Everyday Champions: Nurses of the NHS

Hello, you!   Well, this hasn’t been my finest of months… From mid April I’ve had a stabbing pain in my lower right stomach – after being seen by MANY a consultant ‘is it the appendix?’, ‘is it her ovaries?’, the assumption is that I have a pelvic infection – and so begin two weeks of antibiotics and heavy painkillers. My immune system is practically non-existent so I’ve had a fair few infections in my merry time, but I’ve never known anything like this. Given that doctors couldn’t work out exactly what was causing the pain, even after multiple scans, I was in hospital, discharged and readmitted three lovely times in ten days – demanding painkillers left right and centre.   Notice my snazzy space pyjamas out in full force;)   Now, this isn’t a ‘break out the violins’ post – it’s been horrific but people battle far more troubling illnesses and I, by no means, feel like I’m the worst off. Instead, this post is to talk about the absolutely WONDERFUL nurses I was treated by – the champions of care and kindness. I understand that some people think the NHS is pretty shambolic at the minute, and with waiting times… View Post

Lord knows how to start a blog…

Well, hello there, I’ll be honest with you… I have no idea how to a blog. Probably not the best sentence to inspire confidence but it’s a start! I feel introductions are always a safe bet, so… My name’s Sophie, I’m 19 and I’m from Nottingham (did you hear the distant cheers in the background?) I’m a great believer that sometimes in life, the smallest things make the biggest impact. It is a lesson I learnt through a long period of illness, suffering with a sleeping disorder (Chronic Insomnia), Anxiety, Depression, Asperger’s Syndrome and a chronic pain syndrome (which means I’m in pain all the time) – quite the list, ay? Though my sleeping disorder is in the past, I still struggle with bouts of anxiety and depression intermittently but struggle with Asperger’s Syndrome and my pain syndrome on a daily basis. Not to yack on about my own problems here, just want to provide some background knowledge. I would hate to give the impression that I’m one of those people that tells someone with Clinical Depression to ‘just smile’ – it isn’t that bloody simple! When you’re going through a rough patch, people will often tell you to make… View Post