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Babies vrs The Common Cold.

When they are so little, there is so very little we can do to alleviate the symptoms of illness for them. We have calpol and baby ibuprofen, but that really only helps pain and fevers, when your little one is so choked with the cold they can barely breathe let alone feed or sleep, what do you do to make them more comfortable? The only things I can think of that have been of limited effectiveness is bath/shower room or Snufflebabe rubbed on the inside of the vest/t-shirt/gro…

Does anyone have any suggestions for a 6 month old?

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Cold Virus of Evil

It started with a tickle, then it metastasised and now it’s a demon cold from hell. One that has now taken my poor daughter too 😦 We are a sorry state of a family right now. James started coughing…it’s all down hill from there. I’m feeling very sorry for myself, mostly because I feel so poorly all my activities and fun stuff I had lined up have been discarded into a snotty and dusty heap. I’m in the middle of making wind chimes for Lizzie’s room, I have a couple of my own art canvas projects to start and finish for LIzzie’s room now the glue gun has arrived and a bunch of crafts for halloween to be getting on with and updating you all with but can I find the energy? No 😦 I’m considering intravenous caffeine…PURE CAFFEINE.

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Funtime Friday is a little less fun :(

Today, as you know, is Creation Station day, however, we weren’t able to attend this morning because I’m feeling somewhat rough. I’ve had another flare of my Arthritis and my knees, hands and elbow are hot, swollen and very painful. Not only that, I took my Humira Injection last night (usually on a Tuesday, but can’t be taken when you’re unwell) it was delayed and I didn’t even think about what day today was. Basically Humira knocks me flat on my ass for at least a day, the day after the injection – headaches, nausea, extreme lethargy, the upside is it usually knocks the inflammation on the head, but not this week 😦

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Testing, Testing!

Today I went to test out my hips to see just how they would hold up “returning to normal routine” as suggested by the surgeon. Well, not too bad actually. They didn’t enjoy the sudden stops and starts of the bus, nor too much standing around, but altogether they appear to be somewhat better than how they were, so let’s hope this is something that will continue for a wee while!

Lizzie and I took a wee trip to the shops, we needed to grab some baking powder for a cake I’m going to bake this weekend and a few other odds and ends as well as pick up her prescription of Gaviscon for Infants for her reflux issues (which was way overdue thanks to some messing around by GP and Pharmacy systems – ugh!) We have it now, so back to every feed at last 🙂

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Hospital Day Patient.

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Today was a very frightening day for me, I have severe needle phobia and the procedure today involved a needle stuck into my hip joints with the use of an xray machine to try and relieve the severe pain I endure on a daily basis due to Arthritis, inflammation and joint damage. The lining around my joints it so inflamed the surgeon is skeptical the steroid injections will be of any benefit, but he thought we should give it a go as there is nothing to lose. Once I was on the table and they started, out-loud I exclaimed to the room “What the hell was I thinking agreeing to this?!” It made the nurses chuckle.

The local hurt and the steroid hurt. There were no two ways about it. The nursing staff were excellent, kept me distracted through my yelps and squeezing their hands. Unfortunately I couldn’t have James there with me as he was looking after Lizzie whilst working from home. It was a long wait from 9:30am until 1pm.

I’m not supposed to do much of anything over the next 24 hours, but that’s challenging with a precocious 6 month old who is quite demanding!

Please excuse lack of fun posts, but normality will resume in a couple of days! Look out for our October Competition though which will be announced TOMORROW! 😀

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Treasure Map Craft – Toucan Box

 Today I have what is known among the Biological Therapy users for Auto Immune Diseases, as ‘hangover day’. I take Humira and the jab stings like hell when injected, but the day after just floors you. No energy, banging headache, just feel completely wiped out. The upside is the pain is usually well decreased, so that’s the silver lining of it all, it keeps my disease manageable, just a pity it makes you completely useless for a day or two >.<  However, I haven’t managed any art or sensory activities with Lizzie for day so we decided regardless of lethargy we would make a treasure map!

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Quiet Day.

We had a bit of a down day today, doing not much of anything at all here at The Nook. I woke up this morning having a horrendous Arthritis flare and wasn’t sure how I’d get through the day just me and a demanding 5 month old. James is lucky with his work, or I should say, WE are lucky with his work, they are very understanding of my condition and the amount of help and support I need sometimes (particularly of late) and the nature of James’ job allow him the flexibility of working from home. So this morning he went into work and came home at lunchtime to help out.

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