Costochondritis – How It Really Feels. 

If you're an avid reader of this site, it is no secret that I have a few chronic conditions that have plagued me for several years.  I have spoken several times about my various illnesses which you can read about in My Chronic Illness & My Story.  When I mention one illness in particular many people have never heard of it, they don't know what costochondritis is or what it really feels like when you are experiencing what can only be described as a debilitating pain that feels like you could possibly be having a heart attack. What is costochondritis?  Basically put it is an inflammation in the wall of your chest where the ribs connect to the breast bone resulting […]

My First Social Prescribing Session

I mentioned in my "Lets Talk – Anxiety" post how I had been dealing with a particularly bad bout of anxiety which forced me to seek help from my GP which was a great experience so much so I wrote about it, which you can read here.  At the appointment I was offered a referral to see a counsellor to talk about my problems with mental health focusing mostly on my anxiety.  I didn't expect to get an appointment this quickly but on Monday 31st July I got a message to say there had been a cancellation and asked whether I could make an appointment on Wednesday morning.  Of course I said yes.  It wasn't until I got to the appointment […]

Starting Over 

In my previous blogging life I could be found at www.memoirsofachronicchick.co.uk, which in the 7 years I had the account there was a few reincarnations both in name and design.  But it wasn’t working for me anymore. I felt that I was walking a baron wasteland struggling with my writing identity. I was trying to emulate the bloggers that I loved and wanted to be part of their communities but I don’t have the time, talent or bank balance to be posting what they posted on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. So what’s different over here???? Honestly? I don’t really know, but what I’m hoping for it to post what and when I feel like sharing.  On my previous […]

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 […]

Depression Fucking Sucks 

I wrote this on my personal Facebook page. I wanted friends and family to know what’s going on with me or others who suffer depression. I feel that I need to share it to a wider audience that depression fucking sucks. Some folks might not want to hear or read about mental health but it is a fact that it exists and is sucks. We need to speak more openly about it without fear of being judge or told to cheer up or buck up. If it were that easy there wouldn’t be so many people suffering mental health issues. Some people don’t understand that even though you have a wonderful family you get depressed, you can’t explain why your […]

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. […]

Peppa Not Allowed Here!!

Peppa Pig the popular show aimed at preschoolers, seems to have become an entity of its own, the show airs on 3 separate channels here in the UK and is popular worldwide.  With a multi million pound merchandising business including DVDs, toys and its very own theme park.   You would think because of this it would be a good, decent, educational show that you would happily let your little person watch? Well not in this house as David & I have made the decision that Peppa is not allowed. The burning question you are probably asking yourself is, why? why would you prevent your toddler to watch this much-loved kids show?  Well let me tell you, after discussing the […]

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 […]

Chronic Illness 101 – But You Don’t Look Sick 

The old cliche of never judging a book by its cover springs to mind when talking about chronic illness. Many people I know who suffer from a chronic illness don’t show signs of being ill, they still look like themselves. Which is the reason many of us have heard the comment “but you don’t look sick!” How exactly are we supposed to look? Should we be covered in sores and oozing puss? Should we be grey in colour? Should we have an appendage falling off? Or perhaps having a flashing neon sign that tells you what illness it is we are suffering from??  This and “if you get out or exercise, you’ll feel better” are a few of the most […]