IBD Basics: Endoscopy

Endoscopy: The When and Why Diagnosing IBD is no easy task: it is a complicated disease which presents in very many ways. However, what should occur is your doctor will take your history and perform a physical exam. The physical exam will focus on the GI tract, including inspection of the anus and possibly a rectal examination. They may order…

A Practical Guide to Fatigue

A typical conversation between myself and some colleagues usually discusses how tired we are. I tend to agree, because I am yawning and needing all the caffeine to get me through the day of work ahead. But, more often than not, it is more than that: I am fatigued. And yes, this is different to just “being tired“; it is something…

Hello! My name is Louise and I have Crohn’s Disease, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

I was diagnosed in September 2011 after months of symptoms that didn’t really make much sense. In the years since; I’ve had many hospital admissions, tried all of the medication options open to me at the time but chose to have surgery in 2016 to remove a large narrowing in my small bowel. Three months later, I had my colon removed and I now have a temporary ileostomy.

IBD Basics: MRI, CT & Ultrasound

What are MRI, CT and Ultrasound scans & why are they important? To make a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, your doctor will likely gather information from multiple sources. You’ll probably go through a combination of exams, lab tests, and imaging studies with these goals in mind: Rule out other health problems Make a clear diagnosis of Crohn’s disease Find out…

Expectations: The Chronic Illness Saga

Let’s highlight something, okay? Chronic illness means it is life long. It persists for a long time or constantly recurs. This means that whilst I wish my IBD would sod off at times and just leave me alone, it simply does not do that. I spent alot of time in my first year or so with my disease, wondering when it…

August Goals

Last month I decide to dedicate my bullet journal to organise my blogging and my daily tasks and appointments. I was loosing alot of time, trying to remember what I was meant to be doing, what I wanted to do and I always forgot something. So, July, I took control. And it worked really well! My habit tracker was the…

July 2018

July; keep on keeping’ on July seems to have been long but also short at the same time? WHERE IS ALL THE YEAR GOING? Despite that, it’s been a good’un. Stoma wise; despite the hot weather, I’ve managed to maintain good peristomal skin and managed to keep my abdominal area free from issues. I had a small rash on the…

Ostomy Uncovered: Peristomal Skin Issues

What is peristomal skin? Peristomal skin is the region of your abdomen around your stoma. It will be the skin that is covered by a stoma bag and probably about a 1-2 inch around the end of your baseplate; a total area of approximately 4 x 4 inches. . If you have a stoma created, this area will forever be…

The What and Why: Dehydration

What is dehydration? You can not survive without water – simple! It makes up nearly two-thirds of your body and is essential for you to function properly. Your body uses water to transport nutrients and oxygen around your body, get rid of waste products, control your temperature and to keep your joints lubricated so they act efficiently as shock absorbers.…

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