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  1. 56 points
    Friends and Comrades, I bring good news during these dismal times. On Tuesday, KMD7 (Declan) who is known to all of us after his many years of service, some of us better than others, had a life saving Kidney transplant in a hospital in Dublin. He hadn't wanted to say anything, or want me to say anything, but he has been ill for a long time now. Not only was the operation a success (fingers crossed for the long term), but better and more amazing than that, the donor of the Kidney was his wife Mary. She has been an absolute superstar, stood by her man and literally saved his life. She had her operation on Tuesday morning, Declan had his in the afternoon/evening and both have come through as well as could possibly be expected. I did say to him a while ago that it could be worse, he could be getting one of my Kidneys and I wouldn't recommend that to anybody. He is groggy and sore as you would expect and in good spirits. He is likely to be in Hospital until this time next week, depending on progress. Mary is due home this weekend, again, all being well. I'm sure you would like to wish Dec and Mary all the very best for a speedy recovery. Dec has been part of the furniture here for longer than the furniture. I thought it might be a nice gesture, in true TLW fashion to send Mary some flowers for her return home. I'm reliably informed that sending flowers to Declan is a bad idea as he will eat them. Being a dunce, I have no idea how we do a donation, a gift or whatever, so our lovely social secretary @Champ has kindly offered her expertise in this matter, so if anyone wanted to chip in, it would be a wonderful gesture and most appreciated. EDIT: You can send donations via paypal to cath.platts@sky.com Failing that, send @Champ a PM and she will give you details for a bank transfer.
  2. 37 points
    You beautiful, beautiful people. Bit overwhelmed here reading this tbh. It's extremely humbling and difficult to process. I've been posting here for nearly a decade now and it's been a haven, getting me through some tough tines,a lot of which has been spent battling one type of ailment or another. I love the forums and have befriended some lovely folk on it. It's truly a special place. The good news is that the kidney my wife so kindly donated is to date, working perfectly. A super kidney as my surgeon Mr Robertson called it. But then again my Mary has always been Superwoman to me so not altogether surprising. The greatest human being Ive ever met and has literally saved my life and endured the pain of the Op in her uniquely calm manner. The procedure is a lot harder on the donor than the recipient but not one complaint from her. Amazing lady This will have a dramatic impact on my health and life so really looking forward to getting on with it once we get over this recovery period. Much thanks to ToxtethOGrady for starting the thread. Love you guys. Received this today from you all. We love it. Dec and Mary Xxx PS. CHAMPIONS
  3. 33 points
    Nearly a year sober as I’m in recovery. The old demons have been swirling around a bit more due to the current situation though. Perfectly normal I suppose. I’m a nurse as well so the thought of dealing with work in the current climate and relapsing and going in hungover etc doesn’t bear thinking about. If I can get through this without having a bevvy I’ll look back on this period and be proud of myself.
  4. 32 points
    My mother seems to be on the mend thank Christ. Hope you are all safe and well.
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  6. 29 points
    He was mates with our local butcher in Huyton when I was growing up. I was in there with my mum one day, I was about 7 and remember just standing there while Ray was behind the counter talking. He came out and started talking to me but I was dead shy. Next time we went in Ronnie (the butcher) said Clem had been back and left a present for me. He’d bought me an autograph book and the first two pages were filled with all the autographs of the 1971/72 first team squad. One of my most treasured possessions. Hope it works out for you Clem.
  7. 29 points
    I got this note from Gordon (Pistonbroke), from his hospital bed in Bielefeld, and he asked me to pass it on to "the lads": After a rough night I'm feeling a bit better, being on drips with liquid medicine is having an effect. Had all tests done for corona and have to wait 48 hours or thereabouts for the results. 8 people were taken to the city hospital with the same symptoms, but none of us has a high fever. So we are all lined up to have a camera shoved down our airways to check on them and lungs. That is planned for today as I'm nil by mouth. I'll let you know more once I get the results from both the camera and the corona test...
  8. 29 points
    Just won my second CAMRA award. Leeds pub of the month for March. Get the fuck in.
  9. 28 points
    My mum passed away the early hours of this morning. She isn’t in any pain now. Her house has been a circus for days but last night she had us close family round and then we said our goodbyes and left her husband with her. I don’t know how I feel at all. It hasn’t sunk in one bit. I’ve just been doing normal stuff since I got the call at half 4. Terrified if it’s some sort of delayed grief but I’m just relieved she is out of pain.
  10. 28 points
    We hope we find you and Mary recovering well and being properly looked after. As you know by now, Toxteth o’Grady organised a collection on your behalf and I have just forwarded £450 to your PayPal account which we hope you will be able to put to good use. Or bad use. Whatever you want. With love and best wishes from all your friends and well wishers on the forum. YWNA
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  12. 28 points
    Thanks for the good will gestures. I also have a blood clot on each lung, which I'm on anti-coagelants for which was terrifying when they told me but they said it's very treatable and the Drs aren't concerned. In some ways the Covid could have saved me as I would never have known about the blood clots on my lungs and would have been a ticking time bomb. I'm a bit up and down but can't fault the hospital staff, they've been nothing but compassionate, attentive and professional. This infection is definitely no joke. I'm 33 and it's absolutely fucked me over. These idiots not following the guidelines don't realise the implications of what this can do to you, it's most certainly not just a bit of 'flu'.
  13. 27 points
    About 5 weeks ago my dad went for an endoscopy, which he has every 2 years as a result of a brain tumor 30odd years ago, for the first time they found a cancer in his bowels. Within 2 weeks of diagnosis he had surgery in Aintree hospital on the Monday before the hospital cancelled all non urgent operations. Just got the news that they got it all and there's no follow up treatment. Relieved beyond words as we've all been so worried. He's home.and recovering from the surgery with my mum who, as all mums are, is a fucking hero. It's the first relative I've had who's had that cunt of a disease in my memory (I don't remember the brain tumor) and it just struck me how the word evolves. I've heard the word cancer hundreds of thousands, if not millions of times in my life but when the doctor told me and him they had found some...it became more than a word. It became a spectre of darkness, hanging over us like the sword of Damocles. When this lockdown is all over I can't wait to give the old man the hug he needs and the pint he deserves. Fuck cancer.
  14. 26 points
    10 weeks and countless hospital appointment later we finally felt well enough to have a small break so we rented a house in the most northerly part of Ireland near Malin in Donegal (thanks to the wonderful contribution from the beautiful people of Tlw) and have been touring the beautiful coast line. .
  15. 26 points
    Same as it ever was - 7 games to go in the league and Liverpool have nothing to play for. Pathetic.
  16. 26 points
    My uncle just died. He had lung cancer and caught the virus. In a way it is probably better for him rather than a few more years of treatment dragging out the inevitable. It's going to be tough not being able to give him a send off though.
  17. 26 points
    Probably because he grew up a red, so isn't full bitter. I've posted it on here before, but will again as I think it's a cracker. I love his story about an 80s derby at anfield. He banged into a tackle on the touchline with Steve McMahon and fell into the kemlyn road stand. The fella he landed on screams at him you dirty blue bastard, he looks at the fella and it was his uncle!
  18. 25 points
    Good news. Spoke to the Doctor and the cancer had not spread as far as they had thought, the tissue was inflamed not cancerous. The cancer has been downgraded from 3 to 2 and she may not need Chemotherapy but will have Radiotherapy. Thanks again for all the kind words people. Love you all.
  19. 25 points
    I've quit. Bit of a wrench after nearly 5 years and a couple of CAMRA awards but given that the bar is small I wouldn't get more than 10 people in it with the reduced footfall and social distancing. I used to take over 6 grand a week. I was paid a weekly retainer plus 20% of turnover. I'd be amazed if it takes a third of that now. Since lockdown I've been delivering 5l containers of real ale to peoples houses all over Leeds and it's been incredibly busy. I've really enjoyed having evenings and weekends to myself for the first time in years too. The delivery setup has gone to the next level. I've set up a company called The Yorkshire Ale Man. I'm having a web site built, I've got some premises and I'm moving on to metal 5l mini casks which I'll be sending out with DHL nationwide. As they say, one door closes and another opens but this was my own decision. I want nothing to do with the shitfest that pubs are going to have to deal with. More hassle than it's worth and I reckon we'll see big localised spikes in infections. I still have the app on my phone with which I can access the security cameras in the bar. I was more than a bit stunned on saturday to see an ICU nurse who I know very well and who's been telling everyone there's gonna be another spike, sat drinking in there with her husband.
  20. 25 points
    Been laid low with this bastard virus. All three of us have had it. Adrianna is fine but me and Gail have barely been able to move since Thursday. I was doing the diary last week but was too ill to finish it. The last hour or so I've suddenly started feeling more like normal so hopefully I've turned the corner now. Will try and get it finished when I'm up to it, so will probably just do a two week diary and post up this weekend. I'd started on the match report from the 86 final too. Was making good progress on it until I got sick. Looking at posting that next Monday, as the plan is to post the reports up on Mondays just like normal.
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    I tested positive for the virus but am out of hospital now. Just feel light-headed as fuck due to the blood thinners. There wasn't many young people in hospital with the virus, I was only in there due to the blood clots in my lungs. The 'younger' people tended to be fat, conversely I saw very old people with the virus that appeared to be dealing with it okay, their main issues were the complete inability to care for themselves such as incontinence, feeding, etc but that's probably their general level of independence. Fortunately I did not get close to the ICU, so can't comment on the demographic in there. There appeared to be plenty PPE available for staff and enough beds but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
  23. 22 points
    Mentioned my Mrs waiting on an operation been talking via pm to a few good men but I will put it on here now. She is awake after a 5 hour operation for a Radical Hysterectomy, I’m relieved to say the least. Hopefully going forward all will be well.
  24. 22 points
    I fucking hate this thread. I come on it to see if any of us who I love and respect are directly suffering. For years I've squinted before clicking on it. This forum has so many truly brilliant decent people and after our Australian shit-stirring whirlwind went I always pray that one day we won't see another one gone. I Lived away for so long, I didn't really see her in my 20's. My mum rang me about 7 weeks ago , she went for a routine check and they found a lump in her lung. She rang me and couldn't get her words out and I assumed she was going to say she had coronavirus but she got it out, It was a lump. She went for tests etc. The day she went in for results I couldn't get hold of her so I rang her fella (I hate calling him that because they have been together 26 years) and he was crying. The lump in her lung they didn't know but she has got bowel cancer. Had an operation 3 weeks ago. Colostomy bag fitted etc. She had it day before we won the league. I took flowers, lucozade, fruit etc to her fella that afternoon because they couldn't have visitors and he was only allowed to see her outside. The doctors said they have never seen anyone recover quicker from that because as soon as she came round she was waling outside for a smoke. My mums always been a smoker (to her detriment) but you can't stop her. She had a week and a bit in there and was allowed home. Had a bit of a turn, went back in and the twat has spread to her brain. In 4 places. She was been with her fella 26 years since she left my dad (tough times but me and our kid stayed with my dad) and they have booked in a wedding. Only a registry office thing but they gave the bands in (whatever the fuck that means) on Thursday. My little brother (28) his girlfriend is due to give both in October. Now as strong as I can be. And despite my gobshite ways on here sometimes I'm one resilient cunt, I seem to be the only one who has accepted reality. Great I'm sure she will make the wedding. I just want her to get to see the baby. Anything after that is a bonus. My mum hates any sport except Wimbledon. I hate that she couldn't see it this year but one of her favourite ever moments in her life was watching the love of her life Goran Ivanisevic win it. Its easy to say "oh god they don't deserve it why does this happen to good people" etc My mum broke my heart. She left me and my brother in 96. She then did a few things that broke our hearts more to the point where I didn't care that she didn't turn up to my passing out parade when I was 17 in the navy. As years have passed , She has tried. And tried, and tried. A few years ago I was at my lowest and it took my mum out of everyone in my life to snap and say "I'm sick of giving you sympathy fucking grow up". If she hadn't said those words I reckon I would be dead myself. All that feeling sorry for yourself bollocks. Well anyway, my mum hasn't got long to live no-matter how any of my family etc keeps saying 'she will recover". Its fucking shit. I'm in the shower or lay in bed trying to get to sleep wondering what the fuck I'm meant to say at the funeral. Its only me and our Liam and he is hopeless at being charismatic and I am just empty. Do I wing it? Or try and write something down. I never thought this disease would harm my life. It took my Grandad 3 years ago. Now its taking my mum. She isn't dead yet I know. Sorry I've carried on typing here like a twat. Anyone of you who have had this bastard in your life, I'm fully behind us twatting it everywhere. xxxx
  25. 22 points
    She's one of those women you'd pull in a rough establishment like Brannigans or Chicago Rock when you were a young lad and had watched too much porn, go back to hers and bum her, be horrified at the smells and sights and feel instantly depressed that it wasn't like the movies. Then in the morning you'd hear her shouting at her kid and realise her room was actually quite dirty, you'd exchange numbers mainly because you're a bit scared about her kicking off, get a taxi home, go to bed and watch the Wire with a brew and some toast, delete all future texts and have a month off drinking.