love your body.
OK. First piece of advice illness or not. Is your smile and your heart are the most attractive things about you. And though it's hard to stay cheerful and jolly someday's you really must try.
Not only for yourself but the people around you.
And although this isn't great for your poorly bowel, there really is nothing better than a cuppa to make you feel better (or a cheeky glass of wine) . Suffering for it 10 minutes later or half way through those perfect sips of tea are not ideal however.
Now I don't know much about you guys yet, but there wasn't a day that passed by where i didn't have a hot water bottle latched onto my tummy. I felt this really helped me here's a few things I tried....
A few options I tried were:
Manuka honey 15+ now although effective in some ways, it can be very expensive, and not always work for everyone. Including me. But i read an article by a lady who it worked wonders for with Crohns. So how amazing is that! It could work for so give it a try.
Aloe vera juice, This worked incredibly well for me for such a long time that i even stopped taking my medication for it too, just to see if it really was the aloe vera working its magic. And it certainly was. Until about 4 months in and the inevitable, flare up. GREAT.
Flax-seed oil was another one of my mothers ideas, as I'm sure all your families have tried countless things to help you too. Flax-seed is great for your body and my hair never felt so good, but eventually I couldn't handle two teaspoons of gloopy oil everyday and night, if you have a strong stomach i definitely recommend it.
Books, books and more blooming books!
So my husband and i ordered hundreds of recipe books, literally hundreds. And even now I follow a lot of the recipes we discovered, they are not only wonderful for your tummy but they are healthy and fun to make too. Luckily they are all so easy to find and so cheap, amazon and eBay being my favourite searches for these special dietary books. If your not eating much from being completely bloated and always suffering from nausea they can be great recipes for building your appetite back up.
As most of you will have found, blood loss is a common part of having either crohns or colitis, which can make you anaemic, Which then causes a lot of other symptoms such as tiredness, being lethargic, constantly cold or just feeling absolutely terrible all together. Now if, like me, your a vegetarian you may suffer a little more than others who eat red meats, There is so much rich iron in Beef, Lamb and other red meats which is easily absorbed by your body. And the liver, kidneys and even hearts of these meats are particularly high in iron. So I definitely recommend these.
Spinach also contains vitamins A, E, C, and iron, this will help in improving your body all round. Half a cup of spinach contains 3.2 mg of iron. which is so good for your anaemia.
And if your like me and LOVE Honey then you'll love this. Honey is perfect for your entire body, it contains a good amount of iron and also contains magnesium and copper which increases the haemoglobin in your body.
One more thing that isn't so much a tip to try and make you well, but it's having a hobby. My hobby is making my paper flowers. They are easy and fun to make and if your crafty it's the perfect distraction to take your mind off your pooping! And it doesn't involve going anywhere from home. So again you have no trouble being confident and happy in your little bubble at home. If you have a hobby that keeps you busy, do it. Because it could be one of the little things that keep you going. Just like mine did, I don't think we realise how strong and brave we all are with this disease until we actually think about how we have coped for the last few years.
If you would like to have a go at making my flowers i will send you a diagram on how.
And my last piece of advice for now, is be happy and comfortable with your specialist. For most of the years I had UC I was thrown around like a rag doll, constantly seeing different consultants, who all had different opinions and options for me. This however all changed with my last specialist, not only was he a nice and easy going man to talk to, he LISTENED, and he most certainly did everything he could in his line of work that made me feel i was getting somewhere with every new treatment or test. I strongly believe that is something to be really effective when you suffer with something so degrading and stressful, I thank my lucky stars everyday for being his patient he has given me the lease of life i have now.
So one thing I've started using recently is The body shop's aloe Vera body butter, Not only has it practically made my scars disappear from the operation it's also helped my rash out around my stoma tremendously. I'm all for trying new things and seeing if anything will help, but this has worked miracles, if your like me and your happy with a certain type of bag but it irritates your skin then I recommend this miracle pot, that is ONLY £14!!! Bargain. I use the sensura mio bags, I love the fit, I love the style and even like the colour, but recently I've been getting rashes, too many and It's been so painful and sore, I tried a few other bags and they cleared the rash immediately, but I hated the look, they were SEE THROUGH!! and emptying them was a nightmare, flimsy, horrible and just annoying, and sorry to say..... I felt so unclean. So instead I've started using this cream and it has worked wonders, if your happy with a bag and this happens to you, just of an evening change your bag over clean it well, and dab a little bit of it around the sore areas, let it soak into your skin, allow drying time, if you can wait long enough I sit with a pot underneath to catch anything that may come out, and just let the skin breathe and the cream work it's magic.
I will keep uploading new tips and advice to my blog, so please keep checking.
And any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to message me or comment.