Hippeas Organic Chick Pea Puffs Salt & Vinegar Vibes 78g I picked up the Hippeas Organic Chick Pea Puffs Salt & Vinegar Vibes on a whim at a service station. The Hippeas Organic Chick Pea Puffs Salt & Vinegar Vibes are vegan, organic, dairy free, gluten free, and maize free. They’re not exactly IBS friendly as they’re […]
Tesco Free From Popped Potato Chips, Pack of 4 23g each. Tesco, a little bit more seasoning couldn’t hurt! Tesco Free From Popped Potato Chips are milk, wheat, and gluten free! That’s a good way to start by my books. Since I’ve had three gallstone attacks over the past few months, I’ve had to change […]
Earlier this year I came to a realisation – I don’t have the brain capacity to do academia anymore, at least in the capacity I’ve always been used to, and that realisation hurt.
The realisation that I’m no longer the academic I once was came to me when my partner, who knows me well enough to know when I’ve forgotten, nudged me to take my medication … for the fifth time.
Due to my illnesses, my disabilities, and my medication, any energy I have I spend it being in pain, which leaves little to no brain capacity for anything else. On any given day I estimate around 70% of my brain capacity is spent processing pain, and on some days that number reaches around 95%.
8 Ways to protect yourself in the heat. There’s no doubting that it’s hot at the moment, in some parts of England the temperature is up to 35c, and taking into account the humidity, it’s ridiculously hot. In this weather it’s of the upmost important that you protect yourself in the heat – failing to […]
15 Tips to stay cool in the heat. For the past few weeks it’s steadily been getting warmer, and warmer, and now we’re in a heatwave. England is definitely not prepared for this type of heat, and not matter the moaning on Twitter, or the abuse the Americans throw at us for complaining, the heat […]
How to help a child deal with chronic pain. This article is a bit of an oddball, I originally wrote a guide for adults, but then I realised as an adult you can gain other systems to help you, but as a kid you’re defenceless. This article isn’t really meant for children, it’s that those […]
Learning to managing chronic pain without any support. My pain story is long and vast. It spans years of my life, it’s complicated, and difficult. One thing is the sure, I didn’t have much help growing up dealing with chronic unrelenting pain. Most of my family thought I was lying, over exaggerating, and the word […]
How to cope with therapy at home. My therapy space is my living room. For the past six months I’ve been having weekly therapy – with more than a few two week breaks, in my living room. Why? Because it’s utterly impossible to get to my therapists’s office at the moment in time. It would […]
Dear Doctor: When you don’t know what to do. A doctor is a human being, and therefore is fallible. All humans are. However, you wouldn’t think they are by their attitudes, well some of them at least. Normally, or at least it’s normal in my experience, when a doctor doesn’t know what to do they […]
Let’s normalise talking about pain.
Pain sucks. There’s no if and or butt about it, it just sucks. But there’s something that sucks even more – telling people about the pain.
There’s a number of reactions that comes from telling about someone with pain. Shame. Embarrassment. Fear. That’s just a few of them. There’s been more than a handful of times that I can’t talk about my pain, not even on an offhand way, because it effects someone else, it scares them. After I’ve told them more often than not they put it on me to make them feel better about my pain because they can’t deal with it.