Annie May Update

This page is to keep friends and family updated on the progress of Annie May.


Annie’s new cousin, Fern.

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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!

We finally got away for a few days to Whitby over the weekend. Just brilliant to have some time away from having to do anything and doing absolutely nothing more than playing on the beach. Stayed in a great holiday cottage with pool in the park. Annie really getting back into swimming again and starts swimming lessons with me in with her in a couple of weeks time. Annie been a bit tired, quiet and not herself over the past week but still enjoyed being away. Blood counts had dropped last week so a bit worried they might have dropped further. Will find out at clinic tomorrow.


Fabulous Prizes!!

Many local businesses have been incredibly generous and donated some brilliant prizes for the raffle at Pudding Day, including

Afternoon Tea for Two at Inn On The Lake, Glenridding


One Hour Acupressure Massage with Jules Burrell, Brunswick Square.


One Month Membership at Elite Fitness, Penrith (includes sauna, steam room and hot tub too if you prefer to relax!)


Cut and Blow Dry at Pamela’s Hair Design, Penrith


£30 voucher to dine at Peter Sidwell’s Cafe, Rheged


And many, many others! Tickets available at Pudding Day.


In Training

We’re in training for Annie May’s Pudding Day and the Butchers Arms, Crosby Ravensworth is a brilliant place to practice eating puddings til you can’t move! Buy raffle tickets on Pudding Day and you could win a two course Sunday lunch for two there to find out for yourself….


Summer Fruits Meringue WITH Eton Mess!!




Annie had her final dose of this session of steroids this morning. Thank goodness! She has been getting through packet upon packet of Quavers from breakfast til bedtime. They have been leaving her hungry as they are far from filling and then she’s just craved more.

It feels quite likely that transfusions are on the cards for Thursday as her energy levels have really dipped compared to how she was a couple of weeks ago.

We had hoped to start back Tuesday afternoons at Morland nursery this week but there has been a sickness bug going round and a few local children have had chicken pox so we’ll give it a miss til there’s less chance of her catching something.

I have been for massage and some acupuncture on my back/neck at Brougham Hall this afternoon to try to sort out aches that have been caused by both tension and the amount of lifting and carrying that I’m having to do because of the impact of treatment on Annie’s mobility and also she’s just generally been feeling like she needs to be cuddled and carried. The massage has left me feeling a bit like I’ve been beaten up but seems to have helped.

There was a really loud noise about an hour ago. It sounded like the house was falling down!! Mick, our neighbour felt the ground shake. Rob suspects earthquake!? It all happens in Newby!!