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From Wikipedia:

“The Philippine Declaration of independence occurred on June 12, 1898 in Cavite II el Viejo (now Kawit), CavitePhilippines. With the public reading of the Act of the Declaration of independence, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain, which had been recently defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.

The declaration, however, was recognized by neither the United States nor Spain. The Spanish government later ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. The Philippine Revolutionary Government did not recognize the treaty, having already gained the upper hand in its war of independence from Spain. When the Americans sought to execute the terms of the treaty, a bitter three-year conflict, now called the Philippine-American War, ensued. This conflict represents the first of America’s mass deployment of its troops into foreign soil and saw the evolution of guerrilla warfare as bands of poorly armed Filipinos challenged the highly organized and well provisioned US armed forces. Pockets of resistance continued well beyond the armistice of 1902 that paved the way for American colonization of the archipelago. After democratizing the governmental and educational systems of the country, the US finally granted independence to the Republic of the Philippines on 4 July 1946 via the Treaty of Manila. July 4 was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until August 4, 1964 when, upon the advice of historians and the urging of nationalists, President Diosdado Macapagal signed into law Republic Act No. 4166 designating June 12 as the country’s Independence Day. ”

I decided last night that I needed to wean myself off the sleeping tablets. I didn’t take one and as a consequence I got about 3 hours sleep! But I did manage to call my brother in the UK at 3am my time as we haven’t spoken in a while. I expect it will take 3 – 4 days for my system to accept that the drug isn’t coming back.

The GvHD is a bit more active today, I can feel it in my gut and my lips are dry and cracking. I was going to cut down the prednisolone tomorrow morning but I think I will leave it until this little attack subsides. I should finish the Noxafil tomorrow and start the Itraconazole which is the replacement. This makes life a bit more complicated because it has to be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after food.

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