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  1. There is more than one type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. I know this as I also have this condition. There is a slow-growing version where there are initially no tumours but cancer cells are present (in the bone marrow). This is incurable but treatable by chemotherapy. A blood test can reveal the level of cancer - at low levels no treatment may be applied and there are routine blood tests to check. If the level of cancer cells rises then chemotherapy can be applied to reduce the problem. Many sufferers of non-Hodgkins lymphoma can have a near-normal lifespan. Some may never dev
  2. Correct I believe that figures quoted are for all vaccinations, which include second vaccinations given (around 200,000). So there is some way to go. My eldest works in a care home and to date none of the staff or residents have been vaccinated.
  3. It's not surprising that your motivation is lower than normal, we all need events to give us a lift to counteract those events that depress us, and recently its been a load of depressive events and not many lifts. Several months ago I began to call old friends, some of whom I hadn't seen for years, because of the lockdown and the fact that I was going downhill at home and thought that they may be in the same position. Sometimes our phone calls are just gripes about the current situation but other times they can raise the spirits, and in all cases it's just good to talk to another person. We
  4. Being alone is awful and damaging to mental health. In the first lockdown last Spring I was told that as an extremely clinically vulnerable person I could not even leave my house. When June ended and the restrictions were relaxed just to go out for exercise and be able to say good morning to someone felt wonderful. The current situation is so bad that many of us are feeling low, myself included. We've been battered with one restriction after another for months now and they can wear you down. I hate the way things are at present and can only content myself with the thought that
  5. It's clear that the job you're doing isn't right for you. The fact that you're competent at it makes it appealing for your employer to keep you there but that isn't a long term solution for either of you. There is a danger that you'll stick at it despite everything until you can't take any more then quit no matter what the consequences - we all have a breaking point and I've been beyond mine before. A good manager needs to have the right people in the right jobs. A successful team is comprised of people who can do their job, love their job and fit in with everyone else in the te
  6. It's worth reflecting on the 'lockdown' imposed in Spring 2020. The restrictions announced yesterday are not more severe. The R number was reduced to 0.7 - 0.9 last Spring, which resulted in falling numbers of infections; however the new variant is more transmissible, which may increase the R rate by approximately 0.7. So if the new restrictions are as effective as those previously applied, the R rate will still be in the region of 1.4 - 1.6, which will result in a continued significant increase in infections. We should expect a worsening situation until such time as the vaccination progra
  7. Tom I've never smoked tobacco. Growing up in a house where my father smoked up to 60 a day convinced me that it was a bad thing to do. I wish I could show you the effect it had on his health - he had three heart attacks and his skin was like leather eventually. So I can't offer you any advice. What I'm convinced of is that if you have the drive and determination to beat depression then you can beat a craving. So if you really want to, you'll succeed.
  8. For information - the latest Imperial College report (dated 31 December) puts the R value for the new variant between 1.4 and 1.8 for a recently observed period. https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-global-infectious-disease-analysis/covid-19/report-42-sars-cov-2-variant/
  9. In my view politicians have been very careful not to talk about specifics regarding when the worst may be over. I fully expect that the next three months will be worse than anything we experienced in 2020. The reason for this is the infection rate of the new variant and the current figures. For the last couple of days infection rates have been in excess of 50,000. These figures are likely to be lower than the true infection rate as the approximately 30% of infected people who are asymptomatic are unlikely to present themselves for testing. Even if that figure does not rise but
  10. Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine approved. Now we can really move the vaccination program on.
  11. A paper (not yet peer reviewed) has been produced by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the new Covid-19 variant, link below. They conclude that this variant is 56% more transmissible than the previous variant and that in order to bring the R value below 1 primary schools, secondary schools and universities would have to close. https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/uk-novel-variant/2020_12_23_Transmissibility_and_severity_of_VOC_202012_01_in_England.pdf
  12. I used to think that way Tom and I'm still amazed that some people seem to buy a new car every year then part exchange it the next year, the depreciation must be horrific. But I now have a different car buying philosophy. I used to aim for cars that were a couple of years old so they'd still be in good condition but were significantly less expensive than new but found mostly that they were in dealers for nearly new prices. So I changed to buying new cars and then running them as long as I could, taking care to keep them regularly serviced. My current car is a 14 year old Honda Civic ES. I
  13. Merry Christmas everyone and let's look forward to consigning 2020 to the dustbin of history.
  14. I've had Virgin Media for just over a year, renewed last month. I have the 'old' TiVo boxes and the only problem I've had with them is the occasional crash, after which I have to reboot, which to be fair is no different to the Sky boxes I had previously. I've had a few instances of the internet connection dropping but only for a few seconds which wasn't a problem. They have at least sent me an email feedback form which I've completed. I had 50% off for my first contract like you. When I received the renewal notification I phoned them and asked what they could do about the renew
  15. Right now, Virgin Media. I have an 'all inclusive' package with phone, TV and internet. 1400 Monday - phone dies, internet dies, message on TV tells me to contact a phone number or log on to a website for more info. No programmes available. 1800 Monday - fed up waiting for services to return, phone the number advised on my mobile, get a pre-recorded message that there is an outage at my postcode and that the problem has been identified and engineers are working very hard to restore services. Predicted fix time 1000 Tuesday. 1100 Tuesday - no services. Phone the number
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