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A year on from that fateful day.

When I woke from the coma and not being able to feel my leg never did I think that a year on there would be no improvement. To be honest I don't think the medics thought it was anything more than temporary too. Over the year I have experienced a lot of different emotions and… Continue reading A year on from that fateful day.

Reporting Scotland: Shielding Changes

Made my TV debut!! Last week I was asked by the British Lung Foundation if I would be willing to be interviewed for Reporting Scotland. The interview all hinged on Nicola Sturgeon announcing changes to shielding on the Thursday (23rd July 2020). If things went Pete Tong in Scotland she would not be making any… Continue reading Reporting Scotland: Shielding Changes

Experiencing a new hospital!

How do you get from Fearnan to Perth in 30 minutes and Perth to Dundee in 15 minutes. A blue lighted ambulance!! (This might be a bit of a long one but I need to get it down on paper so to speak) With severe asthma you think you have experienced everything when it comes… Continue reading Experiencing a new hospital!

Too many ideas….dont know where too start

Right now I have so many blog ideas but I have no idea which one to start with and how to get them all done. I sit down to write one and I get an idea for another or a note I need to write down for another blog I have started and want to… Continue reading Too many ideas….dont know where too start

PIP Change in Circumstances

PIP or Personal Independent Payments is the UK's disability payment scheme for those who's life is affected by their chronic condition. I wrote a few years ago about the different stages of the PIP application process which can be found here: Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3. These posts were written back in 2017… Continue reading PIP Change in Circumstances

Shielding- our path out of lockdown.

A text saying Nicola Sturgeon is making an announcement regarding shielding at 12:30pm today 8th June filled me with excitement but also dread. As a Scot I have watched those living in England go on a huge rollercoaster and then be put in a blender. I don't think anyone in the shielding category in England… Continue reading Shielding- our path out of lockdown.

Drugs going out of stock in lockdown

aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh they are stopping making one of my drugs!!! A phone call from my pharmacist to tell me that they cannot get hold of one of my drugs is something no patient ever likes to hear let alone during lockdown and even less so when it is one of your allergy meds and you have… Continue reading Drugs going out of stock in lockdown

Disabled looks like me Campaign

"Disabled looks like me" campaign with Leonard Cheshire and Mimi ButlinĀ is very close to my heart for a number of reasons. The first one is that the aim of the campaign is to breakdown disability stereotypes. One thing I used to get really upset and angry about is being judged because I didn't look how… Continue reading Disabled looks like me Campaign

Digital health and tele-monitoring.

Living with asthma for over 30 years I have experienced a lot of different medication, types (and colours) of inhaler and ways of managing my asthma. The types of inhaler have gone varied from a metered dose inhaler with a nebuhaler (similar to the volumetric but longer and thinner), to the spin haler and rotahaler… Continue reading Digital health and tele-monitoring.