Good morning and happy Monday! I am delighted to share a guest post from the lovely Julie today. Julie looked after me when I was last in hospital for my knee which had locked again. We got chatting as she saw I had a stoma and she told me about her husband who had just… Continue reading Guest Post – Zero To Ileo In 4 Months
WARNING - This post will contain photos of stoma output for reference "No Natalie, you are not haemorrhaging internally, dying or suffering from some sort of tropical disease - you ate beetroot didn't you?" Living with IBD you get used to inspecting your poo and it really doesn't faze you to do it and then… Continue reading The Colour Poo
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?
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
Good morning and happy Friday! If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen my apology about not getting a post up on Wednesday. I have been working hard on my university assignment this week. I am pleased to say it is complete and has been submitted. Now I just get to worry about… Continue reading Top 10 Best Things About Getting My Stoma
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 recently caught the dreaded diarrhoea and vomiting bug that seems very prevalent at the moment. These kinds of bugs can be really dangerous for people with an ileostomy, mainly due to the ease we already become dehydrated even when not ill. Severe dehydration can quickly lead to kidney and other problems which can become… Continue reading BlogMas Day Seventeen – Coping With A Stomach Bug When You Have An Ileostomy
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!