Bedtime With Alex

A month or so ago, David & I decided that the time had come to convert Alex’s cot into his toddler bed, he kept trying to climb out of the cot. So for his safety and our sanity we figured then was the perfect time to move to the big boy bed. Alex’s cotbed It is probably best to give a little back story about kiddo bedtime in the Ogston household. Simply put it has never been as straightforward as one would wish for. We pretty much became the masters of how not to put your child to bed. Every bed time fail possible we’ve done it. Letting him fall asleep in our arms, bringing him into our bed during […]

Positive GP Appointment 

For many people the thought of a GP appointment fills them with dread and anxiety, the fear that they will be judged for their weight or lifestyle choices, prevents many from seeking help from a GP when they are unwell.  I speak from experience.  Until very recently I had never had a positive GP appointment, I always left feeling that I had wasted their time ad resources, that they never really listened to what I was saying, that they were more interested in seeing patients as quickly as possible and getting them out the door.  I have previously written about GPs & Chronic Illness which you can check out here The practice that I was registered with only had 2 […]

How A Dog Helped Complete Our Family 

Until a few years ago I considered myself a cat person, they were the only animal I had as a family pet.  I knew I liked dogs and I was comfortable around them, but had never thought that I would ever have one as a pet/companion.  That was until 3 years ago this October David and I were on our annual family holiday with my parents and friend on Mull. We didn't expect to be coming home with a new addition, an addition that has completed our family in more ways than one. The neighbours to the house we were renting had puppies, they said they were 8 weeks old or so, we had stopped to see them a few times. […]

One Up – Food & Drink Review 

During my latest trip into the Glasgow with my mum, auntie and cousin we went to One Up on Royal Exchange Square for a bite to eat and some adult beverages. We enjoyed ourselves so much I decided to write about our experience.  One Up is situated on the first floor, meaning it’s not accessibility friendly.  It looks small when you walk in, it is in fact surprisingly spacious. With booths at the front of the bar, as well as private function rooms which include a party pod for a private kararoke party, Bar 2 which would be ideal for intimate gatherings and The Club which can cater for parties up to 110 people.  As it’s a burger bar there […]

Fat Girl Walks Into A Gym

It sounds like the start of a joke but it’s not!  I am said fat girl and yesterday I walked into a gym for the first time. (Technically the second but the last one doesn’t count as I didn’t use any of the equipment.) And it wasn’t as nearly as intimidating as I thought it could possibly be.  I was encouraged by my GP to join a gym under a scheme called Active Forth which is run by Falkirk Community Trust. The scheme helps people with many conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, CFS, anxiety and depression to become more active in the hopes that the activity and exercise will help improve the patient’s conditions. The doctor also kept harping on […]

Let’s Talk – Anxiety 

I want to start by saying  that writing this has been the hardest post I’ve ever attempted. Not because I’m ashamed but because I’ve never admitted to myself about having anxiety before let alone spoken about it.  Up until recently I preferred to think that the constant being on edge, fearing the worst and knots in my stomach were normal and that everyone felt them. Something clicked a few weeks ago when I was watching a story on Instagram by Elena Davies she was explaining her own feelings of anxiety mentioning that on that particular night she hugged her daughter longer than normal in case something happened to her in the night, and how her anxiety was what caused those feelings of […]

Chronic Illness 101 – Be Understanding

Dealing with chronic illness isn’t just about medicating and learning to cope with the symptoms that particular illness brings with it, it is also about how their entire life is affected by it.  Such as not being able to plan outings or meeting with friends  too far in advance because they don’t know what their energy level is going to be like that day. Or having to cancel on friends because their symptoms are flaring or they are too exhausted to leave the house. How do you as a friend of someone who is chronically ill deal with this? Simply put Be Understanding! I briefly covered this in my Chronic Illness 101 – The Basics post, and I feel that it […]

Where My Heads At – Life Update 

All week I’ve been trying to write this post about how my latest fibromyalgia flare has affected me mentally.  But I keep stumbling with getting the words out!  Every time I sit down to write my mind goes blank, maybe I’m preoccupied with other issues that are going on at the moment, or maybe I’m not ready to talk about my mental health during a flare. Its hard to remain positive when your experiencing pain and exhaustion that can only be described as excruciating, where nothing takes the edge off, you cannot get out of bed unaided and cannot care for your child.  Your begin to feel completely useless and isolated. This is exactly how I’ve been feeling, this flare has […]

Bus Drivers!!!

Dearest First Bus drivers’ (yes plural)  I am a bus pass holder for visual impairment and have a toddler in a pushchair and I just want to take the time to say thank you.  Thank you for waiting until I was seated before pulling away. Making sure that my pushchair was securely braked and I didn’t bump into the pole meaning I wouldn’t end up with a bruise and sore arm thanks to my chronic condition fibromyalgia…………………..oh wait. That didn’t happen, did it?  No you both were complete wankers and pulled away before I was sitting down. I struggled to get my sons pushchair brake on before you drove away from the stop. And did bang my arm on the […]