M.I.A

Wow it has been a while since I last wrote a blog post. I think this has been the longest gap ever. I am still about but a combination of trying to manage my health mainly the abdominal wound (which I still have and is still not healing) and trying to still do all my… Continue reading M.I.A

Nursing Strikes

It is a very sad state of affairs when nurses are being pushed to their limit, having given their all to save lives and are not rewarded for their dedication especially after the few years where many chose to sacrifice being with the family to protect them while they went off to look after those… Continue reading Nursing Strikes

Mental Health Benefits From Using My Patient Voice

Today 10th October 2022 is World Mental Health Day. I was asked to give a brief talk during the event Living Well: Emotional Support Matters hosted by The Health and Social Care Alliance (Scotland). My talk was titled: Benefits of using your own experience to call for change. This blog post is roughly what I… Continue reading Mental Health Benefits From Using My Patient Voice

2022 is not my year

Last year (2021) I had so many plans for this year especially as my health seemed to be a bit more stable I was looking forward to getting out and about and just living life again but 2 weeks in January that all changed. I cannot believe we are now in October. Time has been… Continue reading 2022 is not my year

Smoking Ban on NHS Hospital sites comes into force

I am so excited, I cannot contain myself!! Yesterday a smoking ban on NHS hospital sites came into force. This new law means that no one on a NHS hospital site can smoke within 15m of a hospital building and cannot smoke under any overhangs of buildings either. This law is enforceable and people who… Continue reading Smoking Ban on NHS Hospital sites comes into force

Severe Asthma Peer Support Group

Severe asthma is a complex disease that impacts every aspect of a persons life. I have lived with asthma almost all of my life and severe asthma for over half of it too, even before it was classed as severe it was always hard to control. There is not one aspect of my life that… Continue reading Severe Asthma Peer Support Group

My COVID-19 Experience

The covid fairy finally paid me a visit a few weeks ago. Postive Lateral Flow Test and a High temp (not the highest it hit) Having avoided it for the last 2 and a half years I knew my time would come but I had no idea when. Not long into the first national lockdown… Continue reading My COVID-19 Experience

Being on Biologics for Spontaneous Idiopathic Urticaria and Angioedema

After years of struggling with what I thought was only allergies I was formally diagnosed with spontaneous idiopathic urticaria and angioedema (I will refer to it as urticaria from here as it is a mouthful and a lot to write over and over). I wrote a blog post about it a few months ago, it… Continue reading Being on Biologics for Spontaneous Idiopathic Urticaria and Angioedema

Medical Gaslighting

Medical gaslighting is a term that I have seen around on social media quite a bit over the last year or so. I would read stories about patients experiences of poor medical care or incorrect assumptions made by medics which have been devastating for the patient and feel blessed that this has never happened to… Continue reading Medical Gaslighting