… from a health care professionals point of view!
So as some of you may know I recently did some training at work on stoma competency, which basically was to ensure I could change ostomy appliances on other people. I work in an extra care and support setting and may come across people with ostomies and if they need assistance with this we are to be trained in doing so. Now it may seem silly that I had to do this training but in reality it isn’t. Read more
Yep you read that title right; it isn’t just my mental health that is important. You may have read about me talking about self care but although we deserve to be important and have our needs met sometimes we over look those around us. More than likely unintentionally not realising some needs are more important than others with those closest to us.
ASCN is an annual convention/conference created for stoma nurses to meet, share experiences, see the new products from ostomy companies and watch lectures given by their peers. This years theme was “breaking barriers and enhancing relationships”. Read more
You may have heard the quote I have used as this post’s title in the amazing animated film “Moana” but not put much thought into it like me the first bazillion times I have watched it, until last week when Ra-Ra put it on again (thankfully I love it so I don’t mind) when I half heard it and I was in quite a low place it resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect. How often do we feel if we don’t have a specific item, person etc that we can’t possibly carry on or be the person we thought we were/are, or Maui’s hook? We often use things as a crutch whether we have latched onto it for personal reasons or societal. Read more
We have all seen the different variants of subscription boxes that are out there nowadays, but this one caught my eye on Instagram. I can’t remember which account sent me that way exactly but I started following the account and looked at the website and really like the idea and look of the Sunshine Stationery gift boxes. Read more
Birthdays, anniversaries etc can be a right faff for trying to find things for those that you love, but if that someone loves to write, blog or vlog be it for money or pleasure I have a few things that would be the perfect gift! Read more
I had the pleasure of connecting with Hillary over at The Smart Lioness and was given the opportunity to join in with her 8 week course “Unapologetically Me” on understanding your self worth, self appreciation and self care. Read more
As you may know if you followed my pregnancy/birth that I had decided to be sterilised. There was elements of doubt by the surgeon herself regards to the sterilisation and I was sent home waiting for a letter with a follow up dye test appointment. Read more
The Christmas season generally is a time where people are stressed and rushed off their feet but don’t let your stock of ostomy products be the last thing on your mind! Read more
Here is a letter to my younger self about my life in the future living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease without giving too much away, from what its like to live with it, surgery, pregnancy and random tidbits. Read more