3 Weeks Post Ileostomy: Emotional Overload

It’s hard believe it’s just a little over 3 weeks since my ileostomy. The time in hospital was a fairly negative experience for me, but fortunately only fragments are memorable for me, the rest having gone by in fits of restless sleep and a morphine haze. The first week after hospital was a bit of…

What To Expect : Ileostomy Pre-Op

For anyone considering, or nearing the date of, an ileostomy, I thought I’d share my pre-op experience. This is just to give you an idea of what you may expect, though of course every hospital and type of surgery is different. As the call about the surgery was only a week before the date, the…

Know Your Numbers

We put a lot of faith in GPs, specialists and reception staff when we’re given test results. Most of the time, however, all we’re told is whether something is ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’, and either given a prescription, told to make a certain lifestyle/diet change, or sent on our way. I’ve found over time, however, that…

Healing For Dry & Irritated Skin

Dry or irritated skin can be a result of numerous things, from health conditions to stress to environmental factors. I tend to have dry skin more in winter, irritated skin more in summer, and always end up reaching for creams come the warmer weather so it’s not as noticeable when wearing short sleeves or a…

Don’t Lose Sight Of The Future Goal

Whenever I think of the future, of a goal or where I want to go and the life I want to live, I’m initially filled with a small glow of hope. Immediately afterwards, I’ve overcome by an overwhelming weight of the obstacles on the way. … Imagine any of the following : You want to…

What Not To Say To Someone With An Invisible Illness

Sometimes, I’d like people to read my mind. Other times, I think I must assume people can, then get upset or frustrated when they simply ‘don’t get it’. Not many people know the symptoms I have, the health issues I’ve got, about the two operations I had last year, or the stoma surgery I’ve recently had.…

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