Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival

The festival is taking place in the Quarry over the weekend of 18th-19th November, instead of the usual venue in St Mary’s church. There will be 35 exhibitors, offering chocolate bars, truffles, fudge, nougat, churros, brownies, carob, chocolate beer, and much more – sounds delicious! Besides chocolate there will be Caribbean and African food, pizza […]

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Heart failure and other things, blog 16 November 2017

I had my first six-monthly check-up last Friday. The consultant said everything is fine regarding healing. The synchronisation of the pacemaker is not quite right but they are still concentrating on adjusting tablet doses first and he increased two of the drugs, the beta-blocker (Bisoprolol) and Ace inhibitor (Ramipril). The first drug controls the heart […]

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Fancy a ghost tour?

Shrewsbury is said to be one of the most haunted towns in the UK, so it seems appropriate that ghost tours of the town are now being held. They run every Thursday until November 30th and begin at the Visitor Information Centre at 7pm, lasting about 90 minutes. The Information Centre is at the Music […]

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Charity Christmas card shop

Cards, wrapping paper, calendars, diaries and Christmas-related goods are on sale in St Mary’s Church from October 20th. The card shop has been available each year for the past 51 years and is staffed by volunteers, which ensures that 96% of the proceeds go directly to the 41 charities involved. The Church is open for […]


Heart failure and other things blog 14, September 2017

It’s pouring with rain here and my flat conservatory roof sounds like a snare drum being beaten by a hundred mad drummers. The cat hurtled into the house through the cat flap, complaining loudly about the rain, but she’s made her own entertainment by leaping all over the chairs and biting the cushions. An antiques […]


Heart failure and other things blog 13

It’s been some time since my last update and I’m pleased to say I’m making progress with the pacemaker. Regarding the anaemia, I asked the nurse about the possible cause – she ruled out X-rays, saying the amount given in radiation is so tiny it wouldn’t make any difference even though I had three within […]

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Heart failure and other things – blog 12, pacemaker weirdness

This is what a person with heart failure looks like. Normal. Therein lies the ambiguity that surrounds people who have heart failure, that they often don’t look ill. I’ve read about how other people with heart conditions have found the same thing; that they are told they look well. Sometimes it’s said as encouragement to […]


Heart failure and other things blog 11

The photo is of Neema finding the smallest place she can curl up on, and not fall off.   It’s five weeks since the CRT-D device was implanted and I just had the four-weekly check-up. I’d gone there worried as I thought I had dislodged a lead or two. On more than one occasion I’d […]

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Heart Failure and other things blog 10

12 days since the insertion of the CRT-D and I’m beginning to notice a difference, now that the pain from the op site and shoulder has subsided and I can move the arm around better. I have more energy to do things that I found difficult before, simple things like standing at the sink washing […]

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