The title does not, in fact, refer to the beautiful Hampshire countryside that we drive through going to and from the Dove Clinic although that has become very green, a bit at a time. What with the blossoms in the hedgerows and in the gardens, the trip has become very pretty indeed.
However, what I was thinking of was the effects of the treatments. But, since I haven't blogged for some weeks, a quick catch-up is in order. The last blog was prophetic and we did indeed not get any treatments done that week. The gout cleared towards the end of the week and so the following week I managed four one-hour treatments. We managed the same the next week, which brought us to the Easter weekend and so a day off on Easter Monday and only three treatments that week, which was last week. This week we are back to four treatments.
I now find that I can tolerate it all much better. I still wouldn't call it enjoyable but it certainly isn't as much like hard work as it was when we started. Also my bladder seems to be improving, I can now get to the half hour (more or less) before needing to go and relieve the pressure and last week I managed fouty-three minutes before needing a break! I can now regularly complete the session without needing a second break.And there are some noticeable improvements in my health - I got a bit of tightness in the chest last weekend after going up and down some very big stairs twice and was feeling a bit disappointed because I hadn't had that for a couple of weeks. Then I remembered that last time I did those stairs I had to stop after only one ascent and use my spray, so then I didn't feel too bad at all! There have been a number of comments that I am looking well again and I feel up to doing much more than I could before (which was, to be fair, not very much at all). So we continue with the treatment and I will try to record it all a bit more thoroughly.