What do Ostomates Deem as Accessories?

What do Ostomates deem as Accessories?

We have all heard about ostomates suffering changes to their prescriptions or items being no longer available to them. I did a survey earlier in the year in which ostomates around the country said whether they were affected and what they deemed as accessories as from what I saw in the groups it tended to be the things healthcare professionals that aren’t stoma care nurses deemed as essential to good stoma care. Read more

Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

returning to work after maternity leave

Returning to work after maternity leave can be quite stressful to some mums but for others as much as they love their children they can’t wait to get back to work and be “them” for a few hours rather than “mum”. I have gone back after maternity twice now and both times were very different. After Ra-Ra was born I went back to a job where I knew the staff, the job and it felt very much like my colleagues were family. This time after Button; I went into a whole new job where other than the basics of the job (once worked in care the basics are always the same) I didn’t know anyone, new paperwork and a new location. I feel very much like the outcast the typical new girl in the films of the 2000’s I grew up watching. Trying to join in with already established cliques. Read more

Potato Pastry Vegetarian Pasties – Meatless Mondays

Potato Pastry Vegetarian Pasties

Today I am going to share The Hairy Bikers sorry Dieters recipe for vegetarian pasties. I have tweaked it slightly by adding some more veggies and omitted the mushroom ketchup as I haven’t got any yet but the recipe in black is theirs and my additions will be in purple! I have enjoyed a lot of the recipes from their diet series and found them relatively easy and everyone who has had them have enjoyed them which is always good rather than people automatically presuming diet food is “rabbit food”. Now I’m not on a diet per se before I get told “there is nothing wrong with you.” But I am just trying to be more mindful of what I eat. I was instantly drawn to this recipe as it is potato pastry and my Grandad used to make an amazing quiche with potato pastry and I had never found a recipe that seemed simple enough to try but this one is! Read more

Let’s Talk about Perinatal Mental Health

Let's Talk about Perinatal Health

When I was pregnant with Button I was asked if I would take part in a local survey about mental health in pregnancy and as a new mum (perinatal). It’s sad to an extent they didn’t want to ask about new dad’s or dad to be’s mental health as it can be a stressful time for them too; especially when we still have the old “men must take care of their partners” and “men shouldn’t show their feelings” which I don’t agree with and won’t be teaching my son. I was picked to have an interview after they had collated all of the survey data, Button was less than a week old but I decided to participate.  Read more

Homemade Salsa and Potato Salad – Meatless Mondays

Homemade Salsa and Potato Salad - Meatless Mondays

Today I thought I would post my two stand by recipes for when I’m attending a barbecue or hosting one alongside my quiche which you can find here. I like to take something with me as I think it is only polite and it started with the potato salad and then the salsa was added. I try to make as many things as I can myself because if I’m honest I don’t have many things I think I’m good at but I like to think I’m fairly okay at cooking – or at least 00Steve thinks so! And since he is the main person I cook for that’s all that matters! Read more

Paris Weekend Break

Paris Weekend Break - Travelling with an Ostomy

So thanks to Purple Wings Charity really kindly giving me a grant of a hotel voucher for 00Steve and I to reconnect as having Ra-Ra then falling pregnant sadly losing Bean and falling pregnant with Button we never really had a chance to just adjust as a normal couple would after having major life changing surgery. Don’t get me wrong we never let my ileostomy get in the way of our relationship but we weren’t able to just be ourselves as we had little people to take care of! Thanks to Purple Wings Charity we were able to visit Paris! Read more