June 2018

June; all of the ACHES June has seemed to just disappear hasn’t it? I can’t remember much of what I’ve done, it feels like nothing happened, but of course, that’s not the case. Stoma wise; with all the humid weather we’ve had, it’s meant that my bags aren’t lasting my full 48 hours as normal. This is partly due to…

Life Lately | Rollercoasters

I don’t even know where to begin.   Seriously, it’s been an awful time lately. Whilst I’ve avoided anything majorly going wrong or happening, I’ve had tons of shite dumped on top of me and I find myself struggling beyond my wildest dreams. It all started when I got the results of my latest lot of scans and blood work…

The What and Why: Faecal Calprotectin – The Poop Test

What is Faecal Calprotein? Faecal calprotectin is a biochemical measurement of the protein calprotectin in the stool. Elevated faecal calprotectin indicates the migration of neutrophils to the intestinal mucosa, which occurs during intestinal inflammation; including inflammation caused by inflammatory bowel disease. Under a specific clinical scenario, the test may eliminate the need for invasive colonoscopy or radio-labelled white cell scanning.…

IBD Basics: Blood Tests

What are blood tests & Why are they important? Blood tests are one of the most common medical tests for diagnosing any condition. Blood tests are used to both help with a diagnosis of IBD and also to monitor your condition once you have a diagnosis. However, here are no blood tests that can directly diagnose IBD. Blood tests are one tool in…

IBD Patient Involvement in Research Day

Something I had never really considered before was; How much involvement do patients have with research within the scope of their conditions? Turns out, lots. Why is this important? Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) is something that happens within all clinical research or clinical trial. And when you think about it, it makes sense – why would you research something,…

The What and Why: Inflammation & CRP

What is Inflammation & CRP? Inflammation is the process in which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. CRP – C-Reactive Protein is the most sensitive ‘acute phase protein’ and is the top choice in most situations when detection or monitoring of the acute phase response is…

May 2018

May; The bringer of PAIN May has always been a troublesome month for me. In the past; I’ve had surgery in this month, felt the worst pains in my IBD diagnosis and found working during those times very difficult. So May, has always been a low month. And this year was not exception. Stoma wise; Priscilla has largely been trouble-free…

Ostomy Uncovered: One Piece v Two Piece Systems

Ostomy Bags are often referred to as ostomy pouches or ostomy appliances. They come in three different types and with numerous options. The three types of ostomy bags are colostomy bags, ileostomy bags and urostomy bags. Within these types of ostomy bags there are many variations. Below is the comparison of a one versus two piece system. Before we begin,…

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