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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Pre Operative Assessments: Stoma & General Surgery – 14.03.19

I last had a pre op for major surgery back in May of 2016 ahead of my Right Hemicolectomy. Reading it back, everything is very much the same – not long before the operation is here, pre op drinks at the ready, all vitals taken and history given. What was different this time was already having a stoma. I initially thought my stoma pre op was a mistake – surely the hospital know I already have one and I know more than most, of what to expect? – but it was not. I met all the new Stoma Care Nurses…

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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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