Time – Where did it all go? Only 34 days to go!! I can now say that we are going to Chamonix next month, and I can’t wait; we’ll be there before I know it.
This week has flown by as my wife Maxine, and I have been working in the Yeoman Warder’s bar for the last two weeks. It’s very enjoyable, and we get to meet some great people, but it is hard work. Some people have asked if we don’t go to work for the duration…..NO, it’s a days work for both of us followed by each night in the bar, usually finishing around midnight. Our last night was Saturday followed by cleaning and counting all the stock before handing it all over last night, and we are looking forward to a night in tonight.
This week saw a couple of exciting events for me. Firstly, on Thursday, our very good friend #MumtazO’Brien invited me onto her weekly radio show at #BrooklandsRadio to chat about our mission to climb Mt Blanc. The radio station covers Surrey and has a modest audience of about 2000 listeners. We talked about MS and how it affects the body, life as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower and of course our fundraising efforts next month. It was fascinating to see how it all works with plenty of buttons and dials to play with and I managed to behave myself and not touch any of it.
The second event was me reaching the halfway point of the two-year drug trial that I’m taking part in. Each day I take two pills and will do so for a total of two years. I don’t know what pills they are but know that they are one of three drugs that are already used to treat other diseases or ailments. There is, of course, a chance that I am taking the placebo, but either way, I’m helping to improve the lives of those with Secondary Progressive MS.
My visit this time involved the usual blood tests, re-issue of a few months supply of the pills and some more in depth tests. These consisted of some ninja eye tests, an even more cerebral cognitive and memory test and some dexterity tests. I hate the word test, but they are designed to see if there is any progression (or not) in my MS, and the team are lovely, so it’s always a real pleasure to see them. This time I was looked after by Alvin, Vanessa and Tiggy.
Mac has also been keeping himself active and busy this week. He has had a photographer from the #Belfast Telegraph round to the house and will have an interview with them next week. This is on behalf of the #MSTrust, but he has managed to convince them to squeeze in the details of our expedition.
He has also been out climbing the hills and mountains of Northern Ireland, keeping his hand in and getting some much-needed exercise. It’s all about keeping our legs strong and trying out our kit. He sent some photos of his walk up Cavehill near Belfast last week and his ascent of Slieve Donard today (again!!….he has been up and down this mountain more times than I can remember). The photos from today show what stunning scenery there is to be seen from the mountains of Mourne.
The money continues to come in and as usual, thank you to everyone that has contributed; we couldn’t do this without you. The total now stands at £32,806.90
Let’s give it a final push and raise as much as possible before we go! Spread the word and let’s all make a difference for these two wonderful charities.