The Other Side of Ostomies…

The Other Side of Ostomies

… 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

It’s Not Just my Mental Health That’s Important

Cleaning for 00Steve's Mental Health

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.

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Halloween Simpson Style

Halloween Simpson Style

So this post is late up because we have just got the kids in bed from being at a Halloween party organised last minute by one of Ra-Ra’s school friends mum’s. We have had a pretty full on couple of days with regards to parties and getting things ready that she didn’t get chance to go Trick or Treating! So what on earth have we been up too?

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Emotion Families

Emotion Families - Time to Talk Tuesday

So today I thought I would talk about emotion families; often we can think we feel a range of emotions but not realise that they are part of an emotion family with a certain emotion being the “parent”. This is something I am learning about in DBT in the emotional regulation module and I was quite surprised to be honest how they all fell into families rather than just be sort of similar. Read more

Chickpea Stew

Chickpea Stew - Meatless Monday

This weeks meatless Monday is one of my favourite comfort food’s when the weather gets cooler. This chickpea recipe is something I have been eating since just after Ra-Ra was born and I needed something quick and easy but substantial too. You can add chorizo and/or spring greens if you like or can tolerate but I have found it is perfectly fine without! It has little fat content before toppings so is good for a filling meal when you maybe watching your weight. This can be vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or with meat but all which ways it really is a delightful party in your mush! Read more

Dracula my Local “Legend”

My Local Legend Dracula

So everyone will have heard of Dracula right? Whether it is from the many many films out there or from reading books. I am incredibly lucky to live in such a history rich area of the United Kingdom – North Yorkshire; this is not just where Captain James Cook grew up (his family home is actually down the street from me, or should I say was as it was moved brick by brick to Melbourne in Australia) but where Dracula is said to have shipwrecked on the cliffs in Whitby in Bram Stoker’s book Dracula. I have spent many days in Whitby as it is barely half an hour drive from me (we live in the moors so things relatively close still take some driving too) and also happens to be where I fell in love with 00Steve (on the miniature model of Captain Cook’s Endeavour – who knew we would end up living in the same village he did?) There are plenty of ghost stories in Whitby but I prefer the story of Dracula! Read more

What’s the Crack with B12?

What's the crack with B12

So we all know we are supposed to have a varied amount of vitamins to keep ourselves healthy and allow our bodies to run optimally – or as best as those of us with chronic illnesses can! But I don’t know a single person including myself that really knows the correct intake and where we get a balanced amount from rather than popping more pills as many of us (thankfully no longer me) shake rattle and roll as we take that many. Since my stoma was formed over 2 years ago I have heard and seen a lot about the importance of vitamin B12 so I thought I would look into it. Read more