Tuesday, 27 June 2017

London Bridges Walk 2017

I’ve signed up for Kidney Research UK’s London Bridges Walk this coming Sunday. I registered my interest in it a few months ago, and received an email saying I would be contacted when registration opened. Sadly, no such follow up happened, but I remembered to check back periodically and registration actually opened late last month. I don’t know whether they planned to contact me but I got there first, but it does make me wonder how many other people expressed an interest but never got contacted? Online registration is closed now, but people can still sign-up on the day for £10. 
It’s a seven mile walk across many of London’s iconic bridges. It might sound a bit anti-social but I’m quite looking forward to doing it by myself, I enjoy walking, but usually there’s a very functional purpose like getting to work. I don’t often get the time to go for a good long walk without any distractions, my wife has her own interests she’d probably prefer to spend the time on, and I know the kids would only complain about being bored or tired or more likely both after half a mile!
Kidney Research UK sent through the route map earlier today, it’s fairly familiar territory as I’ve worked in and around Central London for over fifteen years, and the course skirts close to both my current and previous employers. I’m going to try and put together a topical podcast playlist I can listen to as I make my way around, I haven’t found the right ones yet, but I know there are a variety of London podcasts out there covering the mix of culture, history and folklore I’m looking for.
I was also hoping to sneak a few crafty beer stops on route, but I rather fear the pickings are slim without taking too much of a detour. There are a few pubs along the route, but a few of them are shitholes or tourist traps, what comes from hugging the river. It’s probably no bad thing really, I’d only have about five minutes to neck a pint and have a pee, and no doubt once the seal is broken I’d spent most of the seven miles bursting for another! I’m also not sure how endearing it will be to more advanced CKD sufferers who have restrictive fluid intakes. Besides, afterwards I’m meeting up with the wife and kids for an early birthday treat at Byron Burger so I can save my 'dead' calories for that.

Is this gun loaded or not?

I spoke to one of the GP’s yesterday, it appears that my recent jizz in a bottle test was inconclusive. It is a little worrying that having been through the vasectomy process it may not have worked! I’ve got a repeat test at the end of next week, so I should know one way or another whether I'm firing blanks by mid-July.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Underactive Thyroids and Jizz Jars

I finally made it to the doctors a week or so ago to discuss the underactive thyroid result that cropped up in my recent annual medical. My first attempt was cut short by the NHS hack last month, the second attempt was an evening surgery appointment that got cancelled a couple hour before I was due to attend, till finally the GP surgery squeezed me into one of the last appointments in a regular afternoon surgery. Did I learn anything new? Not really. As my Mum has an underactive thyroid it is entirely likely I have the condition, but I don’t seem to have been hit by any obvious side effects; my weight is still hovering around 112kg which is as good as it’s been for years and any tiredness I feel is probably down to not getting enough sleep! So I’m having a retest done in July and will be going back to discuss treatment about ten days later.

Last week I dropped off my first semen sample to Andrology Services at East Surrey Hospital, so I should get an indication of whether my vasectomy has been effective sometime this week. I’m supposed to do another test in a few weeks time, but I’m hoping this set of results will be conclusive. In a nutshell I had to wank into a little glass bottle and then scoot straight over to the hospital with it in my shirt pocket (close to my body to keep it at a good temperature), where I simply handed over to Andrology. A somewhat comedic process, when you consider I was basically trying to get ready to go to work as well as avoid the kids who were getting ready for school at the same time.