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Nutrition - Alcohol
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For those of you who read my blogs regularly you know that the last 2 weeks I have focused on stress and how nutrition and eating well can go some way in supporting the body and mind during times of stress. I also mentioned about stimulants in the diet and how these can add to the stress load of the body. I mentioned caffeine and alcohol. It seemed a natural opening to talk in more detail about these stimulants. Loads of people ask me if it is alright to h...

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Of two migrations and an offer you can’t refuse…
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A phrase I use to sum up the big new Welfare Reform benefits:
1.Employment and Support Allowance. 
Hardly a new benefit as we have had to get used to its ways by now. The “news" in this first of the Welfare Reform changes is that:
•“Migration” of claimants from the “old” benefits for sickness is still underway and due to be completed by April 2014. Help and support is there if you are still awaiting your turn. Mis...

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Of April changes and other cuts for Welfare Reform…
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For those of working age there are a number of past changes that may have crept in unnoticed but are increasingly beginning to have an effect on the money you have.  They will have a catchup blog all to themselves but include:
•Changes to uprating – a techie switch in the inflation index used for annual increases. Only a small change in % or pence terms in any one year but this will yield the biggest stealth cut of all, while millions will...

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Of welfare reform in older age.
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Those of you who have been wise enough to cross the threshold of pension age will notice my frequent reference to working age benefits. You may well think that you will be largely unaffected by the bracing winds of welfare reform, as:  
•Retirement Pensions are being protected from uprating changes by a “triple lock guarantee”
•Other non-means tested help (cold weather payments, bus passes etc) are unaffected for now. 
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Hmmmmmmmmmm
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well time is passing and each week/day my Dad loses a little of himself, there is the occasional sparkle and we chat about fishing and he comes to life a little bit more, or when we watched the world motorbike championships on Sunday with my brother, He had a rather good weekend by all accounts and stayed around for around 2 hours on sunday before he needed his oxygen and bed.
He saw his brother and partner last night and when I called there was plenty of...

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19 June 2013 Day 9 After Treatment
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Another bad restless night for me Maureen had quite a good night
 
Up at 0500 took my meds and morphine finally fell asleep until 07:15 then just dozed until 08:15 got up did my bloods, insulin and victoza then made coffee
 
Maureen got up at 09:00 just as I was making the bread and putting a Bolognese sauce into the slow cooker.
Maureen says she had a good night with just a couple of acid attacks and she was awoken twice with the mucus clog...

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Inquesting....:)
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I finally have the date for the inquest and finally the coroner has confirmed cause of death, sounds strange but this I find comforting.  I never realised how uptight I have been over not knowing the true end and I feel that I can now start to make decisions that will make my life a little easier and start to organise myself a little better.  I have started a journal also and whilst I find it very upsetting to write in, it does hel...

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20 June 2013 Day 10 After Treatment
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Maureen had a fair night up a few times with acid regurgitation and mucus clogging her throat, I had a painful night with some angina morphine helped with the pain and GTN stopped the angina.
We both finally go out of bed at around 08:30 I did my usual bloods etc. and Maureen did her mouthwash etc. but the acid is still being a pest and just when you think its settled down back it comes.
 
The morning started of fairly well it soon got progressivel...

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Thought about hospital clothes?
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Does what you wear in hospital affect how you feel about yourself and, possibly even, your recovery?
 We hear a lot about the standard hospital-issued gown, with its back opening, being undignified but wonder whether you feel that wearing it impacts your emotional wellbeing and therefore your ability to cope well with your treatments?
 Would you prefer to wear your own clothes even as an in-patient? Do you, in fact, do so? And if so, what probl...

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21/06/2013 Day 11 After Treatment;
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A good restful night for Maureen and myself I think Maureen slept so well because she was so tired and there was nothing left in her stomach to come back either way.
 
I awoke at 05:30 and took my meds went back to sleep and then woke at 07:45 we both got up I did my bloods etc. and made coffee Maureen took her anti emetics and tried taking the Fastab it wouldn't go through the rig for some reason probably because of the granular residue that doesn'...

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Light at The End of the Tunnel?
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Up at 05:30 took my meds and some Oramorph I was in some pain, Maureen sort of woke then we both dropped off to sleep until 08:00 it was quite a good night for Maureen only waking the once at 05:00 the gaviscon seems to have done the job along with the Domperidone and laxatives I am hoping we might have got the acid reflux under some sort of control.
 
09:45 went shopping for a few bits and pieces and collect some prescriptions for the two of us I a...

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Gaviscon Works
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Maureen had a good night last night apart from me I kept disturbing her because of my spinal pain in the end I took some extra morphine just 10mls about 02:30 which kept me comfortable until 06:00 when Maureen once again woke up and gave me my meds and usual 5mls of morphine.
We both then dozed on and off until 08:00 when we got up I did my bloods, insulin etc. Maureen did her mouthwash stuff took her anti-sickness pills and had a breakfast meal and then ...

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Cancer and Mood....
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It’s a bit grey, weather wise, here today. It got me thinking about how quickly we humans can feel up or down, and the fleeting nature of ‘mood’ in general. By definition, mood is a ‘temporary state of mind or feeling’.Hearing a diagnosis of cancer, and the uncertainty that causes, alongside the impact of cancer treatment itself can create emotional havoc. It’s effect on our mood, and everyone else around us, can be deva...

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just being me
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Now on round 5 of 8 chemo treatment second with with my new hickman line what a difference that has made. Been busy doing the Maggies twilight walk, writing course, stress course and waitinig to go on the art course. Benn able to do some work for my buisiness as well. Did have a hickup last cycle which meant an overnight stay in the hospital but aprt from the that a mince head and being tierd i have been doing well.
 
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One Step Forward, 1 Step Back
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Maureen had a good night's sleep and only awoke once for the bathroom she also woke at 05:30 to get me my meds, I think you all know that I find it almost impossible to move my legs and lower back after lying flat for so long.
 
Anyway, we both had a good night's sleep and got up at 08:15 I did my bloods, insulin, BP etc. Maureen did her mouthwash stuff and then just as an acid reflux episode started shouted for me (well whispered) to take her some ...

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Hair loss
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Hi I'm Lesley 38 my hair has just started to fall out bacause of the chemo I'm having I'm not sure I can cope with this
 
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Nutrition - Tea and Coffee
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This week, as I promised I want to look at tea and coffee as beverages and whether they are suitable to include as part of a healthy balanced diet.We have already looked at some benefits of green tea in the stress blog, looking at its Theanine content which helps us to adapt to stress (see blog link 4th June). Green tea has many other health giving properties and it features in many anti cancer regimes. It contains hundreds of chemical compounds which give...

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Third Good Day?
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Maureen had a good night's sleep again I was the one to disturb her and at 05:15 she got me some morphine and my meds, we then slept until 08:10 got up and Maureen did her Caphosol and other stuff, I did my bloods, insulin and victoza.
 
We had a good start to the day Maureen came back to bed about 09:30 while I was at my desk she had been pottering about for a little while and had a meal but the effort did tire her out.
 
10:20 I went out sh...

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September 2009
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I had also been suffering from stomach aches and other related problems. My Doctor put it down to stress and prescribed anti-acid tablets. He did however also refer me to a cardiologist who, after running some tests, informed me I had angina. It was agreed that I would have a stent fitted once he returned from an extended holiday.
All this was happening at a bad time in my life. My business, a property development company, was in trouble due to the credit...

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Maureen had a good day today
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Up at 05:30 took my meds and morphine and went back to sleep until 08:20 when we both got up Maureen to do her mouth and take meds me to do my bloods, BP, Insulin etc.
 
Maureen had a good night's sleep not waking once and meself well I had a normal night for me some spinal pain and immobility but the usual sort of night.
 
09:17 Maureen has just had breakfast she is still using the rig but has been sipping on a dilute Ribena instead of just ...

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The beginning!
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This isn't really the beginning but the first entry on this blog! Never done a blog before but have used a journal in the past and have thought about this for the last few weeks. My name is Sharon or Shaz to all who know me and my special Mum is called Joyce!! I have two kids who have a great relationship with their Gran and before all this started we saw my Mum for tea a couple of nights a week and for most Sunday lunches. We live ten minutes apart and si...

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OH BOY, SURPRISE!
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We both had a good night's rest Maureen slept through until 05:40 when she got up gave me my meds and then she took some gaviscon for a threatened acid attack we went back to sleep/doze until 07:38 I got up did some stuff in the kitchen and made coffee then did my bloods etc.
Maureen stayed in bed reading until 08:39 then got up and did some sorting out of some stuff before her breakfast at 08:50
 
09:57 We did have plans to go out this morning jus...

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Why the change in PIP?
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The reason why PIP is not getting as warm a welcome as it might amonst advisers and claimants is that it’s main purpose is to save money. Undoubted improvements (DLA was by no means perfect) in some areas are clouded by the Treasury’s expectation of a 20% saving on the DLA budget, which translate into a 30% cut for those of working age given that disabled children and over 65s are being left alone…for the time being… There is a ca...

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What’s changing and when?
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The old benefits are still carrying on: Attendance Allowance remains the disability benefit for those who first claim once aged 65 or over, while Disability Living Allowance continues for children under 16 and those who claimed DLA before they became 65 but who have came of age before April 2013 – they carry on with DLA rather than switch to AA and will not be invited to claim PIP instead.
From June 10th all new claims from those aged 16 to 64 are f...

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Why are disability benefits so important?
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PIP will be joining the family of “disability benefits” which includes Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and their equivalents within the industrial / war disablement schemes.  They are all there to help with the extra costs of living with a long term illness or disability. In the case of DLA and PIP this includes the extra costs of both personal care tasks and getting around, although Attendance Allowance – for those...

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