Karate chops…????


It’s five weeks since I left hospital. The day after I came out of hospital, I had enough energy to crack on with painting my bathroom.

A few days later, I went cycling with a friend along the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire’s Peak District – a round trip of around 15 miles in glorious weather. The trail goes through some long dark tunnels and over an old viaduct, with fabulous views over the beautiful surrounding countryside. Needless to say I was very tired that evening, but delighted that I’d had the energy to do it.

Having announced the above activities on Facebook, I was inundated with concern from friends who thought perhaps I ought to be resting more, especially from one friend who’s been through a donor transplant herself, for leukaemia. So I felt I needed to check with Prof the following Thursday at clinic…
“Given what’s going on internally, is it ok for me to be active if I have the energy, or should I be resting?”
His answer: “Activity is fine. Just be sensible.”
So I asked more specifically, to be sure he understood what kinds of activities I meant, “… like painting a room?”
“Yes, painting’s fine.”
“Well, how about cycling?” I asked, just to be sure.
“Oh yes, cycling’s fine.”
Stumped, I asked “What might not be fine…?”
“Karate chops” came his response. Seriously???? Karate chops????

So, now you know… I can’t do karate chops, but I can cycle and paint and…
well, just be sensible!

That has to go down as one of the oddest conversations in my whole medical history.

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About Jet Black

I began blogging because having been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, I wanted to share my experiences of living with an incurable cancer. Through blogging, I discovered that I enjoy writing. I have always chosen to live life for the journey, more than the destination. This is as true for the act of writing as it is for living with myeloma, so these are two things I do: I live and I write!
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6 Responses to Karate chops…????

  1. Sandra abraham says:

    When I lost my voice early before my myeloma was discovered my doctor asked me if I use it a lot !!!! W.t.f !!!! Now that’s my weirdest doctors conversation lol xxx

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  2. Maureen Mooney says:

    Ah so grasshopper! 😉

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  3. I am so happy that you are doing so well and able to paint and go cycling! Wow! What an inspiration you are.
    Love,
    Carole Leigh

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  4. Tai Chi is a martial art so maybe you should mention that to him!

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  5. pauline says:

    ha ha

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  6. I thought maybe you were cooking “karate chops” for dinner when I started reading… hope your cycling journey was all you wanted it to be and you are just too busy doing other wonderful summer things to post… intending you are weller and weller…

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