ADHD AWARENESS MONTH OCTOBER 2017

ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) awareness is celebrated every October, with events and activities happening all across the country and now, around the world, on the ground and on the Internet, capturing the notice of numerous national, regional and local media outlets resulting in articles, interviews and feature stories.

ADHD Awareness Month is an international movement to educate the public and create greater awareness and understanding about attention deficit disorder. “Our goal is to help women and men learn the facts about this disorder and to dispel myths which keep people affected by ADHD from seeking appropriate treatment,” said (or replace with quote by someone at your business/practice, with speaker’s name, title, practice name.)

October is ADHD Awareness Month. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects children, adolescents, and adults in the United States. Did you know…

  • Millions of people in the United States are affected by ADHD
  • Nearly 9 % of children ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD
  • About 4.5% of adults have been diagnosed with the disorder

ADHD’s core symptoms include problems with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

This year’s theme for ADHD Awareness Month is “The Many Faces of ADHD.” An ADHD diagnosis not only challenges affected individuals but also their families and friends.

That’s why we have joined the movement to raise awareness about the condition.

Consider these facts:

  • Individuals with ADHD experience more challenges in school, at work, and in social relationships.
  • They have higher rates of emergency room visits and automobile accidents, are at greater risk for substance abuse.

The good news is that when children, teens, and adults are diagnosed early and receive treatment, they can lead more fulfilling lives.

I hope you will visit the ADHD Awareness Month coalition’s website at ADHDAwarenessMonth.org, to learn more about this real and serious health condition. The website has a wealth of information to help affected individuals, and their families, cope with the daily challenges of life. While you’re there, click on the calendar of free events and activities that are being held across the country in honor of ADHD Awareness Month.

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Common gripes of pregnancy

Congratulations you’re expecting a little miracle, you are either very very excited or super nervous (or perhaps somewhere in the middle).

Most books you will read will tell you how wonderful pregnancy is and how much you will bloom with ‘radiance’ whilst growing a tiny human instead your uterus. The books hint at some unpleasantries like ‘morning sickness’ but bad news doesn’t sell books. I’m not saying pregnancy is dire but there are a lot of gripes.

Below are some common issues you might have based many pregnant women experiences. I have tried to add some humour to lightened the subject so hopefully this will bring a smile to your face whilst you read.

Indigestion

It might feel like no matter what you eat or drink you’re suffering from ingestion.

Solution: The good news is Gaviscon and Rennie are safe to take during pregnancy as I’ve already mentioned. Again similar advice to trapped wind. Try to eat little but often. The further along in pregnancy the less food you find yourself able to eat at any one sitting.

Burping like a middle aged man

Yep, it’s very common to experience ‘wind’ and a lot of it during pregnancy. Whether your Donald Trumping in bed with your hubby or burping like a bloke after eating a dirty donor kebab and chips. You will inevitability succumb to wind at some point during your pregnancy. Trapped wind and bloating is caused by the hormone Progesterone. This hormone helps to regulate other hormones keeping baby safe. The side effects are it also slows down your digestive system to allow for better extraction of nutrients to your unborn child.

Solution: try to avoid / limit windy foods like beans. Eat slowly and have little bit often meals rather than big ones. Also Gaviscon and Rennie are safe to take in pregnancy.

Constipation Vs Diarrhoea

Not a great movie title but once again a fabulous issue pregnant ladies suffer. One minute you’re desperate for any relief to go to the toilet even it’s it’s just some rabbit pellets in the toilet bowl but then in the next heartbeat it’s like lava pouring out uncontrollably. It’s so very glamorous that every stomach twitch you’re left thinking is that the baby / wind or do I need to run-wobble to the toilet.

Unfortunately there isn’t a great deal of products available to take. You must avoid senna products at all costs during pregnancy which rules out a lot of constipation tablets. Try keeping a well balanced diet with high fibre and avoid foods that give you an upset stomach.

Grapes and not the edible type

If your one of the unfortunate women to suffer from ‘grapes’ ahem hemorrhoids. You can appreciate just how chuffing uncomfortable these can be. Best thing is to speak with your midwife as they can hopefully prescribe you some cream. Probably best to wear soft panties and perhaps made of cotton to help minimise discomfort.

Try not to strain too much when you are on the loo especially if you are constipated. This is how the majority of cases are caused. Straining also puts pressure on the heart and it has been known for people (mostly men) to die whilst straining for a poo. (what an awful image)

The revenge of the eye bags

There is no escape from those dark bags under your eyes (ok there’s makeup!). Early pregnancy you literally sleep for England and wake from 22 hours feeling like the world owes you a favour for lack of sleep. Then pow late second trimester / third trimester proper tiredness arrives. You tend to be shattered during the day for the near constant trips to the toilet that you’ve even contemplated making camp in the bathroom. Yes, I’ve wondered whether turning the bath into a bed would be a good thing or even investing in adult nappies ha-ha. Oh you laugh at the latter but I did find nappies for pregnant women on eBay of all places 🙈

Solution: well apart from using a bit of concealer the best cure is to try and sleep as much as you possibly can. Whether you can get 20 mins at your desk at work or a catnap as soon as you get home.

Remember though towards later pregnancy despite tiredness been common it can also be a sigh of low iron levels. Your midwife will schedule to undertake blood tests to determine your levels around week 28.

Pain pain go away

You might be a lucky woman and not have any pain until the day you deliver. However, for the majority of us mere mortals every day our pregnancy progresses another issue arises. Back ache, leg ache, shoulder ache. Itchy feet, swollen ankles, sore eyes.

Shoulder pain is often associated with trapped wind so try Gaviscon or Rennie so see if that helps. Sometimes (but not always) in late pregnancy shoulder ache can be a sign of early labour.

If you have horrendous back pain you can always self-refer to see a physiotherapist on the NHS. Just pop into your doctors and ask to complete a self-referral form. If it’s really really bad and paracetamol does absolutely nothing depending on which trimester you are in you can sometimes be prescribed Codeine. This is all based on speaking with your GP first.

Leg twitching and cramps

You’ve finally got comfortable in bed after the millionth trip to the toilet. Baby has stopped kicking enough to let you close your eye then pow your leg starts twitching. This is involuntary and can be somewhat painful. (Oh joy another painful thing to endure).

Sometimes this is caused by the way baby is simply laid and other times mineral / vitamin deficiencies. Remember, you’re little miracle is taking practically every nutrient you’ve consumed so you’re left with the bare minimal.

Solution: continue to eat a well balanced diet. Try drinking tonic water before bed this sometimes helps. Cramps can also be helped by adding a little more salt into your diet (don’t pour the entire contents onto some chips that’s not healthy). Avoid sitting with crossed legs during the day. You could also try having a pillow between your knees at night to see if that helps.

Oops I wet myself again

Cannot really see Britney singing this mind but yet another common dilemma. Whether you’ve just literally been for a wee and stood up you might dribble a little or sneeze and wish to god you were wearing a panty liner or some big ass tenner lady knickers. Many people will tell you to do your kegel exercises etc – yeah cheers I already know that but when you have a bowling ball resting on your bladder and you sneeze there is bugger all that kegel exercise is going to achieve at that very moment.

Solution: always wear a panty liner (tenner lady). You can continue your kegel exercises and then again more so after birth. From speaking to some mothers the majority of us get our bladder function back but a tiny amount of us still have issues. Not to panic though that’s why tenner ladies were invented. Don’t let it ruin your life.

Is that a gorilla?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought what the? Yep pregnancy can make hair grow faster. Sounds fabulous for your head but no where else. You might start to see the odd black hair on your chin, a dark line of hair growing on your tummy from your pubic region and then your legs which you only shaved this morning seem to resemble your man’s stubbly beard than smooth skin. It’s like going through puberty all over again.

Solution: if only there was a solution to slow or stop hair growth. Unfortunately, shaving, waxing, epilators are the only method of choice unless you want to go au-naturel of course. There is very little evidence to state whether laser or similar is safe in pregnancy.

Insane sex drive

You might suddenly develop a crazy high sex drive during the first trimester. Sounds great to some but it can be an absolute arse! Your poor partner might back off a tad because they can’t keep up with your ‘come on we’ve only done it 6 times today let’s go again’ attitude.

Then there’s the opposite. You might want sex but it’s becoming uncomfortable. You have your partner enter you only for your lovely unborn child to kick you in the groin (fanny daggers). Honestly until this happens you will have no idea what I’m talking about but let’s just say ouch!

Solution: get it on when you want but if your feeling really frisky and your partners a little out off you may have to do a bit of self love. As pregnancy advances you may have to experiment a little with your sex positions as the good old fashioned missionary position may be a tad too uncomfortable. I’m no sexpert but most pregnancy women swear by the doggy position with a pillow underneath bump for support or alternatively spoons.

Superhuman sense of smell.

Eeeww B.O. No not you personally but your sense of smell goes through the roof to the point were you’re convinced it’s you when in fact it’s the bloke at the other end of the train carriage.

You develop an almost inhuman sense of smell during pregnancy. In the early days this can contribute to your morning sickness. I actually felt sick at the smell of chocolate (my once favourite food). You will also smell things your partner can’t – like the dog which was bathed only this morning still stinks or your convinced someone is stood next to you smoking when their actually over 300 yards away at the other end of the carpark.

Solution: sorry there isn’t one unless you want to walk around with a respirator. Good news it does wear off after pregnancy. For some it’s days / weeks unfortunately for most it can be a couple of months. Some women even find they still love smelling certain things they didn’t before pregnancy like freshly cut grass or painted sheds.

Sick as a dog

Literally sickness or nausea is so very common in early pregnancy.

Then there’s the fact your immune system is next to non-existent. You may feel like you’ve caught every cough and cold going round and your right.

Skin like a teenager

So you had wonderful blemish feee skin and now you’re pregnant. Your skin may become itchy, sore, flaky, covered in blemishes etc.

Solution: invest in a good skin creme for your face. E45 does wonders too for itchy and flaky skin. Alternatively, why not use your baby’s products like Johnsons baby oil after you’ve had a bath followed by Johnsons baby lotion. It’s not just for baby’s it’s great for sensitive skin – I should know I’ve been using it for years.

Headaches and then some

You are more likely to suffer from headaches or migraines

Solution: You can take paracetamol during pregnancy but if you’re looking for a non-medicinal item try one of the following;

  • 4head stick
  • Cool patches
  • Upping you’re intake of water

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article. If you have an issue that isn’t listed please share your pregnancy gripes below in the comments.

Katherine xo

6 Top tips for self managing stress or depression

Are you living with stress and want to know some self help top tips.

1. Notice your individual triggers

We all have little triggers that set us off but to help you manage stress you should try to hone in on what sets you off. Is it the useless printer at work or the way a colleague speaks to you. Find out so you can manage it.

2. List your worries

This is probably an easy task for someone who perhaps kept a journal in their youth. This tip is all about jotting down your worries. If you can see them written down you can look at setting some goals to do something about them.

3. Be better organised

It is true that the more organised an individual the less stressed they become. Start with to do lists and list out all the big and little tasks that you need to do. Start with the most interesting and easy win tasks to help build your confidence up. For example if one task is to clean the house why not sort out one room (or even make that task smaller by just sorting a drawer). Once you’ve achieved that task why not see how long you can keep that room / area tidy then move on to another room. Break tasks down into manageable and achievable goals.

4. Get active

This gets said so often that it goes unnoticed at times. Physical health and mental health are linked. If your physically more active this releases endorphins which are the happy hormones. This can help your overall wellbeing.

5. Have a rest

Your not superman (or superwoman) you don’t need to do everything all at once. As mentioned in point 3 break tasks down into management targets. Don’t be afraid to have a nap at lunch time if you need it. You need to have physical strength to tackle mental tasks.

You should also try and mix up you breaks at work. Can you go for a stroll at lunch time. Read a book in the canteen / staff room? Meet a friend for coffee at the local coffee shop? These little changes in location can have a positive impact on your working afternoon.

6. Praise yourself

It’s a well known fact that society is so focused on bad feedback that we rarely stop and say I did a good job today.

Why not gloat about your achievements – write them down. Give your self brownie points (or gold stars). Don’t feel ashamed if your achievement was something as little as walked from a bus stop one stop earlier than normal. It’s your personal achievement not someone else’s. If you start to look more positively of yourself it will show.

Lastly Get talking

Now this step is not easy! Some people are able to talk to anyone including perfect strangers about their issues. If you’re not one of these people why not look at social media. Could you take to blogging?

Katherine xo

Is it safe to fly while pregnant

If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy you should be able to fly up to 35 weeks. Most airlines will only accept pregnant flyers 28 weeks and over if they have a letter from their GP to show they are safe to travel.

You should be aware of the heightened complications of travelling whilst pregnant:

Before you travel

Before you travel you should double check you are OK to fly via your GP or midwife. You should also check your airline and insurance will permit travel.

Take a look at our Fitness to fly. Download today and take to your GP’s surgery to stamp.

Blood Clots (thrombosis)

Any long-distance traveler (typically journeys 5 hours or greater) are at an increased risk of blood clots. Pregnant women are no exception to this however, there is no firm evidence to suggest pregnancy courses higher risk.

Wearing correctly-fitted compression socks can held reduce your risk as well as getting up and walking around the cabin.

Most pregnant women tend to avoid travel in the first trimester due to exhaustion and nausea. If you feel well then there is nothing stopping you from travelling. I did, I actually flew a couple of during my first and second trimester without any issues.

Multiple pregnancy

If you are pregnant with twins or multiple’s you can only travel up to the first 32 weeks of pregnancy. You will need to complete your return journey before the end of your 32nd week. Again, airlines may request notification before you travel.

Long-haul Vs Short-haul flights

Airlines don’t hold differentiate between short-haul and long-haul flights. Some women just tend to avoid the long-haul flights due to exhaustion.

Tips for travelling on a plane

  • Wear compression stockings
  • Wear the seat-belt under your bump rather than above it
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Pack snacks in your hand luggage
  • Get up as often as you are able to walk around and stretch out your legs
  • Consider reserving an aisle seat in advance (it will help with the toilet breaks and stretching)

Insurance

There is no special pregnancy insurance as most insurance policies cover pregnancy. You may need to read the fine print before purchasing though as there are sometimes clauses with exemptions to IVF pregnancies. Although the NHS classifies all pregnancies the same once IVF is successful.

Airport Scanners

The scanners used at airports use low-frequency electromagnetic field and are considered safe for everybody. There are pregnant women who work airside (the part after security) who use these scanners on a daily basis. If in doubt you can always ask.

Viruses and vaccinations

You should double check with the NHS website regarding vaccinations whilst pregnant. There is some general advice that vaccinations that are safe during pregnancy however, it is always advisable to double check before booking any travel.

Traveling with a newborn

Mother’s who have recently delivered their baby won’t be permitted to travel in the first 48 hours following an uncomplicated birth. If you have had a caesarean or if other surgery was needed than there is a minimum of 10 days with some airlines. It is also advisable to check with the medical staff prior to travelling.

Newborns are to be at least 8 days old before being allowed to travel on a plane. However, check with your airline prior.

If you are going away I wish you a safe and pleasant trip.

Katherine XO

Best foundation and primers for oily to combination skin

Now this is a topic I could go on and on about but I’m only going to focus on foundation and primers. I suffer with hormonal acne and as such tend to have combination skin. I’m also fair skinned so finding a foundation that is right for me is really hard. In the last 3-6 months I have splurged out a several products just to find out what is the best. I’m no makeup artist or skin expert all the below products have been tested by myself.

Foundation

Foundations come in many varieties and range from budget to luxury. The choice you need depends on your skin and the coverage you want. Most acne sufferers want a full coverage and a matt foundation which can lead to become cakey if too much is applied. You need to strike a happy balance when applying foundation to make sure you don’t apply too much make up to look like you’re wearing a mask. You should still be able to look like you when wearing foundation. Most professional makeup artists random the less is more approach. Apply a thin layer of foundation (after a good primer) then touch up the areas needed with either foundation and/or concealer. Always make sure to set your foundation afterwards. I will do another article on powders Vs sprays.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation £29.50
 

The videos on the CT website showed fantastic results. I was immediately sucked in and purchased myself a CT foundation. The packaging it arrived in was really cute and I got some free lipstick samples. The foundation is quite heavy and despite all my best efforts it just looked cakey every time I applied it. I tried applying it with a brush, fingers and even a sponge. The matt finish effect only lasted a couple of hours at best then started to melt off my face.

Lancome Skin Perfecting Duo £38.00


 

Oh lordy what a terrible mistake. I purchased this on a whim travelling back from Belfast. I saw it on offer in duty free and thought oh why not I’ve been meaning to try a new foundation for ages. It comes with the coverage corrector and foundation. You apply the corrector first then the foundation. The corrector was far too creamy and looked awful under the foundation. Not an ideal option for oily or combination skin.

BareMinerals Original £26.50

Avoid avoid avoid if you have oily skin. Just avoid all mineral powders full stop unless you want a cakey complexion. Honestly it is not a good look. It’s a false sense of security, mineral products are good for the skin but not for those with oily skin. It might look nice as soon as you’ve applied but and then added the mineral veil for sealing but within an hour or even walking out the house it will start to fall apart.

CLOSE SECOND: Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction £21.50
 

Now this is an expensive little tube of colour. It is made by skin care manufacturer and is suppose to help your skin whilst covering up your imperfections. It does provide a seamless finish but not that great around big pores.  I would say this was more like an expensive CC cream than a foundation.  It’s definitely a good choice for work if you just want quick fix coverage. It’s best applied with the fingers. Alternatively you could double up your foundations and use this on areas needing more coverage. If applied with a decent concealer brush to the blemishes it does give ok results.

TOP PICK: Boots No7 Protect and Perfect £16.50
 

I was sceptical about retrying this product. In the past when the first colour match was brought out it kept identifying colours that made me look yellow so I avoided it for a few years. I got another colour match and this time I was happy with my choice. Applied with the primer I am getting a near all day wear out of the foundation with only the odd powder touch up.  I get a very oily forehead about half way through the day but a little dab with a towel and light coating of powder solves that. However, nothing will stop makeup melt in 30 something degrees.  I found the best brush to apply this with was the EcoTools Foundation Brush.

LOWEST RATING L’Oreal Paris 24H Infallible £9.99
 

You’ll probably need to purchase two shades to get the right blend. It’s an ok brand but it has down sides such as colour matching. It’s ok as a round the house foundation but not so much for all day wear or evening wear. The light shade is a little too ghost white even on my pale complexion. Eventually goes cakey when you start to go oily.

Primers

The type of primer you need will depend on A) your skin and B) the foundation you wish to apply. Try to have the same base finish for both to avoid your foundation slipping off.

TOP PICK Boots Airbrush range £16.50
 

Works well with the No7 protect and perfect range. There are four choices available depending on the foundation and your skin. I opted for Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer. I tried the free sample pot from my purchase during the boots advantage card points event. It helped my foundation stay put all day. Unlike some primers I didn’t breakout after a couple of hours. I do find that I can only apply primer to my checks and t-zone. If I apply on my chin its irritates my skin a little too much.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil £32.00
 

This primer is enriched with lots of skin loving loveliness vitamins C and B3. It’s also vegan friendly.

Although it is an extremely great quality primer it doesn’t work well with combination skin. It would be lovely on my sister’s skin as she has the odd breakout.

LOWEST RATING BareMinerals Prime Time £22.00
 

Works well with BareMineral products but not so much others. It states that it’s good for combating excess oil and fine lines but it just made my skin oilier and sat in my 11’s frown lines.

GREAT FOR EYES: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion £18.00

This one is great on the eyes, it’s on the expensive side for its size but it does what it says on the tin.  If you have oily skin you really must have a primer on your eyelids. It will help stop your eye shadow from melting away leaving a crease line.

Katherine  xo

My maternity wardrobe

Hello everyone, I’ve had a butt load of comments about how nice (and girly) my maternity clothes are so I thought I’d share with you a selection of items I purchased (and wear regularly). As I am pretty camera shy so stock images will have to do 🙂

When I was first looking at the maternity clothes back in Spring 2017, I was appalled at the options available. It was mainly trousers and tops that just make you look frumpy and figure less. Obviously, I had to purchase a couple of these ‘staple’ items for days when you just want to stop on the sofa with a film and cuppa of tea. For the staples I got one pair of jeggings from matalan and a couple of pairs of black leggings and vest top.

So below is a list of key items that will hopefully provide you some inspiration to move away from the ‘essential’ black trousers and shirt combo for work.

DressesMost of the time I’m swanning around in a maternity dress. Makes it feel like the olden days when all women really wore were dresses. Before pregnancy I rarely wore dresses – despite having a wardrobe full of gorgeous 1950 style frocks. During i pregnancy I have since found my girly roots and now a dress is my absolute favourite go to item – so much so I bought a few. These are the brands I purchased:

Next maternity:

Purchased in the clearance sale during April (£18) and was great for my holiday. I don’t often wear this maxi out and about in Britain mainly just round the house but it’s great for any day time occasion. To be honest add a nice necklace and bracelet combo and it’s good for an evening out with the other half.

4-piece maternity essential kit (£32) with black dress, vest top, skirt and leggings. The leggings and vest are fabulous fit. Well to be honest they all are however, they attract dog hair like it’s going out of fashion. I tend to wear these around the house when I can’t be bothered or having a ‘fat’ day.

Rochelle Humes Maternity

I absolutely love this grey dress (£35) it’s great for both work and during the weekend. At first I was sceptical because it’s clingy but it’s clingy in the right places and shows off your bump nicely. I’ve had my money’s worth out the dress because I started wearing it about 12 weeks (that in between stage where pants fit but don’t).

Well you’ve got to have a LBD in the wardrobe. This off the shoulder dress (£35) is great for evenings or parties. Does feel a little bare on the shoulders and the straps can dig in a little. It’s a good length and floaty so you don’t over heat. Team up with a pair of nude heels for instant glam.

Shirt dress in navy blue (£27). Quite long on my 5ft6 frame and definitely not for early pregnancy. Sleeves can feel a bit tight but good for casual and even work. Only downside it creases so easy! It’s not the most flattering of designs but as your bump gets bigger and fills out the extra material it does start to feel better. When wearing for work it’s great with a pair of black pumps and oversized bag.

Nice white crochet dress (£45). You do need a good white or nude bra underneath as can look a little bare. Good length (mid thigh) nice and floaty and very girly great for an event when teamed up with either wedges or nude heels. I actually wore this to an event at Buckingham Palace and worked really well with a statement fascinator and a pearl necklace.

One of my absolute favourite Rochelle Humes tea dresses (£45). I wear this for work on most days alternating between this and my grey one. It can feel a tad short when sitting down but it’s lovely and floaty and very girly. I tend to team up with a pair of black or neutral pumps and an oversize bag. When wearing in slightly breezy weather best to have a lace jacket or similar just to stop it blowing and you do the Marilyn Monroe scene.

Pink lacy top great for work or an evening. Best teamed up with a pair of black trousers but equally good with jeggings/jeans. Only downside is after a couple of washes the material starts to fray.

Nursing bras

The best bra I purchased is by Emma Jane Maternity available from kiddicare.com £12-£16.00 each black or white. I bought a couple of bras from Next but they dug in after a few hours leaving marks on my breasts. The Emma Jane ones feel nice and soft you purchase by band size not band and cup like some bras. Great feature is you can purchase non padded or padded options.

Underwear

To be honest I purchased some maternity knickers and hated them! I have stuck to my trusty Debenhams basic knickers. Nothing glamours about them but they still fit lovely under my growing bump. I found the over bump knickers very uncomfortable and made my stomach hurt after a couple of hours so I binned them. Also stay away from eBay if something looks a bargain it usually is.

Swimwear

I purchased an all in one swimsuit and a tankini set from Matalan. After comparing the types against various stores I settled on Matalan. I was not disappointed.

The all in one (£16) has enough room to accommodate a growing belly but doesn’t look too baggy in the first couple of months. I purchased when I was 18 weeks as I went on holiday at 19 weeks and it looked fab. Just a shame it can’t give you a peer bottom like the model has (ha-ha)

The tankini (£14 in total) was also a godsend. I love two piece swimsuits and was reluctant because some swimwear items advertised as tankini’s were actually one pieces. This wasn’t, it is a great length and has bands on both sides to make looser as your belly grows. This is easier to get in and out of against the one piece. The top gave good breast support although I haven’t grown as big as some women might.

I hope some of this inspires you to dress up a little more during pregnancy and not hide behind jeans and vests the entire 9 months.

Katherine xo

*prices correct March-June 2017

An Introduction to Fibromyalgia and how it started affecting me pre-diagnosis

My name is June, I am 46 and I live in the North East of Scotland with my husband Paul.  I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of 37 after a few months of tests and discussions with my Doctor at the time.  Looking back I think I started suffering the effects of Fibromyalgia as early as 12 years old but at the time it was put down as growing pains.  I have many memories of struggling to do things in my teenage years and feeling constantly exhausted but I just assumed this was me growing up and that becoming an adult was a tiring job.

Fibromyalgia, for those that don’t know anything about it is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most. And the fatigue can go from feeling tired to feeling exhausted and feeling flu-like.  It feels like someone has pulled the plug or the person hasn’t managed to recharge their batteries and all energy has been used up.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a collection of symptoms and you may have only a few of them or most or them or somewhere in between.

My personal journey with Fibromyalgia has had many ups and downs and a lot of learning curves to cope with as well as many life changes. I have gone from a pretty healthy woman in her 30’s who loved life and loved her job in social care and worked hard at it to a woman in her 40’s who is constantly exhausted, in severe pain 24/7 and has to use mobility aids to get around and had to give up work in February 2016 at the age of 45.  Looking back this wasn’t what I had planned for my personal journey through life but when you are thrown a few curve balls you adapt and change to accommodate them.

I became very ill whilst working as a pupil support assistant at a special needs school in Aberdeen and found that I started suffering from migraines on a near daily basis.  That and finding when I got out of bed in the morning that I couldn’t walk with my feet flat on the ground as it felt like my tendons had tightened overnight so I had to tiptoe around.  Then after a frightening episode in the car when my eyesight went funny and I nearly crashed my car on the way to work, I decided to seek medical treatment.  Previous to this I had had some periods of sick leave from the job I had with a local council and this was put down to depression.  I thought though at the time it was more than that as I was in constant pain and I found that my memory was affected and whenever I returned from sick leave I felt like I had to start again from scratch as though I was new at my job. So I knew something wasn’t quite right and that I needed to explore further.

A trip to the Doctors in early 2008 lead me to explain my symptoms in detail and I was adamant that it wasn’t just depression that I had.  It was a different Doctor I saw that day and she listened and then went and printed off an article on Fibromyalgia and said take this home and read it and then come back in a week.  I read the article as soon as I got home and everything in it described me and how I was feeling at the time.  I had finally found out what was wrong with me and now that I did, I could work out how to manage it.