“I can only please one person at a time. Today I choose me”

I recently read a blog post by Sally Crowe, who wrote about how her mental health was impacted after going through cancer treatment. She was diagnosed with cancer related post traumatic stress (you can read the blog post here). Sally chose this image: “Gardening as a metaphor for ‘tending trauma’, and learning to live alongside… Continue reading “I can only please one person at a time. Today I choose me”

Finding your other path in life.

From a young age we all have our dreams and aspirations as to what we want to be or do when we grow up. Our childhood dreams often don't quite equate to the reality of life. When we grow up you think that being Superman is just as much a possibility as being a Dr.… Continue reading Finding your other path in life.

Feeling like the odd one out at ICU support group

How can you feel like the odd one out at an ICU support group? I have written before many times that due to my asthma I end up in ICU a lot. I have written about my time in ICU and what happened but I don't think I have written much about the psychological impact… Continue reading Feeling like the odd one out at ICU support group

Multi-million pound Asthma Health Technology Fund at Asthma UK

Asthma UK- Asthma Health Technology Fund You may have seen on either the Asthma UK British Lung Foundation website or LinkedIn that there has been the launch of a multi million pound fund available to support the development of asthma health technologies. This fund I believe is so important because asthma lags behind other long… Continue reading Multi-million pound Asthma Health Technology Fund at Asthma UK

Long COVID vs Post ICU Syndrome

Is Long Covid really a new condition? Or just a new name for a syndrome that has effected the thousands of ICU Survivors for years? Taken from Long Covid Website There is a huge amount in the press just now about a new condition that is developing as a result of COVID19. Long COVID seems… Continue reading Long COVID vs Post ICU Syndrome

Essentials for Good Asthma Management

Recently on social media I have become so aware that many with asthma do not have the essential tools they need to enable them to manage their asthma effectively and live a life where asthma does not impede their daily routine. 1. Personal Asthma Action Plan (PAAP) or action plan for short. This is essential… Continue reading Essentials for Good Asthma Management

Negatives of telephone clinic appointments

I have written before about the positives of having telephone clinic appointments but today I found the real downside. I was meant to have a clinic appointment last week but this was rearranged due to my consultant being off work. It was rearranged for next Monday so I was shocked when I was called today.… Continue reading Negatives of telephone clinic appointments

Being Asthmatic with Easyjet

I saw in the news the other day a story that truly shocked me. To sum it up basically a severe asthmatic boarded an Easyjet plane only to be shouted at by the Pilot and jeered at by the rest of the passengers because he refused to wear a face covering despite having proof of… Continue reading Being Asthmatic with Easyjet

Why I continue to write my blog

Over the past few weeks I have struggled to get motivation to write here in my blog but today I received a message which reminded me just how important it is for me to write my blog. I started by writing my blog because I am not good at talking about how I feel or… Continue reading Why I continue to write my blog

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