Day 7: my body (even though some bits don’t work...)
11 years since my diagnosis. Every day is different but having type one diabetes has taught me so much about the human body and how miraculous it is. It's taught me responsibility. It's taught me gratitude. It's taught me that life is not always easy but when it's hard, it's OK to take a step back and let yourself feel pain. It's also taught me that life can be wonderful and living with this disease is possible.
I couldn't do any of this without my family and friends support. Neither could I do this without the NHS. So Thank You, everyone. Here's to the next 11... #typeonediabetes #saveournhs #thats11not2 🐨
Yesterday I witnessed the magic of the NHS. The care, the thought , the calm, how fucking privileged we are to have this amazing service. We have to stand up for the NHS, we have to fight for the people who are working tirelessly to save our loved ones everyday. I don’t have much, but you guys have my respect, admiration and awe . Thank you x #nhs #nhsgratitude #nhsheroesawards #nhsheroes #saveournhs #onceuponafatty
As our friend who tagged us in this saying ‘this deserves to have the shit shared out of it!’ You know what... we agree! Here is just one reason you need to fight for your NHS. Enjoy fashion, enjoy booze, enjoy social media. But remember the important things in life. Shout here if one of those things is healthcare, free at the point of entry: Repost from @sirliammellor using @RepostRegramApp - This deserves to have the shit shared out of it, endlessly. #nhs #saveournhs #saveslives @nhsmillion
Been a really tough few days for our baby boy. He's had his appendix removed, a bladder infection, a catheter, two IV's and been endlessly prodded and poked.
He's not been a happy little dude. But hoping he's finally on the mend and will start to feel better now. He sang Step In Time today for the first time in a week so he must be feeling better!
Thanks to all our family and friends for the visits, messages and help with Isaac and Rose (especially my mum and dad and Amy and Terence!) We love you all!
And PS the NHS is amazing!
#ted #love #sick #alderhey #saveournhs #NursesAreSuperheroes #family #lucky
Sorry not very good pic ... but... discovered this at the train station yesterday, really Is that the best we have to offer Sugar, sugar or crisps If you’re caught out hungry not really great options to choose from! We need to get the no added sugar options added to vending machines - there, vent over with!
@superfoodio @nakdbars What do you think
#sugarfree #saveournhs #healthyeating #lowcarb #lowsugar #nosugar #noaddedsugar
He is SO brave. A night in hospital for this soldier. Another sleepless night for Mummy and Mumma. He is the strongest little man 💪🏼 #braveboy #toddlersofinstagram #toddlers #son #poorly #thekerrcubs
Also, as a side note. We are so lucky to have our nhs. People complain about it all the time but we are super lucky. Im grateful for the way they look after my loved ones when they’re ill. They way they work so hard. Last night at the hospital was mayhem. As uncomfortable as it was for everyone waiting. Imagine how hard it was for the staff trying to work hard for everyone there. To diagnose and treat rooms full of people. Madden was there all night long. With many other children. We are so so lucky to have the ability to turn to the nhs when we need it. #thankyou #nhs #grateful #saveournhs #hospitalstays #lucky
I’m learning that recovery takes patience and plenty of naps. I’m so grateful of days like this and my short strolls becoming longer. Hope the sun was shining where you were today!
Yesterday should've been my first appointment with the consultant at my new hospital but due to a screw up by the new GP it got cancelled. So now I'm waiting. Again. Thank goodness the old hospital are continuing to prescribe this stuff which couldn't have come soon enough this time round to be honest. The NHS is a complicated beast at times but mostly I am grateful for it and that this free treatment gives me the best chance I'm going to get at living a 'normal' life.
#crohns #crohnsdisease #ibd #inflammatoryboweldisease #invisibleillness #nhs #saveournhs #stelara #ustekinumab #grateful
Today was a BIG emotional day and unexpectedly. This morning Elsie saw her community paediatrician for the first time since her SDR. It was the first time we REALLY stepped back and realised the unbelievable change in our girl and truly reflected on how SDR has changed her life.
Ironically we then went to soft play... 6mnths ago, this was the stuff of nightmares, but not today.
Today there was a point that Elsie looked at me and said ‘mummy you don’t need to help me, I’ve got this’ and my goodness she was right!
Last night BBC 2 showed a documentary about SDR, today my newsfeed is full of outrage that as a society we continue to fail our most vulnerable and in honestly it should be! ! Our children’s health should not come with a price tag!
We will not be quiet, we will not stop fighting and we will stand with our new and wonderful friends to bring changes! Hear us roar because we know fight like you can not believe! #saveournhs #sdrchangeslives #stronggirlclub
#thankyou to the #nhs #my blood pressure is very very low after operation they not letting me go but my #grateful is very high
Thank you to all our Unite members from the Isle of Man NHS Trust for taking part in #HeartUnions week. Unite - helping to #SaveOurNHS - join us #HeartUnite join.unitetheunion.org
There are tonnes of fitness trackers and pedometer-stype apps out there, but which is the best if you’re trying to track your activity levels over a busy - or not so busy - shift We’re fans of STEPZ - it’s super accurate, doesn’t require GPS and so uses less battery and you don’t even need to check into the app to see your progress - the app icon badge displays your up-to-date step count.
On Android Accupedo is another great option and will give you an extra motivation boost via regular reminders to get up and move around.
Highly ‘Curated’ Before and After shots. Our New Girl. —————-
Tibi gratias agimus @uclh #saveournhs 💙💫🌈
I have to admit, apart from our recent referral to the fertility clinic, I have personally never used the NHS (unless my arm is cut off I wont even go to A&E). I have worked my butt off since I was 15 and paid every kind of tax the UK has put on me, but I have never once moaned. Why would I My best friend in the world died, not because of health care but because there wasn't enough organ donors in the UK. Before that, she had years of free care that gave us time we may never of had, her sister received a double lung transplant, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer early enough she overcame it, my mum also had a heart condition diagnosed and was fitted with a pacemaker that weekend (my cousin and aunt had the same). People may moan about the NHS but reading these infertility posts, that are mostly USA, I see so many people paying thousands of $ for infertility and thank goodness I am lucky enough to be here and be given a chance #nhs #ilovethenhs #saveournhs #NHSSavesLives #nhsfertilityclinic #nhsthankyou
Today had been a all about healthcare instead of St Valentines. Dr and two dentist appointments post school. Too much busy. Getting my NI worth!! #nhs #saveournhs #dentist #dr #gp
In a house full of germs with a fluey toddler there isn't alot of time for self care.
I've napped when he naps and I've eaten cheese on toast. I've drunk my own volume in tea and scoffed anything sweet I can find.
Throughout it all this Amaryllis has been steadily growing towards the light and producing these beautiful blooms.
#selflove #selfcare #takefive #mindfulness #meditative #amaryllis #flu #nhs #saveournhs
Day 3: our NHS.
Honestly, without the NHS I would not be alive. Every three weeks I fill out a prescription for medicine that without, I would die. I hand it in. No questions asked. I get my medicine. FOR FREE. The other week I was admitted to hospital with food poisoning. I went to A&E. They admitted me. Put me on fluids for 4 hours. Patched me up then sent me home. FOR FREE. The countless times I have needed medical help. The hundreds of doctors and nurses who’ve helped me. And my family. And friends.
A memory that sticks out in my mind is when I was living in Canada, I had to go to hospital because of a tummy bug. Paul took me to A&E, and I woddled up to the desk and started to explain what was wrong. Before I barely opened my mouth, the woman behind the desk asked me for my medical I.D - proof of insurance - without which, I would have not been treated. I was so shocked. And every time I paid $80+ for my insulin every three weeks, I was reminded how lucky we are here in the UK.
The NHS is a bloody marvel. A bloody marvel.
One of the most compelling reasons to sign up to Nightingale is that Nightingale nurses and GPs are paid more.
At Nightingale, we like things to be transparent. There’s no secrecy and no dirty dealing, and certainly no playing employers or nurses off against each other.
In fact, we do the exact opposite of what agencies do - rather than keeping employer and nurse at arm’s length from each other, we encourage you to talk. To discuss options and preferences. To agree a rate that works for both parties.
And how can we do that Well, with Nightingale there’s no commission-hungry sales shark looking for his or her next deal. Just two healthcare professionals having a grown-up conversation and reaching an agreement that’s mutually beneficial - oh, and did we mention it’s a much better agreement than either party would reach using an agency recruiter
The NHS is brilliant.
Poor Squeaks was a bit blue around the lips this morning so I called 111 who triaged and advised us to go see the GP. Went to the GP who checked him over and gave us advice on what to keep an eye on. 8 hours later a temp spike of 40.2 and fast breathing, we called 111 again who sent out an ambulance (not blue lights!!) 🚑 since our closest paeds a&e is 45minutes away. We met the fantastic duo Dave & Dave of @yorksambulance who checked him over.
Squeaks is still poorly but got the all clear unless his breathing goes off again!
#thankyouNHS @nhsmillion #saveourNHS
Not quite 10 years ago but tb to when my teacher took me to stitch my broken toe and Nurse Birma James blessed me w/ gas&air so that she could inject some anaesthetic in me
All u man banging nos @ carni U will never come close to this typa enlightenment, dismissed.
Training the latest intake of nursing assistants (a new role) at St Thomas’ hospital today. Actually in the hospital. Actually in the children’s ward. Well, in a small meeting room (cupboard) at the end of the children’s ward. (This is the time capsule full of toys from when the Eveline Children’s Wing was built)
It was incredible. The NHS is incredible. The individuals who work there are incredible. I feel very lucky.
#lovework #beyou #thedifferenceisyou #values #youmatter #saveournhs
Today my eldest daughter (7) saw the paediatrician about her seemingly random vomiting. She had bad reflux as a baby and continued to experience stomach pain and heartburn when eating some dairy products. The paediatrician said she would probably always have a cows milk protein intolerance now (vast majority of kids outgrow at 1, 3, or 5). She's started vomiting some nights and has bad nosebleeds. I took her to the GP snd said I thought she had reflux and she made a referral to the paediatrician. Within a few weeks we has an appointment and she agrees with my "diagnosis" and has ordered a barium swallow to check all is ok, and then she will start taking omeprazole.
I've had a lot of involvement with paediatricians over the last 9 years with all 4 children for a variety of issues and I have to say they are so good here. They listen to both me and the child, they explain everything they're thinking and the options we have. They ask my opinion and they order the tests and make the relevant referrals promptly. It is unfortunate my children have health issues but I feel very fortunate that they are treated for them in the efficient and caring way they are.
#lucky #nhs #lovethenhs #saveournhs #paeds #paediatrician #health #gerd #cmpi #cmpa #reflux #kids #parenting #motherhood #mummysgirl #mumanddaughter #mygirl #esh #eastsurreyhospital
Except this quote isn’t quite true....
Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet...my little boy has been in hospital! .
He’s given us quite a scare! A chest infection gone utterly wrong and an early catch of septicaemia!!
Scans, bloods, x-rays and 48 hours of drugs on a IV drip and he’s gone from a very concerning jaundice/grey, limp little boy - back to his old self! .
What I really wanted to write about in this post is the AMAZING work out NHS do! How could we even think of making their jobs harder by cutting funding I didn’t see anyone stop working diligently to make sure my little boy got out of danger! from the consultant who first saw the signs, to the nurse that was stationed at the foot of his bed for the entire first 24 hours - to the one calming him down when the pain got so much that I hadn’t got a clue how to help him! To the ward nurses who worked night and day on their feet with screaming babies on their hips and never ever stopping! Just unbelievable! .
I’ve had to benefit from the NHS far more than I’d have liked over the last couple of years but the care my whole family has received has been second to none! .
We’re out of the woods but there are loads of patients we’ve left in hospital that the NHS are saving day in day out! .
I really can’t thank them enough!
#nhs #saveournhs #learnfrench #leedsgeneralinfirmary #littleman #anappleaday #nursesrule #helpless #septicemia
Today involved a 'little 'procedure' at the hospital.... of course as it's me there is never a dull moment....My mums driving/shortcuts had me on edge before we even got there..... As my anxiety is at a somewhat heightened level at present I sat shaking and in tears after my mum had been sent away.... The staff decided to send me in first...... Just before I was anethtised I had a major panic... and decided I was going home..... The anethetist (who I sort of know) was hilarious...... We discussed how killing me would be too much paperwork.... She then asked me what I drink.... I said vodka.... She replied with, I just gave you a triple..... I dont remember anything else xx I woke up shortly after my op.... She came to see me and said " see I promised I wouldn't kill you" xx She was exactly what I needed xx thankyou #saveournhs #disaster #disastermummy #anxiety #givemeabreak #anxiousmummy #drama #dramaqueen #parentingfails #insomnia #sleepingproblems #anxiousmind #anxiousmindsthinkalike #funnymummy #momlife #funnyblogs #mummybloggeruk #funnymummy #crapday
Working long hours can make you feel important - vital, even. It’s easy to get your head down and get on - until those long, martyrish hours start taking their toll.
The fact is that we Brits are far less productive compared to our European neighbours, and the Mental Health Foundation found that when working long hours, 27% of employees feel depressed, 34% feel anxious and 58% feel irritable.
Ask yourself how you can work smart, rather than slaving away every minute of the day. Prioritise your tasks daily and re-prioritise throughout a shift as things crops up. Give yourself a certain amount of time per task and try not to get caught up in pointless time-sucking activities.
We know, easier said than done, but once you start letting go of perfectionism, setting boundaries and - shock horror! - saying no, you’ll find your work-life balance is restored and you might even discover a new-found respect for yourself.
NHS is always getting bad press but where would we be without it 💙
So many of my stoma friends from around the world have to pay for treatment or for their bags. They will use one bag for nearly one month 😳
We are so extremely lucky to have our NHS and be able to just pick up the phone and say please could I order 1 x box bag, adhesives spray, tapes and wipes! For FREE😀
We can get booked in for our surgery and appointments without thinking and worrying how I will afford it or how much my insurance will pay for. Sometimes we are all so quick to pick up on the bad points about our NHS but let’s take a moment to realise how amazing it really is and how lucky we all are in the UK to have it 👨⚕️👩🏼⚕️our nurses and doctors are all doing a fantastic selfless job day in and day out 💙
#NHS #loveournhs #ostomylife #pain #ileostomybag #ostomy #adhesions #saveournhs #luckytohavenhs #lucky #appreciationpost #jpuh #jamespagethospital #a&e #brycestomastory
I actually had a hospital appointment for scans today on a sunday ! Can u believe that sunday!! Our nhs is bloody amazing they work really hard and i have been so looked after and will be forever grateful...and the best news is my final scans for the infection i developed in oct are clear it was just a random thing that happened nothing under lying we celebrated with a starbucks obviously 😁💖 #godblessournhs #forevergrateful #nhs #saveournhs #starbucks #leedscity
Our beloved NHS. They’re our heroes, they really are! After a day of feeling pretty awful yesterday, I woke some time after midnight with severe back pain. It subsided for a bit but kept creeping up in waves, reaching an eye watering 10/10.
We decided to call 111 as there was no pain relief in the house 🙄 It was out of sheer desperation really.
Literally minutes later the paramedic arrived.
Checked my blood pressure, did an ecg, did a finger prick test to check my blood sugar. Monitored my waves of surging pain.
Then the ambulance arrived and they took me to the hospital. I don’t know if you’ve ever travelled in an ambulance but it’s incredibly discombobulating not being able to see where you’re going. We finally arrived at the hospital after what felt like a rather odd theme park ride.
It was the middle of the night and it was incredibly daunting because I was on my own. John needed to stay at home with Alice. I was taken straight to Central Delivery Suite.
I kept thinking “it’s too soon, it’s too soon there’s still 5 weeks to go” I think the midwife could tell I was anxious. She was wonderful, busy making notes but didn’t take her eyes off me. The doctor came in with a portable ultrasound machine and scanned me. I was hooked up to a monitor so we could hear baby’s heartbeat. I do love hearing his little strong heart pounding. It’s so reassuring. So I took every beat I heard and tried to keep positive.
More blood pressure checks and stuck my finger stuck in one of those weird plastic things with a red light that just reminds me of E.T.
The pain was easing off. I was starting to feel better. I asked the doctor what these pains were and he said “probably contractions.” 😳
But there’s nothing else to suggest baby is on his way so he gave me codeine *woohoo!* and I was able to come home to the comfort of John and my bed.
I couldn’t thank the staff enough. We humans are so fragile and these people devote their lives to helping us when we aren’t well. I’ve been in situations in hospital with members of my family a few times in my life and I’m always in awe of how remarkable the staff are.
Thank you to everyone who works for our NHS.
#Repost @theamateurmixologist (@get_repost)
Yesterday was my son’s fifth birthday & I’ve been looking back at pics my wife & I took as first time parents in that inaugural chaotic, life upending week.
Our hilarious, compassionate, adventurous boy was born with ridiculously high bilirubin levels, causing serious jaundice that meant our first 8 days together were spent with him in a plastic box surrounded by 5 UV lights; day and night. I’m ever thankful to the incredible team of nurses, midwives and doctors who shared a week of our lives; supporting a critically ill infant and two desperate, clueless parents through the hardest week of their lives. The same team who do that job day in, day out, for families just like ours and with more painful outcomes. Thank you NHS, thank you for being skilled, free, compassionate and there.
Here’s a blue drink, like the lights from five years ago, that I raise as a toast to you.
• 30ml @bacardi white rum
• 50ml custard washed @belsazar_vermouth dry vermouth
• 10ml @monin_uk blue curaçao
• 1/2 sleeve @bettersbitters lime leaf bitters
• 1 egg white
👉 shake all ingredients with ice, strain, serve, garnish (eucalyptus oil is poisonous, so the sprig is just for show)
#nhs #rum #vermouth #saveournhs
3/40 Stories from a junior doctor. I didn’t realise he specialised in obstetrics, so there’s a lot of gruesome pregnancy stories in it. The humour was ok but the best parts of the book were the sincere moments #saveournhs
In hospital today... Heart issues (I'm OK)
In three hours I got an ECG, bloods taken (and returned), thyroid checked, kidneys checked, liver checked, full bloods.. Turns out I have a small arrhythmia which is no major worry ~
Not a day should go by where we don't remember that to walk in on a Saturday at 3pm (UNANNOUNCED) and to get all those checks by SIX is phenomenal.
Anyone who doesn't realise this is the most formidable institution in the world is incomprehensibly misunderstanding.
Unbelievable.. AND...the treatment you receive is professional, kind, warm and human ~
What a thing.
#NHS #SAVEOURNHS #LABOUR #FUCKBREXIT #YORK #LUCKY ♥
So after the last 48 hours I feel like I have to post about how goddam lucky we are in this country to have the NHS!
At 10:19 yesterday morning our little baby Caspian was born with the help of I don’t know how many Midwives, doctors, nurses, anaesthetists and care workers. Jo’s labour wasn’t straightforward and at about 7am a doctor decided she needed some help. Within 30 minutes there were 12 amazing and highly skilled professionals In a hospital theatre ready to give her the help she needed to deliver our beautiful baby boy. All this without having to pay a penny. They were all so nice to us and positive all the way through and all we could give them back was the most sincere thank you we could and a card and some cakes!!! I then thought back to when we came for our tour of the labour ward and got frustrated that we had to wait 20 minutes after our appointment time when we arrived!!! Next time you are waiting for an appointment or at a reception in an NHS establishment and feeling a bit frustrated please remember they are under resourced and they could well have had to rush off and help someone like us!
Thanks to all the team at Winchester hospital and post natal ward from the bottom of our hearts from me and @joannarennie who was amazing and is now up and fighting fit like her new son! we are feeling very blessed and can’t wait for you all to meet him #winchesterhospital #nhs #saveournhs