Setting the Scene

So I need to set the scene first, when I was 7 years old I was diagnosed with Diabetes type 1. Care for Type 1 diabetes was not as advanced as today. All the doctors would holler  was to concentrate on your feet and eyes. No one mentioned kidneys.

I had reasonable control over the years, nothing to be to concerned about but in mid 2000 I was diagnosed with renal disease by my GP.

I spent quite some time torturing myself thinking about the what ifs in terms of control of diabetes etc, but I was told it was “one of those things”, sometimes being diabetic with good control can still lead to serious complications.

I went to my local GP for the normal 6 monthly diabetes check up, a few days later I got a call to return to discuss some blood test results. This showed a raised level of creatinine and a reduction in kidney function.

It was a bit of a shock but over the following 8 years my function declined and I ended up receiving a kidney transplant from my wife Jo. It was not a straight forward journey, particularly as I rejected my wife on day one and ended up incarcerated in hospital for 3-4 weeks. Now up to 7 years later “Sidney the kidney” is going strong.

I am sure you will identify when I had my transplant when you follow the creatinine trace, the other smaller blips are typical when you are ill such as flue etc.


kidney function


My Very First Attempt

So I need to set things straight before I start blogging or what ever you call it.

I hated English with a passion at school, I was more maths and sciences. Due to this self inflicted let down I am extremely poor with English language, never mind a second language.

So this is a warning before any grammar and spelling police get rather upset. I can’t spell, poor on grammar, don’t know how to use apostrophes and other punctuation marks etc etc.

We just can’t be perfect at everything, can we ?

So why am I writing this blog,  well in short it is all about my challenge to cycle from London to Paris in July 2018.

It covers from the start of deciding to carry out the challenge through to the challenge itself, well if I manage it.

So this first question I can see you asking is what is the jelly fish all about ? Well for the first time since my transplant I ventured outside of Europe. Going on holiday in the EU always appealed to me personally as it felt a little more safe. However off we went to California for Jo’s special birthday ending in a 0, whilst there I met this little fella who was mesmerising in a tank at Monterrey aquarium.  Just brings back amazing memories.

So hope you enjoy reading this guff