Thank you so very much for the warm welcome to this site. I had an appointment to see the specialist nurse yesterday at 10.15. As I live a distance from the hospital, I go early on the same day as my appointment for my blood test. I was at the hospital before 9am and went straight to the lab. I then took my time over a coffee and went to the clinic. At 12.30 I was still waiting so checked with reception in case I had been overlooked. The specialist nurse came to me and said I would have to see the dr as well which I eventually did. A venesection was arranged for me for later in the afternoon and I have been prescribed hydroxycarbamide. It all feels more real now especially when I read the instructions with the tablets which advised rubber gloves to handle. I have been feeling okay and for now I am hoping that the side effects of the drug will not be too harsh. Thank you again. I am glad I found this site.