Louise Hunt

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October Goals

How did September go? On the face of it, it feels like a big fat fail because I’ve been sick for more than half of the month. Which meant everything – literally everything  – took a back seat whilst I tried my best to get better. It seemed as I got one thing under control, my body would find something new to…

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September 2018

Oh September, you are my new August.   Stoma wise; this little one has not causes me one ounce of grief. Honestly, she has held it down when my IBD was flaring and causing my output to vary so damn much, but nope, bag stayed put and I ever got a few of days more out of several  bags when I…

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Biological Treatment, Gratitude and Being Comfortable in Hospital

A year in the making. Last year, my September was tough. It was a positive consequence of my August and the decisions myself and my IBD team made to get me well again. A quick recap – View this post on Instagram #throwbacktuesday 🙈🙊 • • • This time last year I was one month post op from my subtotal…

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Taking Steriods for an IBD flare up whilst living with …

Disclaimer: this is an expanded version of a previous post – IBD Basics: Corticosteriods which will now cover how to take steroids, how they work within the digestive tract and how this affected when having a stoma.    How do corticosteroids work? Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory agents for moderate to severe relapses of both UC and CD. They have no role…

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What are the Early Warning Signs of an IBD Flare …

Most of the time the cause of a Crohn’s flare is unknown. But the most common causes of flares include: Non adherence: Not taking medications as instructed Medications: Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as aspirin  and ibuprofen Diet: Eating too much of foods that the bowel can’t process or handle Other possible causes of flares include: Smoking Alcohol Stress…

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Oh ‘August’, Why do You Hate Me?

August, oh my. Patterns emerge when you’ve had your chronic illness for a while. There are some things you enjoy seeing the patterns towards; like when you can anticipate some symptoms or you get a click moment of clarity. But there are some patterns that do nothing but chip away at your emotions. August is that for me. Trigger, for…

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That Seven Year Itch

Yesterday, I made my way to work; another Thursday commuting through town. Nothing special, nothing new, nothing different; just the same old routine. The same thing I’ve been doing for months over the summer. I scroll through my phone, enjoying the Throwback Thursday as I do most Thursdays, to find myself fixated on the date. My Timehop shows me everything…

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September Goals

It wasn’t until I came to draw up my bullet journal for September, did I think about my August goals! How did August go? I’ve been able to completely track my GI symptoms and we see some patterns emerging when it comes to what I eat and how it affects me. What has been biggest is seeing how important sleep…

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