Life Lately | Into Thirty We Go!

More of the same, ahead we go… My health has been so up and down of late; most of which needed some attention, I was completely unphased by my birthday on Monday! Processing and accepting where things are heading with each new issue is hard. And coping with anxiety doesn’t make any of this any easier; not that it would…

Open Letter to my Stoma

I turned 30 yesterday. Never in my dreams would I have imagined that I would be celebrating such a milestone with an ostomy bag on me. It’s hard to think about the future too much when you have a chronic illness because you’re never quite sure of where and what circumstances might come your way. It certainly gets easier as…

Ostomy Uncovered: How to Empty a Stoma Bag

Why is this important? If you have an ileostomy you will most likely be using a drainable pouch which will need emptying numerous times a day. Whilst in the beginning, this might feel like a daunting and challenging task, it soon before second nature and routine. Typically, an ileostomate would empty their stoma bag between 6-7 times a day; but…

IBD Basics: Corticosteriods

What are Corticosteroids & Why are they important? Corticosteriods are a group of anti inflammatory medications – including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone – which mimic the hormones produced by the adrenal gland, which lies above the kidneys. The hormones created by the adrenal gland have many functions but one in particular is that is the ability to heal inflammation; particularly in…

Deficiencies with IBD

What deficiencies are common with IBD?  When you have a digestive disorder, your gut does not function as it should; which means it has trouble absorbing all the necessary nutrients from the food you take in. For many people with IBD; they can become, overtime, deficient in particular vitamins and minerals. Most commonly are: Vitamin A: Also known as Retinol;…

March 2018

 March was the month of making plans. This month has had quite abit of unexpected sickness and new issues to contend with. I started #bujo for the first time and found the whole process of making layouts, getting organised and the sense of achievement very rewarding and fulfilling. It’s been a great way of tracking lots of things every day…

The “What is a Stoma?” Series – Part V

Welcome to Part V in my new blog series on “What is a Stoma?”  This instalment covers practical hints and tips for managing a stoma in the immediate post op recovery period as well as some long term advice. It also covers the importance of abdominal exercises, some simple dietary advice upon first eating with your stoma follow discharge from hospital, some…

Life Lately | “And Another Thing..”

Do you ever have those moments when you just think ‘What else can be thrown at me?’ Not that I haven’t been feeling okay lately, but its been chock full of just things that need to be sorted and nothing is every simple with me. For one reason or another, every week for a while, I’ve had my blood taken.…

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