Airbrushing & Mental Health

Beauty, Lifestyle, mental health, Uncategorized

So let’s talk about airbrushing and photo editing. I think by now most people know that photo editing is EVERYWHERE. From the Amaro filter on your Instagram selfie to the photo shop experts giving people face lifts from the comfort of their office chairs.

And why is this? First and foremost these images are always selling something. Whether it’s a product, a person or a concept they are always trying to make us buy into it. And by choosing not to use real images of real people they are telling us that real people are not good enobeyonce-leaked-unretouched-photos_2015-02-18_23-33-44ugh to sell their products. They are selling an unrealistic and unobtainable image of perfection.

Editors can change images until the subject is completely unrecognisable. It starts with deleting a blemish or two and finishes with elongating the limbs and changing the colour of someone’s skin.

The recent ‘scandal’ was the leaking of some photos of Beyoncé – before they had gone through the digital ‘perfecting’ process.

I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. ‘Oh my god! Beyoncé is a real person with normal skin!’. This is the kind of species we have become. We build human beings up to God like proportions and then we dig away at them until we can bare their imperfections. But the media has made us this way. Before we were constantly bombarded by an incessant stream of millions of these so called ‘perfect’ images of beauty, there were only a few of these big stars and their beauty was considered to be out of the ordinary, special. You can liken it to exams at school. Before the media took over our lives a select few people were achieving an A* in the physical beauty stakes. But now, due to editing, everyone is expected to achieve an A* at all times. Even the so called ‘real people’ in magazines are airbrushed. But now, people want to walk around as a photoshop version of themselves, bathed in photographic spotlight and blurred with a subtle but noticeable filter.

We are consistently told that we are not good enough. But they do this to make us want the products they are peddling. The beauty industry, in particular, wouldn’t survive without an unhealthy dollop of human self-loathing.

“You have terrible skin so you need to cover it up with our new foundation!”

“You’re thighs are far too big, we will slim them down with Photoshop!”

“your face has too many wrinkles, buy these poisonous injections to get rid of them!”

“The model in this advert is beautiful, you will look like her if you buy this!”

I am happy to admit that I love make up and Instagram filters. I enjoy the whole process from purchase to application to selfie. But do I really enjoy it or is the brainwashing so deeply embedded into me that it has become a part of who I am?

Extreme use of image editing makes the world a very confusing place, especially when you are growing up. I remember ploughing through endless glossy magazines and comparing my weight and looks to each one. I knew they had all been edited but it didn’t seem to matter. I would spend entire days looking up what the weight and height of celebrities are and then comparing myself to images I could find of them on the internet. I would vow that in 6 months time I would look like them – but that is not physically possible.

I find this subject really interesting and I could write for hours about it, but I just wanted to get this out there, in case there are girls and boys reading this that are taking drastic measures to look like the images they see in magazines. They are basically just artistic portrayals of what the editor has been brainwashed to think is a beautiful human.

Would love to hear what your comments are on this subject below

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The thing about huskies is…

Animals & Pets, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

…they are amazing animals. For anyone who thinks that they are just another breed of dog, this just isn’t true.

I know we all think our dogs are special. For most people, they become just as much a part of your family as your siblings or parents, and who can forget the loss of their first pet? If we are lucky, it is our first taste of grief and loss, and it is all the more difficult because our pets love us unconditionally and they don’t (usually!) argue back.

I have had other breeds of dog through my childhood, but it wasn’t until I moved in with a pack of huskies that I realised that they were the breed for me.

First of all, I would like to say, this doesn’t mean that I’m saying everyone should get a husky for a pet. In fact, I’m saying that only particular types of people can cope with the demands that these little beauties have.

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  • They are part wild and still retain many wolf instincts. This means that many of them still have a prey drive and will chase and kill small furries like cats and rabbits.
  • They need to stay on the lead. People say that they let their huskies off the lead – and that’s fine for them, they can do what they like, but I won’t be doing it. 9 times out of 10 they probably will come back to you, but that 1 time in 10 their prey drive could kick in and they will just keep running and running (they love to run) and either kill an animal or end up under the wheels of a car – or just plain lost. To me that just isn’t worth the risk.
  • They are escape artists. They will try and dig or climb or squeeze through the smallest of gaps just to escape and then run like mad. It’s just in their nature. They can also jump up to 6ft from standing so anywhere they are left unattended has to be very secure with very high fneces/walls. 941570_10153729949380302_1396387664_n
  • The above also means you have to be very careful when entering and leaving the house – any vigilant husky will spot a gap and go for it!
  • Now, lets talk about the fur situation. They don’t just shed, it comes out in handfuls of dense fluffly undercoat. They have 2 major sheds per year, but if we have weird changeable weather it can just be coming out and regrowing non stop! If you want to own one, make sure you have a good hoover and lots of lint rollers for your clothes. In the height of them shedding you may need to hoover twice a day. The struggle is real.
  • I love them because they are so intelligent and full of personality, but that also means that they can be tricky to train. One day they might pick it up and do it very well and then suddennly they just decide they don’t want to do it anymore. One of my boys, Yoshi, is so stubborn that sometimes we have to actually push him along the carpet to put him out for a wee at night! Other days he moves straight away – I really feel that they are very mood driven.
  • They are incredibly loving, but, they see everyone as a new friend so often don’t make very good guard dogs!
  • They are often very difficult to train to walk nicely on the lead. If you get them from very young and work hard with them I have seen it done, but it is no easy task. They were originally bred to pull sleds very quickly, so they have an innate instict to run and pull. There are different types of lead and head gear you can use to combat this – but NEVER use a choke collar or anything that will hurt them. This is barbaric and cruel, only gentle products should be used like Halti’s or Gental Leaders.
  • They tend to be much happier in a pack or with companionship – it is thought that huskies should really live in at least pairs to be truly content in their surroundings. It is very common for them to experience separation anxiety and stress, bear that in mind when thinking about your work schedule and how much time someone will be at home with them. 12662670_10153347731772765_1211464806935643095_n

If all of those details haven’t put you off then I also have more advice for you. Do plenty of research and please try to adopt from a rescue organisation. There are so many unwanted dogs in the world and the unlicensed breeders are just profiting from this culture of neglect that society has created. If you are considering any pet, please try to consider the impact that will have on your lives and whether or not you can keep a safe and loving home for them for the next 10-15 years. If you can’t then please don’t get one.

Help a neighbour by walking and spending time with their dog. Go to an animal shelter and volunteer your time to help with the animals. But don’t start a life of possible cruelty and neglect for an animal, just because you didn’t take the choice to own an animal seriously enough.

I adopted both of my boys and it was one of the best things I ever did! I adopted Yoshi when he was 10 months old (the white one) he is now 6. Then I adopted Cooper when he was 3 and he is now also 6. They are both crazy fools but I love them so much and can’t imagine life without them.

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Please let me know if you would like to hear more about or see more of my dogs (althugh I won’t tell Yoshi as he is already very big headed) or hear more about huskies in general. Please feel free to leave me any comments. Oh and if you could like, share and follow I would be most grateful – it would be lovely to think that this may help somebody somewhere in the world!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time 🙂

 

Makeup is NOT just for people who hate the way they look

Beauty, The Beauty Edit, Uncategorized

So, people really liked the look I uploaded on Instagram the other day so I said I would blog the products etc.

Now, I would like to add that I am not a qualified make up artist, I have just loved make up since I was a little girl – applying my mum’s products for her, to create different looks. I must have been about 6/7 the first time I remember doing my mum’s make up, it was also fun time that we shared together – which is probably why it is my go to thing to do to cheer me up when I’m feeling low.

People say that make up is only for people who hate the way they look or that they are trying to hide something. I don’t agree. I like my face – I don’t feel it NEEDS to be covered up – I just enjoy enhancing my natural features and having the skills and flexibility to be able to decide what look I would like to achieve today. With make up you can completely change the way people view you and that makes it both an interesting and powerful tool, in my book.

I also find the application of make up to be a mindful process. When I am focused on creating a smooth wing on my liquid liner, I am not able to also think about that call I don’t want to make later or how much the water bill will be. It is also something that feels like an achievement – a moment of success to start me off in a positive way. Creating a groomed look with a perfectly pencilled eyebrow gives me a sense of satisfaction that other morning activities just don’t inspire. I have never felt quietly proud of my ability to pour granola or drink a cup of tea.

Feeling well groomed is also well known to help with confidence. I have days where I don’t wear make up and I’m totally ok with that. If my skin is pretty clear then I’m fine to walk around bare faced – especially on a Sunday. But I do get a sense of self confidence from knowing that I spent a bit of time on myself today, it is well known that being happy with the way you look has a big impact on your self esteem and that translates into how you hold yourself and interact with others. Now if it’s doing that for me – surely there’s no harm in it? As long as it doesn’t become an ‘I can’t let anyone see me with make up’ obsession I would say it is both a useful and enjoyable hobby, just like most others.

I did have a battle with my love of make up when I went through a feminist realisation a few years ago. It seemed to me that if I felt women should be equal to men I shouldn’t be demeaning myself so low as to masking my female features, an obvious symbol of men’s ever present objectification and sexualisation of the fairer sex. However, I now know that feminism is about being the version of femininity that I want to be, whether that’s with hiking boots and mud under my nails or a Chanel bag and ‘sunset coral’ nail varnish on top of them. Sometimes even both at the same time. And that’s the beauty of it.


So this look takes me 15 mins or less to create. It’s very simple and I like how clean and fresh it looks.

So, I start with the Benefit Porefessional Primer – all over but concentrated on the forehead, nose and chin to hopefully prevent the mid afternoon oil slick.

Then Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Deauville – buffed in all over with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Yes, I know Nars is on the pricier side, but once you spend s bit more on your foundation you will never go back – trust me.

Then powder all over with Rimmel Stay Matte in transparent – it might be lower end but I haven’t found a better one yet.

I had tired under eyes and a couple of blemishes that I covered with the Soap&Glory Kick Ass Concealer and fixed in place with the great powder you get with it.

I then did a quick dust of the second from the left brown shade in my Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette around the edge of my face and under the cheek bones for a subtle contour.

Eyebrows filled very roughly with the Loreal Brow Artist Shaper pencil in 04 dark brunette

Applied a little bit of Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadow in Creme De Rose 91 with my finger, making sure it was all blended out nicely.

I then added a flicked out top liner with Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner pen in Black. Now I do this most days so it takes seconds – but if you are yet to master the elusive beast that is the ‘top liner’ then this may take much longer – it used to take me aaaaaaaaages, so I really do feel your pain.

Then I just put on some Ardell Wispies (false lashes). Once again, I wouldn’t recommend putting these on if you are in a hurry and you haven’t had lots of practice with them. I actually find them quicker than mascara – with far less risk of getting black smudges everywhere (if you are clumsy or have shaky ms hands like me). Use your favourite mascara if you would prefer.

Then, just a quick sweep of blusher from my Makeup Revolution Hot Spice Ultra Blush Palette. I use the second one in on the bottom line. A nice, natural, pretty pink.

Lastly I put a bit of Clarins Lip Perfector on in the shade nude shimmer – this is a nice product but I feel its very overpriced to be honest – and mixed it with a little touch of Urban Decay High Gloss Lip Colour Pencil in crush, just to give a hint of pink.

That’s it! Let me know what you think or if you would like any more information. I have set up links for all the products, so you can see what they are and where to get them.

Is there anything you would like me to blog about – if so please do leave comments – I’m sure I can sort something out!

Until next time 🙂

Airport Special Assistance – the return trip

Challenging Situations, Uncategorized

After my, less than enjoyable, experience with Bristol airport special assistance I was very interested to see what the return journey would be like. The Irish are well known for being more friendly and relaxed, Dublin airport did not disappoint. We were able to drop off our bag with Ryanair, no matter how early we were, whereas, in Bristol, we had to wait for a specific time. This meant we couldn’t go through and have a proper meal until much less than two hours before and resulted in us having no time to do anything but grab a snack. 

During our bag drop off (in the separate, fast track special assistance bag drop area) the lady from Ryanair didn’t make me feel like I shouldn’t be using a wheelchair – if she thought it she hid that very well!

The man at the special assistance desk was polite and lovely. He was going to get someone to push me through security, etc. but G was happy to push me so we said we didn’t need any help with it. He checked a few times that we were absolutely sure and gave us well explained, clear directions on where to go and what to do next. 

After getting some food and buying all the relevant bits and pieces, we headed to our gate and the loveliest Irish guy pushed me out to the plane and waited with us until we were allowed to get on. He was chatty and interested in our trip, where we had been etc. 

Bristol could learn so much from Dublin Airport! At no point did I feel like an inconvenience or like they didn’t believe my need for the wheelchair. 

I hope Bristol Airport take my complaint seriously and get back to me very soon. I would hate for someone else to feel the way I did on the way out to start my holiday. 

To see what I wrote about that experience, please take a look at my previous post. 🙂 

Thank you for reading – hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend! 

Bristol airport special assistance – didn’t make me feel very special!

Challenging Situations, Uncategorized

We had just checked in our bags when we decided to head down to the special assistance desk so that we could start the journey through security and hopefully get something nice to eat before our flight to Dublin.

We use special assistance at the airport for a few different reasons, namely –

  • With my MS, fatigue can strike at any time. I can be feeling fine one minute and then completely hit a wall…this is not conducive to a successful airport experience.
  • Standing in a queue in a stuffy environment can also make things worse, let alone being on my feet for that long.
  • Other pain related issues – I won’t bore you with all of the details!

Now, I should say, when we were checking our bag in, the lady was visibly surprised that I had ordered special assistance. She said “you? You are needing a wheelchair?” It just seemed like she thought I was being ridiculous. Obviously, because I have both legs working, she felt I didn’t need one…

Once we had reached the desk, I picked up the phone to call someone down to help me (why nobody mans the desk I have no idea, it doesn’t bode well really). The lady that answered was so rude! She asked if I minded going through security and coming to the second desk up in departures, I replied by asking if that meant standing in a queue for a while. She ‘huffed’ and said “Oh just wait there, I’ll send someone.” What a ridiculous question! I have ordered special assistance because mobility is often an issue for me and then she gets annoyed that actually I would quite like the entire service that is usually on offer!

It doesn’t end there. There were 3 other people there. The woman who came down was rude to all three of them and made us all feel like a huge inconvenience. When she eventually came to speak to us she started by saying “If that woman goes off at me anymore I am going to hit someone I swear” she then went on to tell my partner that he had to push me – even though we had 3 bags that I had to balance on me! She didn’t tell us where we needed to go or how to get there. We had to ask for ourselves. I was really upset and frustrated at this point.

When we finally managed to make it through security and get to the departures office of special assistance – the woman behind the desk didn’t even look at me or make eye contact when telling me the time I needed to get back. People in the office were really unwelcoming and were talking loudly to each other during the time we were in there.

Because of all the messing about we had no time to even get a meal before I had to be back at the office 45 mins before my flight.

It completely ruined the experience for me. Why would they have people completely lacking in warmth or empathy working in that job?

I’m excited to find out the delights that await me when we fly home on Saturday night.

Does anyone else have any experiences with airport assistance?

Planet Organic Haul :)

Food & Clean Eating, Uncategorized

So… I made my 2nd ever Planet Organic (www.planetorganic.com) order last friday (1st April) and yesterday it arrived in all of it’s delicious glory. So I thought I would share with you what I got, what I think of it and perhaps it will help you to make some purchasing choices of your own – if you are that way inclined (I know I am).

First of all – what is Planet Organic?

It’s both an online and real life shop that sells nothing but organic, natural and sustainable products. Everything from cupboard staples to beauty products. I particularly like their range of refined sugar free, gluten free, healthy and often raw snacks. I love shovelling down fresh fruit and veg as much as the next person but there will always be space for sweet and savoury snacky products that I can just grab out of the cupboard/fridge/handbag.

I am also someone (along with my partner G) who loves to create and bake guilt free snacks at home – but there isn’t always time to grease up a baking tin – Planet Organic still makes snacking possible within a clean eating lifestyle, for that, I salute them.

So, onto the good stuff – what I ordered!

Firstly I would like to talk to you about Conscious Chocolate. This is chocolate that pretty much anyone on any diet can eat and comes in a huge range of flavours. Izzy (my awesome housemate) ordered us a few bars as treats a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t believe how good they tasted. Melt in the mouth, raw, indulgent tasting chocolate that you don’t need to feel guilty about. They are sweetened with different natural products, namely agave nectar and rice syrup. Now I try not to eat too much agave, as it does react with your body in a similar way to refined sugar – but when its a few squares of chocolate I’m more than fine with it.

IMG_1755I have tried several flavours, they are all lovely, but G and I love the mint one and the orange one. So that is what we have re-purchased. If you want to try them for yourself I think they are currently still on offer so get on it soon! Click here to find them all.

The next couple of things are savoury items. I have been looking for a packaged bread that has only good ingredients for a while. I’m not into the flax seed bread you can get everywhere, I just don’t like the taste or the texture. I do occasionally eat Genius bread for convenience, but there are lots of ingredients in it that I don’t like the look of at all. So I pic.phpordered the Amisa gluten free rice and flax bread. It has the usual brittle texture of healthy GF bread – but it has a lighter, less dense texture and I really enjoyed it toasted with cashew butter and honey. Definitely give it a try if you are looking for something similar.

Next are the, very yummy, Fiorentini organic buckwheat cakes. ThIMG_1752ey are kind of like rice cakes but have a slightly firmer consistency – I had them with butter after yoga today and really enjoyed them. Great for a packed lunch. They are on offer so if you want to try them, now is the time!

I also ordered some other healthy chocolate from Loving Earth, a really cool company who I believe are based in Australia. They make it according to an indigenous Mexican recipe and it really does have the texture of regular choclate. I have tried the Caramel one and the Mint one so far and loved them so much I thought I would by a few mini bars in different flavours to see if they are all as good! Click here to see the range that Planet Organic sell. IMG_1756

Last but not least is something that my housemate and I have been gagging to try for ages. Livias Kitchen is a foodblogger that has made a range of shortbread bites that were being sold in Selfridges and are now available here on Planet Organic (!!) The millionare shortbread bites are so nice! Seriously, give those a try. I got one for me and one for Izzy. We have both already eaten half of them. We definitely want to try the orange ones next.

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Well, I hope that was interesting and helped you make some future purchases. Let me know if you have tried any or found any beauties of your own.

Until next time 🙂

 

 

Update on Copaxone (3 a week)

Drugs and medication, Uncategorized

After I had my last jab of the week on Friday it did swell up and bruise a fair bit – but I tend to find they always react more on my thighs for some reason. 

By the next morning the bruising and redness had gone down and only a sore lump remained. It stayed there for about 24 hours and then pretty much disappeared. So that’s nothing too bad. 

I did find I was extremely tired and sleepy when I woke up the next morning. I ended up going back to sleep for 3 hours as I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I’m hopeful that this is just a symptom caused by my body getting used to the new dosage and that it will even out eventually. 

It was so nice not having to think about injecting over the weekend! I felt pretty good too. So here’s hoping it continues to be a good change for me. 

Have you made the change from daily to 3 a week copaxone? How are you finding your medication? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂 

Thanks for reading!  

 

A day of baking – Deliciously Ella style…

Food & Clean Eating, Uncategorized

So, as I said in the first post on this blog – I want to document

some of the incredible food discoveries I make while continuing to strive towards a very clean and healthy diet.

Since then my partner, G, has got massively on board! He isn’t as strict with the level of health in his diet that I am, but then he doesn’t need to be as he has good energy levels regardless of what he eats. But lately he has really got into making beautiful food and snacks from my different cookbooks – and obviously I’m not complaining!

I may have also got him to become a contributor to this blog so that he can share his amazing creations with the world. Watch this space!

The other day we had a rare 100% free day together and decided that we would spend it baking. Gluten free, refined sugar free baking – ofcourse.

Delicously Ella is my favourite food blogger and has such an amazing array of delcious (funnily enella book 1ough) recipes that are vegan, gluten free, sugar free and full of flavour. After I eat her food I feel healthier, full and satisfied. You may think that is impossible but it just isn’t. If you want to do 1 thing today to change how you eat and feel healthier, buy her first book and get in the kitchen – I promise you will not be disappointed.

My housemate, Izzy, introduced me to her 1st bookac  ouple of years ago and I have gradually assimilated her recipes into my every day repertoire.

You can order it from Amazon here.

Your body can thank me later.

Ella is a big advocate for convenient, speedy breakfasts that are high in energy and goodness. This article kind of explains this a bit more.

Recipe 1 – Banana Breakfast Bars, from her 2nd book ‘Deliciously Ella – Every Day’

These are so easy to make and are petty much foolproof. Just whack all the ingredients together, cook, cool and eat! They taste like little chewy, sweet porridge squares – almost like a flapjack but with a smoother consistency as you are using rolled oats rather than jumbo. The only thing that can make it a little tricky is that you have to wait for the bananas to ripen before you can use them. Luckily, I had a load of almost black bananas so this was not an issue.

I just used a standard brownie tin. They came out the perfect thickness. The mixture did initially look like it may not fillt he pan, but it just needs spreading about and it gets there in the end.

They were a big hit in the house, Izzy and G were very insistent that these become a regular feature on the baking schedule!

 

Recipe 2 – Courgette Banana Bread, from the same book as above.

I think people so often find the most difficult thing about going gluten free/clean eating is the lack of decent bread that is actually good for you and not full of weird chemicals and preservatives and a hell of a lot of sugar. Look out for this stuff in the GF breads in the supermarkets – often the entire GF range is full of sugar and incredibly bad for you. GF does not always equal good for you, I’m afraid.

I have tried a few diffferent homemade bread recipes of thisna ture with varying degrees of success, this was probably the best. The only issue I had with it was that, because of how much ovens differ from each other, I needed to leave it in for an extra 5 to 10 mins as the very middle was still a bit soft. However, when toasted it was crazy delicious! I have had it with nut butter, honey, butter and every time it is so tasty and really filling. After two slices I can’t eat any more. And they aren’t exactly big slices – I used a small loaf tin and it was the perfect size.

I tend to get my ingredients from Ganesha in Axminster, it’s literally a godsend for a small town like ours. It has all the different flours etc. that are needed to make this kind of food. Most of the ingredients from Ella’s books are easily obtainable from local supermarkets and shops but if you are stuck then it can all be found online. I love websites like Wholefoods and Planet Organic. But, if you know what you need, Amazon and Ebay can also be really helpful – especially for a bulk amount of something.

We have tried lots of other recipes over the last few months and I will be trying to get as many on here as I can – if there is anything you would like me to find and try then please leave a comment, I’m happy to help if I can!

Also please do let me know if you have tried any great recipes or ingredients or books or youtube videos or whatever! I’m always looking for new food inspiration.

Please do follow, like, share if you would like to see more of this kind of stuff.

Hope you are enjoying life, whatever you are doing.

Until next time! 🙂

 

 

Copaxone

Drugs and medication, Uncategorized

I wanted to write this post as when I was doing my research on the 3 a week copaxone I couldn’t find very many ‘real people’ talking about the experience of changing from the daily one. I’m going to try and document as much as I can about my experience of it and hope that someone, somewhere finds this and it helps them to make their decision. I know it can be a bit scary messing with your meds and posts like this would have really helped me take the plunge. 

Since I was diagnosed last year I have been taking daily, self administered injections of Copaxone. I began by taking all of my drugs in the morning and, to be honest, it felt like a lot for my body to cope with in the morning so I switched to doing it at night in bed. This has definitely worked better for me. It means I can rest with the pain of the injection rather than needing to run around and get ready for the day.

People always say ‘I couldn’t do it’ or ‘I don’t know how you do it’ – but if it was the difference between being bed bound or not, then I believe you will learn to do most things – including stabbing yourself with a needle. I took to it pretty well, to be honest. The fattier parts of my body are almost painless to inject into – so I have found a new love for my muffin tops and belly! However my loss of appetite (that’s another post entirely) and my need to stick to a very healthy diet is shrinking those parts – I’ll let you know if that changes things!

So far (after 4 months) I feel like it has had a positive effect and hasn’t caused too many side effects. To begin with I used to get painful raised lumps that stayed there for days, but my body seems to have found away of minimising these skin reactions to the odd sore lump or a bruise.

Recently, my MS nurse told me that a 3 per week version had been developed and we agreed I would move over to this ASAP and see if it worked better for me. The prospect of only having to inject 3 times a week was an exciting one! Weekends with no jabs! (These are the kinds of things that excite me these days 🙂 )

So, they arrived on Wednesday and  I was advised to start it straight away and dispose of the surplus daily syringes with my drug delivery company. I have to say that it was a little bit more painful and stingy – but nothing particularly very bad – and the soreness has stuck around a bit longer but it really is only minor and isn’t causing me any problems.

THEN last night (Thursday) I didn’t have to inject before bed, and I know it sounds like such a minor thing but it just felt so great to be able to take my other pills and just get straight into bed – no faffing about with a needle!

Because my partner is one of the most supportive people on the planet and likes to make a fuss of any achievement we have, however small, we are going out to my favourite healthy restaurant tonight to celebrate this change of regime! It really does effect both of us as he always stays up with me so we can count the 10 seconds before I am allowed to take the needle out – it’s sort of become one of those couple traditions that occur over time in a relationship. The restaurant is called Tierra Kitchen and it’s in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to subscribe, follow, share with anyone you think may find it useful and feel free to leave me comments or share your own experiences.

Until next time! 🙂