Blog Land

Today is the first anniversary of this blog. Hip Hip, Hip Hip, HURRAY!

Okay, so I know some clever dick is going to tell me that the tool bar shows The Biopsy Report started in June, not April! You’re right, it did but this blog actually came into existence this day last year. If you don’t believe me, scroll down and have a look at ‘archives’. The blog was originally known as Que sera, sera and after a few months of dipping my toes into the blog pool, I decided to make a few changes and start all over again. That’s when The Biopsy Report was born.

How well I remember those first few tentative steps into ‘blog land’. I hadn’t a clue what the whole blogging concept was about but my son, Robin, kept telling me “You’ll love it, Mum!”. He was right, of course. I totally adore it and now I can’t imagine life without blogging. My friends think I’ve lost it but they don’t know what they’re missing! He! He! Hardly a day goes past without me announcing to someone “but one of my blog friends says this” or “one of my blog friends does that” and it raises some interesting looks. Okay! Maybe I have lost it but I tell you what, if this is losing it bring it on, I want more!

So, some 22,000 visitors, 2 blog award nominations and a whole lot of fun later, here I am celebrating a year of giving an insider’s view, from a patient’s perspective, on what life is like within the health service. To sow the seeds for this, I had to put my story out there first and this had the added bonus of bringing welcome support and understanding from all my blogging friends. I used to talk about my medical saga as being a lonely journey. How things have changed! This blog has really helped me to find the plot and I’m hugely grateful to everyone who’s given support. Now that I’ve got my own woes out of the way, I’ve started to focus on the bigger picture of our rapidly crumbling health service. I don’t pretend to be an expert. I just say it as I see it and hope that by exposing the various issues, it will get people to think more about what sort of health service they want, and need. They say your health is your wealth. Sadly, in Ireland it’s rapidly becoming more of a case of your wealth is your health. I’m determined to do all that I can to raise awareness of the flaws within the system, as I see them. Some day, you may be very glad that I did.

And now, where did I see that great lasagne recipe yesterday? I’m off to give it a whirl! Thanks! Grannymar.

13 Responses to Blog Land

  1. Grannymar says:

    Happy Blogaversary Steph. You do trojan work to fight the cause, keep plugging away.

    I’ll raise a glass to you later on this evening.

  2. Caoimhin says:

    Happy Anniversary Steph! πŸ™‚ Thanks for a year of great writing and bringing issues to the forefront. I hope you have many more!

  3. robert says:

    Happy blogaversary Steph. I’m sure that I’m not alone in looking forward to many more of them.

  4. Steph says:

    Thanks! everyone – I’m lovin’ it! πŸ˜€

  5. little medic says:

    Hip hip hurray!

    Happy blogbirthday

  6. Baino says:

    Hippy blogaversary Steph. It’s been a blast and keep the action coming.

  7. Steph says:

    Thanks! folks

    There’s no shortage of material from the Irish health service anyhow. Last week, tragically a 4-year child had the wrong kidney removed! He now faces a life on dialysis unless a suitable donor organ can be found. How bad is that? I can sort of understand surgeons removing the wrong breast or the wrong leg but to remove what was obviously a perfectly healthy, pulsating kidney is beyond belief. How can a system go so wrong to allow that to happen?

    I was always tempted when having endoscopic nasal surgery, to leave a note for the surgeon up a nostril. Mind you, now that I think of it, I did once consider wearing a red nose to theatre in celebration of ‘red nose day’ but I changed my mind as it was no joking matter!

  8. Grannymar says:

    I did go to theatre years ago with instructions written on my thigh in black marker!

    An error had happened the previous week. Lady went for D&C and came back minus Ovaries et al…

  9. Steph says:

    Grannymar – the mind boggles to think of what you might have come back without or worse still, with! πŸ™„

    Bet you never had a gynaecologist *toast* your perineum with a G&T! I swear it’s true! πŸ˜†

    *please read ‘toast’ as ‘celebrate’

  10. Grannymar says:

    Steph ~ Now it is the turn for my mind to boggle! πŸ™„

  11. […] the memes try this Grandad, Grannymar, Thriftcriminal and Steph! (Grandad – don’t forget to body […]

  12. Roy says:

    It’s definitely therapeutic …… doubt about it , i do miss sleeping though!

  13. Steph says:

    Paddy – You’re at least 25 years too late with this meme!

    My body has a preservation order served on all it’s bit ‘n bobs as it’s such a rare medical specimen πŸ˜‰

    Roy – I know the feeling but I’m more than happy to be sleep deprived πŸ˜€

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