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  1. I was in Sandwich in R&D and later in Reg CMC Sandwich. We probably crossed paths either in Sandwich, Groton or at a DSTF lol 2 year Remission now, got to see my youngest daughter 21st her graduation and her and my elder daughters engagements and also squeezed a few cruises in - so all and all a very good 2 years.
  2. Yip, I owe my life to that drug and to the QE(II) Glasgow NHS staff who got me through a 6 month (bar the odd day out here and there) stay.
  3. Off - topic but just wanted to say I worked for them as a research Scientist my whole career but had to give up when my eldest daughter took ill. I was so proud to be doing my dream job of looking for cures, it was all I ever planned to do since about 12yrs old and I was so sad to let my career go but knew I had too. A few years ago I took ill with a rare form of ALM leukemia my chances were next to nill. I was put on a trial drug - nicknamed the Nuclear option as not too many people seemed to get through the trial but those that did make it seemed to do better than expected. It was a no brainer, I went on the randomized trial hoping I would get the new treatment. I did & that was now 2 yrs ago 😊 during my treatment I asked to be told nothing about the trial or my chances (I read the risk page only to sign and ignored the other pages). Being from field would have made it very hard to not start reading all the research papers I could find, and I knew mentally and physically I did not have the strength to do that. When my eldest took ill I did all that, and even fought her corner and won as my background allowed me to put a portfolio of a very convincing case together to get a treatment that was not yet available in the uk free. But I knew how much I got involved and how much it took out of me . Only after 1 yr remission did I ask for info about the trial I was on .... Karma.... it was a trial involving a Pfizer drug I couldn't believe it.
  4. My daughter got given a credit note for canceled Iceland air flights. She did not want that she wanted her money back but at that time the airline was just not playing ball. She contacted her bank (credit card booking) and they took up the case and she was refunded in full. The bank were fully aware that she had been issued a credit voucher she did not want & that did not make any difference to the refund.
  5. This is not just a problem for the elderly. I got Leukemia in my 40's now been in remission for 2 yrs. I was allowed to start cruising again last year. However, due to the treatment (trial drug that saved my life as without I had less than 5% chance so not complaining that its left a few issues) I have been left with no Lymphocytes. As a result there is a high chance vaccines may not work as I probably don't make enough T-cells. I am not allowed to travel anywhere that has endemic Rabies (it would be against consultants advice thus apart for being a stupid thing to do I would also not be insured) as post bite injections may not work. I am also not allowed to go in a swimming pool, as virus and mold would be too high a risk for me (I used to swim about 1/2 mile every week day too & miss it really badly). It won't matter how much vit C, D zinc or anything else I would take, I would still have very little immunity. I am sadly expecting to be told by my consultant team that my cruise days may be over at least for a few years until we see how this plays out. At the min (under consultants instruction) I have been in lockdown in my house (& garden) since 28th feb, no visitors allowed until last weekend and now only 1 other household in garden 2m away. So its not only the over seventies that will be affected if a vaccine that works without the activating of t-cells can't be found- There are a few being investigated but they always lag behind the main t-cell instigator type as the requirement to get a bulk vaccine that hits the spot for about 70% is understandably more of a priority right now.
  6. https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-tui-suspends-all-package-holidays-and-cruises-and-asks-for-state-aid-082549258.html All cruises cancelled now
  7. also asking for a bail out according to yahoo fianace Coronavirus: TUI suspends all package holidays and cruises and asks for state aid https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-tui-suspends-all-package-holidays-and-cruises-and-asks-for-state-aid-082549258.html
  8. You haven't been to Scotland in our Summer then
  9. UK government estimates that we have between 5000 to 10000 cases in the country . https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51862922/up-to-10000-in-uk-likely-to-have-coronavirus-chief-scientific-adviser
  10. hopefully that will be what has happened, badly reported by bbc if that is the case
  11. Reports on the BBC that a passenger on the grand Princess has died- I have not heard that verified from any other source. It does not say if from Virus or not https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-51798946
  12. he is not on the ship he is getting photos from someone on the ship.
  13. He has not been happy with people using his photos without permission that is why I just posted the link a few posts ago
  14. just saw a photo of breakfast on https://twitter.com/keaneli It included fresh fruit yoghurt free juice coffee milk bread rolls & croiasonts omelet ham potatoes Don't know about anyone else but that would feed me for a day if the need arose I think what they mean is they don't have the unlimited selections they expect on a cruise. At this point in time that would be the least of my worries if I was on the ship
  15. However, late Saturday afternoon, the CDC informed the cruise line of their decision to issue a “no-sail order” until the crew member was tested for Novel Coronavirus, Princess Cruises said. According to the cruise line, they were unable to obtain a test for the crew member, and “due to the unknown timing of obtaining the test and results or anticipated response,” the cruise was cancelled. Princess Cruises says the crew member, who had no known contact or exposure to other guests or crew who were sick on the Grand Princess, is past the maximum incubation of Novel Coronavirus, has been evaluated, and has never developed any respiratory symptoms or fever. https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-08-20-intl-hnk/index.html the last sentence is odd surely it should be no other contact with anyone who has show symptoms to date
  16. VP Mike Pence announces changes to cruise line industry to fight coronavirus https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-07-20-intl-hnk/index.html There will be enhanced entry and exit screening for cruise passengers, as well as on-board testing for coronavirus, Pence said. There will also be new quarantine standards for those who took a cruise and need to be quarantined, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will coordinate. The cruise line industry is working with the CDC, Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard over the next 72 hours to implement the plans.
  17. Exactly I went 5 months after a 7 months stay in hospital for leukemia- I may not have had 18 months at all never mind to wait in. As long as your consultant team are happy (they were ecstatic that I made it and have photos up in the hospital ward of all the places I have visited over the last 18 months) and I am happy then I will go for it. Things may change for a lot of people with this virus ramping up my team would not be happy if I was to travel at the minute - luckily I got back from my last cruise the end of Jan
  18. One of the reports said that she had surgery and radiotherapy in January and her doctors OK'd the trip as she hadn't started chemo yet. There was a bit of sorting out to see if insurance was going to cover it so they recommended the trip to enjoy time while that was getting organised. Best wishes to the lady concerned
  19. the 15-30 mins is for surgical type masks - there are others designed to last for much longer
  20. Sounds a bit like neither MSC or Greece wanted to be involved anymore that they have too. So took alternative approach - If we look away and you all run it will be fine - Honest!
  21. reports from some on the ship on twitter suggest she has. but no idea what impact this will have on her getting the next chemo soon, as I imagine they will have to make sure she is not habouring the virus before starting
  22. Another Diamond passenger has died today RIP www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-us-canada-51781573
  23. https://twitter.com/SamGodfrey/with_replies The link above is to the twitter account of the SIL of the captain of the ship. Her sister is also on this cruise. So may be a good one to follow
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