Thursday, June 16, 2016

Winter has set in and be mindful of colds leading to infections/pneumonia & ASEA 2016 Asbestos Awareness & Management Conference 13-15 Nov 2016

Hi

It has been a few weeks since my last blog.  Our winter weather (Australia) has well and truly set in.  Heater on during the day and open fire at night to warm the lounge room and our bones plus of course Charlie (our Siamese elderly cat) who loves nothing better than curling up on our laps or the chair closest to the Coonara heater.


In particular anyone with mesothelioma/asbestosis needs to be mindful of colds that could lead to infection/pneumonia.  This time of the year especially during chemotherapy treatment I avoid shopping malls where it would be easy to be coughed upon by someone who has the dreaded lurgy/flu and should be home in bed resting.

Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli. Typical signs and symptoms include a cough with phlegm, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. People who are old or very young may not have typical symptoms. Usually people begin improving within three days of starting treatment; however, they may feel tired for more than a month afterwards.

 Thanks to Keytruda having infusions every 3 weeks overnight in hospital for 12 months (April 2015 to March 2016) my immune system is still very much in excellent condition and my bloods very good, so the latest chemotherapy Vinoralbine/Carboplatin minus steroids is a breeze re side effects apart from fatigue that just strikes when it wants to, however in the scheme of things - it is a minor problem!  My last chemotherapy will be next Tuesday followed by CT scans a couple of weeks after that to see further stability/shrinkage of the tumours inside the lungs.  I have returned to excellent health, good appetite and doing 'normal' duties around the house/garden and of course daily outings exploring our beautiful countryside.
I am very excited to post the above logo for the annual Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency (ASEA) annual Asbestos Awareness & Management International Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia 13 - 15 November 2016.

I have been involved and attended both previous conferences held in Melbourne (2014) and Brisbane (2015).  It is an absolute pleasure to be part of these conferences and I look forward to being involved and attending this one in November!
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To all warriors around the world I send my love, warrior strength and cocooned hugs to you.
My email is eradicateasbestos@gmail.com

Lou xx