Life Lately

All posts from the life lately series. Musings, thoughts, small rants, personal posts that don’t fit into a specific category or topic.

Life Lately | Wound Care

DISCLAIMER: This post discusses the care of surgical wounds. No photos of any wounds are present in this post. The thing with surgery is you are left with scars. Scars mean wounds. And wounds mean wound care. For each of my bowel surgeries, I’ve been left with wound in the immediate post op period. My Right Hemicolectomy left me with four laparoscopic wounds, one of which was in my belly button and became infected. My Subtotal Colectomy I had a midline incision which came slightly undone about two weeks post op and scared the life out of me at a…

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Life Lately | Endocrinology

Pesky Ovaries! I’ve mentioned before, following some investigatory blood work, my GP had referred me to a Endocrinologist for some more answers and possible treatment for my PCOS. Background: I’ve been diagnosed with PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – since I was 16/17 when I had a very large absence of periods, as well as ‘weight gain’ and some hirsutism. This was, back then almost 15 years ago, treated with the contraceptive pill for a long while. I tried a variety of ones to find a suitable one. Just before I started to become unwell with my IBD diagnosis, I was…

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Life Lately | The Triple

The Triple Hi there, hello, welcome. They say things come in threes right? Well, that’s definitely true for me and my health. And this year has begun to already feel like the mother of all triples. These last ten days or so have been feeling like a triple, all of it’s own. Propranolol At the end of February, I was struggling to get into work. I was becoming more symptomatic with my IBD – Vedolizumab was scheduled but it would be overdue when I’d get into the unit for my infusion – and on top of that my anxiety was raging. One…

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Life Lately | Liver Biopsy

Last chance diagnostic saloon Yesterday I went in for a biopsy on my Liver. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been seeing a Hematologist since late 2017 and as of yet, we have yet to really pin point why my LFTs – Liver Function Tests – have continued with their trend of being very high since 2014. The transfer of my notes from my specialist liver consultant at the QE in Birmingham, who saw me from late 2014 until 2017, took a while to get to Peterborough, so I’ve enduring more of the same testing as before; 3…

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Life Lately | The ‘Final’ Step

At last, answers and a plan. I last talked – openly and frankly – about my current predicament back at the end of November; re my rectal stump. Since then, we’ve had some improvement with its produce but it’s still a massive pain in the butt; metaphorical and literal. But we have had some appointments come through and we are now at Stage Three of the process. This being; I actually signed my surgery paperwork this week. I had known about my surgical appointment since my GI appointment in mid December – which in actual fact, was only a run…

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