"After five weeks of pneumonia, one hospital admission and three courses of antibiotics (none of which had any positive effect due to me having no effective immune system), during which my average daily temperature has been 38 degrees, I'm pleased to say that my temperature has now returned to normal and that after a check up with my doctor yesterday, I've seem to have shaken off pneumonia on this occasion. I am told that contracting pneumonia can be a regular feature and consequence of my terminal illness in the future and that it can also be fatal for me.
Today, however is a good day for me. We are due to have a brand new roof on the house next week which will take five weeks' work; then in mid April we are attending a wedding in Cumbria. It will also be nice to attend Mass on Easter Sunday. During early May, me, Sheila and two close friends will be going to see a good friend and one of my favourite singers perform. I have some complimentary tickets to see my friend, Chris De Burgh's concert up in Gateshead. My son William is visiting from Australia in mid May for a month and then in July, God willing, me, Sheila, son Adam and daughter Rebecca will rent a holiday cottage in the South of Ireland where I was born and spend a week there between my fortnightly blood transfusions.
After having been confined to the house for over five weeks without being able to have any visitors, next week the shackles are removed and I am free once more to roam until I catch my next infection. I don't know about you, but I can distinctly feel summer in the air and I'm in the mood for dancing! https://youtu.be/RK8ZZIJLKms " William Forde. March 28th, 2015.