Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday Spotlight - 16th November 2014

In my life this week…


As I mentioned in last week’s Sunday Spotlight, the specialist I saw up in London put me on antibiotics. They are pretty strong and because of this I have been really unwell this week. I seem to be spending a lot of my time attached to the loo or a bowl, and although I have managed to get into college, there have been quite a few times where I have nearly collapsed. It’s been quite scary feeling even more unwell and I have been quite tempted to just stay in bed and hide away from the world. The frustrating thing is, that despite doing the low FODMAP diet and taking these antibiotics, my digestive problems aren’t getting any better. I’m struggling to eat enough food so am thinking of speaking to my doctor about the possibility of having some kind of supplement drinks to help me on days where I struggle to eat enough. I’m just hoping when I stop taking them tomorrow and start taking my probiotics I might start feeling a bit more like my normal self again.

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More Disney DVDs

I’m afraid I’ve been naughty again. I might have, accidently of course, bought a few more Disney DVDs to add to my collection! I just couldn’t resist. The Rescuers Down Under was only £3 and it had the gorgeous limited edition cover. I then decided I could justify making up my spending to £10, so I bought The Jungle Book for £7. And then I found Beauty and the Beast for only £9.99 in Tesco, compared to it being £19.99 on Amazon, so I couldn’t say no! I’m doing pretty well with my collection, and the more I get the more I want to get even more so I can finally have the whole collection of 52! It’s getting rather addictive, but I can think of worse things to collect.

Bournemouth University

Yesterday my Dad drove me down to Bournemouth so we could look around the University. If I’m honest, I had only put it on my list of Uni’s to make up numbers, but now I’m definitely confused as I actually took a real shine to it. The talk about the course was given by a lovely Occupational Therapist, who brought her guide dog in with her. I talked to her afterwards and she was the first person who has truly made me feel that my disability shouldn’t get in the way of being an OT. We also talked to Student Support, who were brilliant, and the accommodation people, who bent over backwards to try and help us find the right thing for me. Compared to other University’s I’ve been to, I just felt so supported at Bournemouth. The staff we spoke to were all so friendly and welcoming and really put me at my ease. I’ve now got to have a think about whether going to Bournemouth is going to be feasible. I know that, to do this course, I’m going to have to live away from home for some of it, because there are no Uni’s close enough that do the course. But I’m just wondering if Bournemouth will be a bit too far. I will be applying for DSA, can get a studio flat for the same price as a normal room under the Disability Discrimination Act, and am also looking into applying for Direct Payments to possibly get a PA to help me. So I just need to decide whether having this help and support will be enough to mean I can live safely, without jeopardising my health.

What has grabbed your attention this week? I love hearing about people’s new discoveries and you may end up sharing something that makes it onto my list next week!

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