Cancer

Pembrolizumab

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Last week’s (Tuesday) dose of Pembrolizumab, they found the vein the first time this week….30mins, then a 10 min flush….all in all a 2 hour visit…they are so busy in LRI chemo suite….5 nurses to 37 patients. Also on prednisolone due to the polymyalgia cause by the pembro, plus rashes, itches and fatigue….all being managed well though but some days are harder than others. CT due in October to see if the treatment is working….so fingers crossed!

Book reviews

Her Last Day – Book Review

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Jessie Cole is a Private Investigator, who has spent the past 10 years wondering what happened to her missing sister, Sophie. After all those years searching the case has gone cold.

Sophie’s story is then shown on a TV show about cold cases, this is seen by a reporter named Ben Morrison. He had been in a car accident years before where he was the only survivor and had been suffering amnesia ever since. However, The TV show causes him to have flashbacks and seems to recognise Sophie. He had been told by doctors, flashbacks may happen and he may start to remember things.

Ben arranges to meet with Jessie and decides to investigate to hopefully uncover his lost memories . Jessie has also been hired by a strange, troubled guy to help search for his missing daughter, Zee. Zee suffers from schizophrenia and has a history of wandering off for a time when she’s stopped taking her meds.

There is also a serial killer in the area, The Heartless Killer targeting young women and Jessie’s not sure if Zee is just wandering about or if she is in the hands of The Heartless Killer. Jessie has her own problems as she had shot a man, who she believed was about to attack her, but there is no evidence to support her….

The characters T R Ragan has created are outstanding! You really feel these characters are and either like or dislike them immediately, the writing is that good, even the rescued dog has character ..

There are a few different storylines, but they gel together so well it flows nicely and the overall tale is nail bitingly tense and I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to the next in the series

 

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To Love and Be Wise – Book Review

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This is the fourth in Josephine Tey’s series of novels featuring Inspector Grant. In To Love and Be Wise he is sent to a small English village, Salcott St Mary to investigate the disappearance of a young man, Leslie Searle.

Searle was an incredibly beautiful man who was an in vogue photographer from America. Famous for his photos of actors and actresses, including Hollywood stars.

He had visited Salcott St Mart as he said he had known a man, now dead, who was a friend of one of the villagers and as a result he was accepted by the villagers and was even invited to be a guest in one of the country homes, where he became quite at home,

He decides to collaborate up with a local writer and radio personality, to write a book about the river that runs through the village. He will take the photos and the writer the writing, obviously… They plan to take a canoe along the river and camp beside it each night, but shortly after they begin their adventure, Leslie Searle disappears.

There are no signs of foul play and no body. Had he been murdered and thrown into the river, did he accidentally or purposely fall into the river and drown? ? They drag the river repeatedly but find no body and no evidence. But a young boy whose fishing on the river fishing brings up a shoe that is identified as Searle’s.

Inspector Grant continues his investigation but is making no headway. He’s just about given up and begins pursuing other cases, when he has a brainwave that helps him to see what might have happened and why.

The mystery is complicated and touches on psychology and gender identity with great characters and a plot that leaves you guessing right to the end.

Book reviews

Black Klansman – Book Review

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What is it about?

Ron Stallworth joins as a police cadet, with the intention eventually to be a teacher. However, he becomes the first black police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He wanted to go undercover and got his chance at a nightclub where Stokely Carmichael is giving a speech.

Ron had also responded to an ad in the local paper and requested information about the Ku Klux Klan. This got a bit out of hand quickly as they contacted him by phone and wanted to meet. As a black police officer, obviously he couldn’t do this, so a colleague went in his place. This then became an official intelligence gathering operation with Ron speaking to the local chapter of the KKK leader and even David Duke himself. Little did the KKK know, their member Ron Stallworth was a black cop.

While some of this is lighthearted, there is a very serious point to it all and they managed to prevent cross burnings and other violence the Klan were planning.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, it’s an inside look at a violent, racist organisation in the 70’s showing just how hateful people can be. It’s well written, very absorbing and thought provoking