Louise Hunt

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Ostomy Supporting Products – Barrier

What is it? ‘Barrier’ refers to sprays, wipes and creams that add protection to the peristomal skin. The common aspects and ‘selling points’ of these products are: Creating a thin breathable barrier that protects the skin from damage. This damage commonly comes from the use of adhesives, output from the stoma and friction. They are safe and effective even with…


Side Effects of Medication: When to Call it Quits

“I want you to start taking this” he says, gesturing to the patient leaflet before me, whilst he writes a script “and to understand the risks we have go through today. I think at present, this is going to be of most benefit and we shall review in 3 months time” How many of us have had this conversation with our…


IBD Basics: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Antibiotics

What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. They exist purely as food for the probiotic bacteria that you’re putting into your body. The use of prebiotics and probiotics together is called microbiome therapy. You don’t need to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, but taking them might make your probiotics more effective. What…


The What and Why: Calcium

What is Calcium? Calcium is vital mineral, it is important for the health of your teeth and bones. 99% of the calcium in your body is stored there; but calcium also helps the heart, brain, nerves, and muscles, and helps blood clot among other things. Most people are not aware of how they feel when they don’t have enough calcium.…


November Goals

How did October go? Whilst I felt generally well during the month, I also felt very unwell. Not unwell enough to really see my IBD team but enough for it to interfere with working and life. I spent a few days of each week off from work and spent it in bed. Yes, actually resting and sleeping! I know, unheard…


October 2018

October; the new LIFE chapter   Stoma wise; it’s been leak city of late. Probably due to a box of defective bags; of which I’ve finally taken out of my supplies for good now! And whilst it’s been like this, I’ve been able to handle the watery output, the soreness and the very full bags during the night well too.…


Looking Back… and Looking Forward

Inspired by Emma over at Quite Gusty – here is her original post. Follow her on Twitter here! 2018 has sped past and it’s sometimes hard to believe we are ending the final months of the year. But in the same breath, it feels like it has been around for absolutely ages too. When you battle a chronic illness, it’s a…


Life Lately | Change, Change, Change

I’ve been pretty quiet here of late. Most of that is due to moving and all the emotions that brings up… Some of it is purely down to lack of anything interesting to write or share with you. But it has been troubling me; not having this creative outlet when things get tough. You see, this week, whilst it’s been…


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