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Table 29 – Collabor:8

July 28, 2010 4 comments


A few days ago I spent a couple of days up in Whangarei. It was nice just to get away from Auckland and have a bit of a break. This photo was taken at a cafe up there on the waterfront. Some customers left their table, and within seconds, a flock of seagulls took to it to scavange the left overs. This is what resulted.

Shutter 1/200, f/8, ISO 400, 55mm.

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Collabor:8 – Pesto Pasta, Home Made.

July 20, 2010 5 comments
The last 4 weeks of my life have been crazy busy, so much so that I have barely touched my camera. I even neglected to post a photo when it was my last turn to post! Finally, I will have part of my life back now that I have finished a fairly big assessment.

This afternoon I had some friends over and we cooked some fresh home made pasta, with some fresh, home made watercress pesto. Hannah and I converted to fresh pasta about 3 months back. Its so easy to make, and really makes every other pasta seem average. So this afternoons smorgasbord involved all of us getting our hands in and making this tasty tasty creation.

I get hungry just looking at this photo.

Shutter: 1/40, f/2.2, ISO 200, 50mm.

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Chemo 14.0

July 19, 2010 1 comment

Well, this has been a much delayed and long needed update to the blog. The last 4 weeks of my life have been consumed by general medical run at Middlemore Hospital. Largely, it has required me to lose my life for that period and to study study study. The net result is that I passed my long case by the skin of my teeth, literally. Which is a little bit depressing given how much I studied for it. I even canceled a trip to wellington for one weekend on the day of departure, and then delayed my 14th round of chemo for a week, all in the name of study. One of the frustrating aspects of all of this, is that I have noticed my mind is not what it once used to be. I’m not retaining information like I used to, and my concentration span is getting shorter and shorter. These are all well documented effects of chemotherapy, and they are frustrating to say the least.

Anyway, round 14 has come and currently going. It seemed a little rougher than previous rounds, but then when there are longer gaps between rounds, sometimes its just easy to forget what it was like last time. For the third time running, there were real problems trying to get flashback on my portacath, so the chemo had to go in via a peripheral IV line instead. By the end of the day, after some fancy acrobatics, we finally got some flashback, which meant that I could go home with the infusion attached. Technically if there is no flashback, you can’t use the port, because you can’t be certain that it has not moved. So, given that this is the third time there has been difficulty, we are going to get a dye study done sometime in  the next few weeks to verify the ports position. Once it has been established that it hasn’t moved, then we don’t need the flashback to use port.

Apart from all of that drama, chemo 14.0 has been characterised by nausea, lethargy and diarrhoea. These are the three mainstays of chemo it would seem. Having had 14 rounds under the belt now, I have to be honest, my patience is starting to wear a little thin, as there is literally no end in sight for it, or at least not an end worth contemplating.

Finally, I should be getting a CT scan this week, with results the week or so after, so lets hope and pray that the nodes are still static.

Till next time..

Beauty – Collabor:8

July 4, 2010 2 comments
I generally have a rule for myself that I don’t post pictures of flowers and sunsets or sunrises. The reason being is that they are such inherently beautiful subjects, that anyone can take a photo and they will generally look good. I broke that rule today largely due to time constraints on my life at the moment. I have literally only just picked up my camera today for the first time in about 3 weeks.

These are flowers that were given to me this morning to give to Hannah by a lady at Titirangi Baptist Church. I was privileged enough to speak there this morning.

I placed the flowers against a black backdrop (our sofa) and let the natural lighting came in through the window above it, backlighting the flowers. The challenge here was to choose which part of the picture to put into focus as the DOF is pretty narrow at 250mm. I chose the middle flower, possibly to the detriment of the lower one. I’ll let you be the judge 🙂

Shutter: 4.0s, f/11, ISO 100, 250mm.

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