Louise Hunt

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April Goals

How did Marchs goals go? I spent my month signed off sick from work. My anxiety and depression have been really aggravated by a whole bunch of things but as luck would have it, my CBT started at the very end of February. Throughout March we looked into Behaviour Therapy to help me identify aspects of my anxiety and see why my mood was so low. What I have learnt in CBT has been extremely positive and will be discussed at a later date – Mental Health Anxiety posts will be live in early May time. Having that time off work…

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March 2019

The Close of a Chapter   Stoma wise; it’s still been a difficult time for little stoma. She probably is acting out before upcoming surgery, because I am back to daily changes. Thankfully, when I got my prescription review with my GP, I had made my decision on what barrier to keep using, and I even got to add in my strong barrier – my applicator one, not just the wipes – to my repeats. I am very happy knowing that I can continue to manage my stoma with adequate supplies. Not just for now, when I am going to…

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What’s in my Hospital Bag?

It’s been almost three years since I had a planned admission to hospital, and a little over a year that I’ve had without an admission at all. So, planning and packing my hospital bag was a quite daunting task. What would I need? How much would I be able to take with me? How was I going to keep myself occupied when I didn’t have visitors? Did I have enough of everything?   The first thing I did was order my repeat prescriptions. My scripts become available at different levels of ‘low stock’ so I tried my best to get the…

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Why? My Proctectomy Explained

Background: In 2016 I underwent two operations for my Crohn’s Disease. The first was a Right Hemicolectomy in May, followed by a Subtotal Colectomy with Ileostomy in August. My first surgery was to remove a stricture that was causing all of my then IBD symptoms. It had been unresolved by medication, so a joint decision between myself, my consultant and surgeon was made to remove my terminal ileum and about 20 cm of my small bowel.  Between May and August I would be admitted  – post surgery – four times; I had a bowel infection, my Crohn’s reoccurred and we failed…

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How To Prepare for Surgery

I am a week or so away from another surgery. A planned one for a change! It has been almost three years since my first surgery and things are different this time around – I know what to expect, how the pre op appointments work, the process of a surgery and recovery but how exactly do you prepare and organise yourself for a major surgery? Here I’ll be going through step by step what is expected during your journey for surgery – from first surgical appointment through until the operation – peppered with my own tips and hints to what I’ve…

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