6:00am on the 17th of February 2015, here I was one again drinking the vile high calorie drink that stated “lemon flavour” on the front but nothing about it resembled lemon. I was thankful that there was no need for me to have the moviprep again as that thing was vile. I’d slept much better… Continue reading Goodbye stoma, hello pouch!
I started writing this a couple of weeks ago, but it’s taken longer than expected to finish writing it. It’s 6 years tonight (27.02.22) since I found myself in A&E at an Amsterdam Hospital with the worst pain I’ve ever experienced and no holiday insurance. Never in a million years did I think that I’d… Continue reading 6 years on.
As many of you know, for the last 7 and a half years I’ve learnt to live with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, a rare genetic condition that causes polyps to grow in your large bowel mainly. The only treatment is removing the large bowel, otherwise there is a 100% chance of the polyps turning to cancer.… Continue reading Helpful tips on living with a chronic illness
It’s been a while since I last wrote on my blog but felt I needed to write as it helps me and may help someone else in the process too. Over the last few weeks I’ve struggled, and I can admit that now without feeling like I’ve failed, but it’s taken weeks for me to… Continue reading I might not be invincible after all…
Sitting here thinking about the 4th of April 2014, and how I’m grateful that I had no idea then of what was to come. I’m glad that back then I had no idea of what I know now. If I had any inkling about what those five years were about to throw at me, I’m… Continue reading 5 years on and what a journey it’s been!!
I didn’t know what was going to happen or how I was going to get through this complete and utter nightmare, but one thing I did know was, that my life as I knew it had changed and this was going to take some getting used to. As you’ll have come to realise I like… Continue reading High dependency… but I’m low maintenance!!
The 24 hours following waking up in intensive care are a bit of a blur. I was on a lot of medications and pain relief… the best part about all this was the free drugs… I was going to make sure that this continued for as long as possible. As I was now awake I… Continue reading A hole in my belly, you’re having a laugh!!
I could hear faint talking in the distance, initially I hadn’t realised that they were calling out my name, it took a while to register that it was my name they were saying. With each passing second the voices became clearer until I could make out my name… “Christina it’s time to wake up.” As… Continue reading Bloody hell that was a long sleep
My first night back home, well back at Ysbyty Gwynedd, my local hospital went well. I managed to get some sleep, and was relatively pain free. I woke up in the early hours of Sunday morning to an elderly patient trying to climb out of bed, despite not being mobile, she clearly was confused and… Continue reading Meeting Mr Whiteley
28th of February 2016, was a Sunday morning and I was woken up by the sun shining through the window of the hospital room. I hadn’t realised where I was initially, and tried to get the attention of the nurse who was about to leave. I quickly realised that I was unable to speak, for… Continue reading From Amsterdam with love…
After the reversal of my stoma and getting back to work, life was going pretty well. I was adjusting to living with the ileo anal pouch (j pouch) and slowly life became “normal” again and I was able to do the things I’d always enjoyed like going out for meals, drinking (though I had… Continue reading Just when you think life is going well…