I got a whole day to get my head around the idea of having an ileostomy, many people don't get that long as it is often performed during emergency surgery. For some however, the surgery is scheduled and they have some time to prepare. Physically, this can be a blessing with more time to get… Continue reading Ten Top Tips To Prepare For Ostomy Surgery
I've been trying to up my fruit and vegetable intake recently. Anyone with Crohns/an ileostomy will know this can be tricky as many are off limits for different reasons - too much fibre, skins have to be removed, blockage causers - the list goes on. One way I have started to get more of the… Continue reading Super Smoothies?
So I didn't manage to get this one up last week. After the unexpected hospital stay, I took some time off to recover. Today is the second post in the blog series I am doing on conditions associated with IBD and we are looking at fistulas. What are they? A fistula is an abnormal channel… Continue reading Blog Series – Conditions Associated With IBD – Fistulas
Happy hump-day one and all. Apologies for the radio silence but after getting out of hospital and resting and then a big appointment on Monday I have been focusing on my health a little. Firstly, if you follow me on social media you will have seen that just under two weeks ago I had another… Continue reading A Day In The Life – Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Welcome to my new blog series which is all about conditions associated with IBD. Many people see Crohns and Colitis as 'pooing' diseases, which is actually only part of the problem. IBD can cause many other symptoms and conditions which may need treating with more medication, surgery, or may just have to be tolerated by… Continue reading Blog Series – Conditions Associated With IBD – Fatigue
So any one who follows me on Instagram and Facebook will have seen my sore skin photo caused by my use of the Brava Elastic Tape Extenders. If not here is what happened to my skin after wearing them for three days. My skin was weeping, extremely dry and bleeding in places, I even had… Continue reading Stripping Down Baseplate Extenders – Worth The Hype?
So with it being BlogMas I haven't done a Five Friday Favourites post in a while, so I thought I would round them up in a monthly favourites post instead. There is a whole range of different things to share so I hope you enjoy reading through and maybe get some inspiration to give some… Continue reading BlogMas Day 23 – December Favourites
I wrote this post before Ste went into hospital, over a month ago, and had it sitting here for all this time. I feel like now is the time to share it. As anyone following my blog will know, Ste was admitted to hospital after we visited his amazing gastro doctor as he was rapidly… Continue reading BlogMas Day Fifteen – The Things You Can’t Say To Your Chronically Ill Partner
On the 12th day of Christmas, chronic illness gave to me 12 breakfast tablets, 11 early nights, 10 pred rages, 9 fill your faces, 8 doctor visits, 7 bouts of brain fog, 6 non-alcoholic cocktails, 5 swollen joints, 4 heat pads, 3 bag leaks, 2 stool samples, and a blockage cuz I ate nuts!
If you watch The IBD & Ostomy Support Show you will know our August theme has been exercising with IBD or an ostomy. This can be difficult for many reasons - fatigue, risk of hernia, malabsorption, deficiencies and many more. There are many amazing people across the IBD community who are actively taking part and… Continue reading An Interview With Ali Jawad