Expectations in End of Life Care

Cathy Rentzenbrink describes quite openly in The Last Act of Love (1) that we would go above and beyond the call of duty to hold on to our loved ones, we would do whatever is necessary despite the outcome. Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh (2) explains that sometimes the act of saving lives in such catastrophic circumstances…

Identifying and Improving Mental Health in Lung Disease

Submission to Psychreg Contemporary research has proven many times that exercise is a favourable way in which to improve our mental health as it assists in reducing stress, anxiety and depression as well as to improve our cognitive function and increase our self-esteem. But if we were to be dealing with a progressive lung disease…

Autumn Reads, 2017

In my spare time I’ve become a bit of a bookworm, something that has been absent since I was a young girl thanks to the introduction of technology. However, in recent months I’ve found a certain selection of books that have inspired me to get back into reading so thought it rude not to share…

Goodbye Summer

In the blink of an eye, the leaves have changed, the sun is dropping lower and the temperatures have stalled. Summer is leaving us behind but Autumn, like a true friend is bringing warmth and homely comforts to tide us over as we lose the light in favour of the dark. Bright pastels become deep…

Swimming Pools

What a weekend! A Bank Holiday WITH sunshine? I mean, Britain does not usually deliver unexpected heatwaves, particularly on an August Bank Holiday so it was lovely that the sun was shining on the weekend we happened to go away. Meeting as a whole family unit is complex as on one side there are two…

Sobbing in Ikea

Yep, that happened. Today in fact. Grief is a funny old thing… As ever it bounded upon me like a frantic puppy having just been released from its pen. Earlier I felt a bit choked driving down a country lane and suddenly had yet another realisation of how much I missed my Father. I was…

The Path of Grief

What helps you get through grief? Well, there is no one answer. I’ve had days of feeling a tremendous burden on my heart that my blood feels sluggish and getting out of bed just isn’t an option. Then there’s moments of rage, irritation and anger that you’ve been left behind as your precious loved one…

Friday Drive

So, the blog has taken a bit of focus on what occurred for me and my family during my Father’s final weekend which of course was distressing. We were unprepared as to what would come and lacked knowledge and guidance on what was available to us, but also to him in his final days and…