Friendship Guest Post #2
Last week some of you may have seen the first post in this mini-series on friendship, a series of guest-posts centred on how having a long-term illness or disability can affect the friendships you have, make & break; last week’s post was written by Megz Jones, a 25-year-old woman who has type 2 bipolar disorder. This week’s post has been written by Roxanne Michelle, a 29-year-old with generalised anxiety disorder.
Friendship Guest Post #1
This week marks the first week of my series of friendship guest posts; this series is going to involve other people writing about how being unwell or disabled, either mentally or physically, has affected the friendships in their lives – either in a positive or negative way. The reason I wanted to get people together to write about this topic is because I have had some really difficult experiences of people turning their backs on me due to my bad health, but I’ve never felt comfortable enough to write about it for my Medical Mondays series… I then thought that there may be other people out there feeling the same way, & by getting together to write about these things it might make it easier for us to deal with the heartaches we may have dealt with. Equally, I’ve met some wonderful people online through my illnesses & I’d like to celebrate those friendships on here.
This week’s post has been written by 25-year-old Megz Jones; Megz has type 2 bipolar disorder, so her post will of course contain discussions of this illness, as well as her difficulties with maintaining friendships because of her manic & depressive episodes. Megz ends her post on a positive note though, so it’s not all “doom & gloom”. Continue reading
A Medically-Induced Hiatus Update
So! A week ago I told y’all that I was taking a week off from posting due to bad health & being totally behind on scheduling posts, but I’m hoping that things can go back to normal now… maybe. In that post I also told you that I was due to have a procedure on my bladder; as I wrote in my Sum-Up Sundays yesterday, the procedure went fine & apart from some pain I’m doing okay.
A Medically-Induced Hiatus
At the end of December I took a temporary break from posting so I could pre-write my posts for the new year & get ahead of schedule to lower my stress levels; I’m doing another break for the same reason, but also because I’ve been really unwell the last week & I’m having a small surgical procedure tomorrow afternoon. For just over the last week, I’ve had a really bad cold, but because of my other illnesses a simple cold is never just a simple cold; my pain has been a lot worse & I’ve had serious brain fog… because of this, I haven’t done much reading or writing for what feels like a long time so I need to take time out to recharge my batteries. Although I won’t be posting I will still be writing, with the hope of being able to get ahead of schedule by a few weeks when I’m back up & running.
As April 1st is a Sunday (this coming Sunday) I will definitely be posting a Sum-Up Sunday post about March, but right now I can’t say how active my blog will be over that following week, or when things will be totally back to normal… it all depends on how much I manage to write during my recovery from this vile cold & my medical procedure. The medical procedure I’m having is to do with my interstitial cystitis which you can read about here (the post also includes an explanation of the procedure I’m having repeated tomorrow) – I also have a guest-post going up on Utopia-State-Of-Mind.com today about disability representation in literature so make sure you head over there to check out the series that Lili has set up for her blog’s 2nd birthday!
Again, this is only going to be a short post as I’m still trying to find a way to balance my blog & new job; but, I said I would update you on my claim for Personal Independence Payment (disability benefits in the UK) so here you go…
This week’s post is only a short one as I start my new job today (eek) & have a whole bunch of reviews to catch up on! I asked Twitter whether y’all would be interested in me doing weekly or fortnightly updates about my anaemia & generally the response said you would so here you go… Continue reading
Facet Joint Injections
My blog has been a little bit inactive for the last few days, so I would like to apologise for that… but! I do have a decent reason; on Friday I have my second round of facet joint injections, so over the weekend I wasn’t able to do much writing, & I’m starting to run out of scheduled posts (oops). I have a week off from now until I start my new job so I’m hoping to catch up on reviews & to catch back up on my pre-scheduled posts – firstly though, I want to tell you about Friday.
Leschi Warming Pillow: Noah The Fox
This Medical Mondays Post is a little different from my usual posts, but I have done something similar before (which can be found here)… this week I’m going to be “reviewing” something that my mum got me for my birthday – a neck & shoulder warming pillow in the form of a fox!
All the photos used in this post have been lifted from the Amazon purchase page.
PIP Medical Assessment
A few weeks ago I had my PIP Medical Assessment – for any of you who don’t know, PIP stands for personal independent payment & is the new form of benefits for those with disabilities in the UK. When you apply for PIP you have to fill out a long form about how your disability affects you, provide contact information for any doctors or specialists that will be able to help explain your personal situation, & you must also attend an assessment where a medical professional assesses you & how your disability affects you.
Medical Goals for 2018
This is my first Medical Monday post of the New Year so it only makes sense that I use it to set myself some medical goals for the upcoming year. My first goal is to get more active – something that is already happening because of my new job. I would also love to start swimming/hydrotherapy properly; possibly going weekly, to help myself get stronger & to help my muscles relax after hard weeks at work. Continue reading