Social Anxiety – Time To Talk Tuesdays

social anxiety - time to talk tuesdays

Social anxiety is something that definitely for me goes hand in hand with being chronically sick, or at least I can’t put it down to anything else as I haven’t known any other way of life since becoming sick at the age of 10. Although I have noticed that after having both my children it became heightened. I would often describe myself as an introverted extrovert and I know that sounds pretty pretentious but I really believe it’s true. Read more

Being an Inpatient and being a Parent

being an inpatient and being a parent

Now my Little Lady doesn’t find it anything new, mummy going to see doctors and even being an inpatient in hospital. Even though she is definitely not a fan of me going in it has some perks for her – I always get her some crap from the hospital shop and she gets to “look after daddy” by staying in my bed. But she was nearly 2 by the time I started being admitted regularly so she had a bit of understanding, whereas Button doesn’t have any; he cries when he hears my voice on the phone and doesn’t understand why he can see me when I video call but I’m not actually there. This is the longest I have ever been away from him or them both together. Read more

Being Admitted and Mental Health – Time to Talk Tuesdays

hospital admissions and mental health

I find that when I am admitted into hospital I am fine mentally for 4 days or so then the paranoia sets in. I feel like staff are against me, the fact I’m mobile and independent makes people think I’m not sick, the fact I can tolerate pain well means when I say I have a pain score of 6 I get looks of really?? However this is something I am aware of and I can admit too whereas some may not want too. Read more

Have I Caught the Running Bug Again?

have I caught the running bug

Since 2014 when I first started running and telling the app to F$%* off I never thought I would find something I loved so much! I then got acutely sick which put my running on the back burner till after my surgery when I did a few runs until I found out I was pregnant! But I have decided to start again because it really helped my mental health last time and with my current issues (see Time to Talk Tuesdays series) I am hoping it does the same again. On the days I haven’t been well enough to go for a run I have gone out for a 30 minute walk instead to at least try to keep my fitness up.
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Product Review: Convatec Natura Mouldable Bags

Convatec Natura Mouldable Bags

I signed up to the Convatec patient information service called me+ and a lady rang me up to see if I had received everything okay; which I had done. She told me about a new appliance that peaked my interest a base plate that you don’t cut…you mould to the shape of your stoma, this post is where I talk about the pro’s and con’s of the product. Read more

Writing a Crisis Care Plan – Time to Talk Tuesdays

Do you ever find it hard when the professionals want from you? Or what support do you think you need? That is my personal hell! How am I supposed to know what support I need? I just want help!! But I also find simple (or simple to those not directly affected by it) questions like “what are your early signs?”, “what helps?” often I think I have no idea when asked on the spot but on reflection I may think of something. So here are some prompts on writing/co-writing your crisis recovery plan. Read more

Marmite Pasta – Meatless Mondays

marmite (vegemite) pasta - meatless mondays

Marmite love it or hate it? I love it or more specifically I have vegemite but it is still pretty much the same thing! This dish is perfect for those who love cheese on toast with marmite as it tastes so similar but with pasta as the carb instead of the bread! I found the original recipe with bacon in a good food magazine I believe awhile back but I have changed things up a bit. It is a fantastic little store cupboard gem for when you don’t have much in or just don’t fancy doing something extravagant. In fact Button loves it! Yeah that’s right my 9 month old baby goes mad for it! Plus the salty, savoury mix is just delicious! . Read more

Guest Post: What Is It Like Living With Two Stoma Bags?

what is it like living as a double bagger?

This latest guest post is written by my good friend Rachel of rocking2stomas blog fame about what is like for her as a double bagger; to live with both an ileostomy and a urostomy; for more on her story (which she feels she has now told a thousand times) please visit her blog via the link above. Read more

Borderline Personality Disorder – Time to Talk Tuesdays

borderline personality disorder - time to talk tuesdays

Borderline personality disorder otherwise known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, or as one of the crisis team thinks it should be renamed trauma survivor. As most people that suffer/live with this condition tend to get it from experiencing trauma often in childhood, although some people are born more sensitive to their emotions. Read more