back, to start a new Life close to their family and friends. We met in Camden. We are keeping fingers cross and I am sure that everything will go alright for them in Poland. Thank you Kasha (never will get it right), Rafi and Zosia to spend so many days with us and helping Us in the best and in the worst moments.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kitchen Heaven

I would not be very surprise if the local community would call us by now The Family Recycling or Skip Family. We are the terror of the skips, Often in our trips through the local roads we find items left in the skip and we take them for us or for Olivia. Almost everything in our garden is from the Freecycle or from a skip, Also big part of Olivia's toys and books are from the second hand shops. It is a philosophy of Life. Today we found neglected, already lost deep in a skip a great Kitchen, which just needed to be washed to have a new house and make another child happy. Olivia was in the Heaven, she took advantage to wash not only the new kitchen, but also her old Wendy house. In the end of the work she invited us to her house to have a diner and a tea.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Back to normal

Were are now back to our more cultural days, this morning we attended the last concert from the Local Summer Classical Music Festival, (funny the name-Summer :)

We had a very intense day, catching up with our friends, Olivia had the visit of her friends Guilherme and Vasco, now also living in England. They played until they had no more energies. And in the evening it was our friends Shubhi and Tom, who came to visit us straight from her holidays. It was a great way to finish the day.

Luckily, today it was the first day that I felt better, thus it was easy to enjoy the company of the friends.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dollies birthday

The rain makes us forget that we are still in the Summer. I am very tired, just wanting to stay in bed but Olivia does not like that idea, Today she did not give me a chance, We went shop, to her new house that she invented and where she took most of her day.

In the afternoon we had a wonderful surprise, Veena and Krishna come to visit us, we have not seen each other since before holidays, It was also an opportunity to celebrate Dollies birthday.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Out and about

I was unusual tired and looking for reasons to smile, I was very lethargic and very thoughtful, which is not always the best. I did not want to stay at home alone, I went with girls to do a little shopping in Brent Cross Shopping Centre and to meet the small Nikodem. There was some clothes that we brought from Portugal from Daniel that we wanted to hand over to him. We really do not miss big shopping centres.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hair business

There is always a escape for everything, We found the hair business the best way to the family arise its moral. Started in Portugal, my mother cut her hair today, here Olivia did her doll's hair dress, and later I found myself also in a mood for hairdressing. Thus, Justyna and Olivia took over of it, almost did not leave any hair to sample, and even Olivia showed her painting skills in my hair and in the body. Slowly the Life comes to the normality, I am tired but now positive again.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Radiotherapy 2

I suspected that all the work done in the holidays, meaning do not do nothing and just trying to enjoy each moment, recharge batteries, could be evaporated when back to London and in the Hospital. This last couple of days where too intense to leave me indifferent. I hope that it will not last long but today I am very sad. In the Hospital I discovered that I had a massive loss of weight and also this time I needed to wait a long time to receive the infusions of all the medicines and mainly the radioactive Yttrium 90. After, for a short time I was happy as I listen a good comments from the doctor from the Nuclear medicine when he told me that there is examples of very good response from patients to this radiotherapy, This made me feel to smile. But the smile was lost, when today in the morning the Oncologist come to see me and I show him a nodule that has been growing in my neck for a month. Unfortunately, this doctor was not that Human has I would like, He just told me in the face that this looks like a different tumour and it is not a big deal, because I am having already the best treatment for this cases and anyway a new scan to be scheduled to the next month will tell us what kind of thing is this. He also said that I should keep an eye and come to him in the case of this lump gets bigger. Of course, this did not help me to rest my anxieties. Nevertheless, at home we still keep the faith that this is only an infection. I hope once I will be right in my prognoses :)

The treatment itself went well, without too much pains, too long but at least I felt in love for the bed-sheets, made of cotton, It transported me to my bed in Portugal when I was child.

Olivia had a difficult day, She was disappointed because she like everybody could not come closer to me, No kisses and hugs. Through the day she tried to interact with me, probably she noticed that I was sad. Tomorrow, I hope I can compensate her.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ready to go

Altogether the family slept almost 36 hours tonight, we are now all fresh to go to the Royal Free Hospital. I am calm and very positive. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The show has now finished

The show of friends has finished for now, It has been very busy but also a big pleasure to have been with so many friends in the last days. Today, I cannot find words to describe how much Olivia enjoyed to spend the weekend with Ines. We are now ready to turn the page and enjoy also what is coming now. Yes, three months has past since the last radiotherapy session, and tomorrow I will be back to the Hospital to get another injection of Yttrium, I will come back home only in the day after.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

London again

The day was not only to organize and unpack the luggages from Portugal, today we had the surprise of a visit of Rita, Ze and the small Ines. Olivia is out of her, even more with the perspective of sleeping tonight with her.

Portuguese oxygen

Hello, We are already at home, in London. Here, all looks calm, attending the tempest that past here few weeks ago. The holidays in Portugal it was again a great balloon of oxygen and friendship. For this beautiful days I left behind I want to say thank you, It was almost as a dream, I did not feel sick at any moment. Today I had again a lot of friends around. There was also time to see Henrique.

Friday, August 19, 2011


I never thought I could have such a day, Full of goodness. We met our friends Cristina and the lovely Mafalda, It was the best way to start our daily journey. After we went through the beautiful Alentejo, to Justyna have a taste of Portugal but not Lisbon or Algarve. Laughing was always part of the trip, The background of Monsaraz gave us the right inspiration.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ola Seixal

We are now already in Lisbon, Algarve and the beach is past, again, only next year. It was a great trip from Algarve with Miriam. The evening has been so good, in the company of my friends from childhood. Now I will watch futeball and enjoy the company.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Adeus Algarve

The holidays are now going very quick, tomorrow we will travel to Lisbon. Today Olivia said bye bye to her friend Marta and we all enjoy the last hours in the beach.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Around Algarve

Today we went all over Algarve to see our friends. Firstly, breakfast in Albufeira with Filipe, Claudia and Lucas, after we had lunch in S. Bras de Alportel with the lovely and big family of Luis and Carla, which we have not seen already for an year. The afternoon, we went to Manta Rota to spend time with Pedro, Celia and their princesses. Finally, the diner was close to Olhao with Miriam, Susana and Ze. It was a very very busy day, also full of swimming pool :)
Back home I still had time to go before midnight with my mother and father to the chapel of N.S.da Rocha

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Big party

The day was made for Dani, It was is his baptism and the church was full of friends. It was also the day of N. Sra. dos Navegantes in Armacao de Pera. There was party in the restaurant for the guests and after in the beach where the procession went.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Praia do Carvalho

It is already tomorrow, I will have another big responsibility over my shoulders :) I will become God-Father of Daniel. The Baptism or Christining, however it should be call it will be already tomorrow morning in Armacao de Pera. My mother and father had today their traditional hair cut, I escaped for inches. Our friends Filipe, Claudia and Lucas are this weekend with us, and today we went to a great spot, Praia do Carvalho.