2nd Jul 2009 02:29am
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Not really much of a major update, but on Tuesday I got my letter from my surgeon asking the George Elliot hospital, if they're able to book me in for CT Thoracic scan. Today (well technically yesterday - Wednesday) I took it into the hospital and gave it to them.

The lady on the reception desk of the X-Ray department wasn't sure that they do CT scans (or that she wasn't sure they did CT scans for the thoracic area). So she asked someone else, who said "Yes" and she just confirmed my name, date of birth and address... took my... []

28th Jun 2009 03:14pm
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Right, another update is due about my current Pectus Excavatum journey...

Last Thursday, I ended up going to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital at 9.30am to see the surgeon (who is actually the surgeon that will be doing my chest). He spoke to me about the different procedures that can be used, which included:

A) Ravitch technique - Loads of incisions, small bar, very invasive. 5 and half hour operation.

B) Nuss Procedure - Bar through the chest, the one I want. 1 and half hour operation.

C) Filling the dent with a collagen type solution. (but that's not correcting the bones, but correcting it cosmetically)

D)... []

11th Jun 2009 03:15pm
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I just checked the news on BBC News and I saw this on the ticker "Singer Pete Doherty arrested on suspicion of drink driving and drug possession" ... now come on... that end bit is a bit shocking, the drug possession! When does he NEVER have drugs on him. Goodness me.

10th Jun 2009 11:25pm
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Well after having a browse around I found these two plugins for Google Earth that seem to work really good and offer information from NWS (National Weather Service) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration).

Total US Doppler Radar
This plugin gives you a (near) live picture of the whole of the United States' doppler readings, which update every 5 minutes (600 seconds). I myself have modified mine though as the original doppler picture has loads of white space, so to change it to a better image that doesn't have the white space, then do the following:

1) Download the plugin.
2) Rename the... []

6th Jun 2009 01:43pm
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I received my appointment for Birmingham Heartlands Hospital today. *yay* ... still bricking it though.

My appointment is on Thursday, 25th of June to see a Mr Steyn in the Cardio Thoracic Medicine bit (whatever that means!) ... at a kinda silly time of 9.30am ... god knows how I'll make it over there though at that time, I think I might have to get a later appointment in the daytime... I'll give them a call on Monday.

3rd Jun 2009 11:38am
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Wicked! I've just had the Google Street View vehicle go past outside the house - luckily I was pre-warned so I went outside on the drive and it passed me. Woohoo... I'm gonna be on Street View (obviously blurred though)

2nd Jun 2009 12:45pm
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As of yesterday (1st June) the Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2009 had begun. So far the National Hurricane Center ("NHC") have predicted a near normal season, with a 70% chance of having 9-14 named storms, of which 4-7 could become hurricanes, including 1-3 major hurricanes - category 3, 4 or 5.

At the time of posting this, there is a small area of low pressure with a lower than 30% chance of forming into anything hefty, though I will keep an eye out.

For all those dalehay.com visitors that are based in the usual hurricane paths then please make sure you... []

1st Jun 2009 12:45pm
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This morning I ended up getting my referral form from the nurse practitioner. I was hoping I could goto the hospital in Leicester (as I've heard good reviews about it there for the Nuss Procedure) but sadly my choices were either the University Hospital of Coventry and Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

I have chose to go with the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham (though I almost panicked when I saw on the website that Good Hope was kinda part of it too... Good Hope, yeah right... you go in and you never return). However luckily the hospitals are far apart and I... []

31st May 2009 07:28pm
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You may be looking at this site and thinking "WTF?!?!" ... well the reason for this is because the original page (when fully loaded) was very heavy and bulky - which all the corner images and also all the background images for the borders and stuff.

I will however return to the rounded corners once CSS3 is 100% fully working with most of the top used browsers around, as there IS a cornered border tag in it. But for the time being, you'll have to get used to this more basic and "straight lined" style.

Oh and if you have any ideas... []

24th May 2009 09:43pm
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Susan Boyle has just sang Elaine Paiges "Memory" from Cats. She did catch a few dodgy notes at the beginning, however she picked it up and gave a brilliant performance. The ending was brilliant too! You go for it girl!!

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