Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Spotlight - 28th September 2014

In my life this week…


When I had my operations at the beginning of this year, I had to stop driving. Unfortunately, since having my operations my health has been pretty bad and I have never managed to get back to driving myself around, which I’ve really been missing. On Monday, my Mum had a hospital appointment and couldn’t take me to college, so I decided it was time to try out driving again. I’ve done a few smaller journeys already to build my strength up a bit and thankfully managed to drive myself to and from college. I’m getting right back into it now. It’s hard, I’m not going to lie, but it also gives me some more independence, which I desperately need at the moment. I’m hoping that the more I drive, the easier it will get and the stronger my arms and legs will get.

Low FODMAP diet

On Friday I went to my local hospital to see a Dietician. I was a bit concerned about the appointment because whenever I’ve seen a Dietician before it’s been to talk about how I can put weight on, in relation to my eating disorder. However, this time I don’t need to put on any weight, and I had an appointment to discuss something called the low FODMAP diet. My gastroenterologist has recommended that I try this diet because it’s been shown to be beneficial for people who experience severe IBS-style symptoms. As well as having IBS symptoms they also think I have delayed gastric emptying and I’m waiting to see a specialist in London for further investigations, but I thought I would try this diet while I’m waiting. There’s a lot to take in because you have to cut out a hell of a lot of foods – I’ve been given two booklets full of instructions about what I can and can’t eat! I’ve got to spend some time planning my new meal plan and then I can get started with it. If you’re interested to know more about the diet and how I get on with it, I’m thinking of writing a post of two about it, so let me know if that’s something you would like to see.

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Coffee with an old friend

Yesterday I met up with an old friend for a coffee and some lunch. We’ve known each other since we were at pre-school and her parents live just down the road from mine. Over the years we’ve both been through a hell of a lot together and have always stayed close, but sadly not when it comes to location. I’ve stayed living with my parents, whereas my friend moved to London to start an amazing job. We’ve kept in touch via text and have visited each other on occasions, but I do miss having my friend live so close by. So, when I got a text at the beginning of the week from my friend letting me know she’s coming back for the weekend, I quickly made a date to meet up for a coffee. It was so lovely to catch up again – I love how we just slot right back into conversation like we had never been apart. I’ve got a few close friends who live far away from me and some days I just wish we could all live in one little estate again, but then I think being apart from each other makes me appreciate them so much more.

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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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