Friday, 9 December 2011

Looming Deadlines, IBS and Room Decorating

It's that time of year again, Christmas is coming, those uni deadlines are looming and of course I have not posted for a while!

I have been working away on my uni projects, along with a couple of other little projects aside from uni. I can't wait to post some of these up once I have handed all my work in!
In the mean time, I thought I would take a little break from my work to update you a little on what's going on in my life at the moment. 

As some of you may know, I am suffering with IBS (it has nearly been 10 years now!) and it has recently been getting to the point where it is getting in the way of my life. I have been back and fourth to the doctors getting different prescriptions and sent to the hospital for a number of different tests and nothing has really helped. So my last resort has been to go to a homeopath. I know a lot of people have reservations about the effectiveness of this remedy, but as a last resort, I have put aside the negative view on it and tried to see if it would help me. After a long chat with the lady about my symptoms etc. she gave me some little tablets and a list of foods that I need to avoid as they may be causing my IBS symptoms to become worse. 

The foods that I am to avoid are: dairy (cow's dairy), wheat, yeast and citrus fruits. I have been on this diet for just over a month now and have seen marked improvements in my symptoms, I am not sure if the tablets have helped though! 
Unfortunately, I have also noticed that it's not just food that is affecting me, stress is also a huge factor. I have found that days that have been full of stress, for one reason or another, have sparked off my IBS symptoms, regardless of what I have eaten. So, I think the next step is to seek out some stress management and get on top of this finally!
I am going to carry on with avoiding the food that affect me and I hope over Christmas the stress will calm down a bit.
It sounds silly, but I have reached the point now where I am scared to go out, through fear of my symptoms starting off and not being able to get to a rest room. Obviously the anxiety over this apprehension causes the symptoms, making it a vicious cycle that needs to be broken some how or it's just going to get worse and worse! 

In other news, I have been having a little creative fun with the fireplace in my room. Here is a little picture of my efforts. :)

Having the fairy lights in the bird cage (yes, it's the one featured in my Bird Cage Antics post) makes it look as if there is a real fire, making my room feel very cosy. :)

I hope to post something a bit more interesting next time, after (hopefully) successfully handing all my work in! :O

Love Julie xx

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