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Can A Peg Cure Your #Migraine?

Posted on 9th June 2016 in health

PegYes, you read that right – a peg. A humble, cheap, readily available peg!

A colleague of mine recently told me of a time when she had to attend an important engagement but awoke with a horrendous migraine with slurred speech and couldn’t even sit up to take her medication. Out of desperation she asked her husband to google ‘magic’ cures and he discovered a claim that placing a peg on your ear lobe will reduce a migraine.

Sure enough, he placed the peg on her ear and within 10 minutes she was able to take her medication and have a shower. She says the migraine hadn’t gone but it had subsided sufficiently to allow her to function. She was able to attend her engagement and attributes this entirely to the peg, which, incidentally, she kept on for the whole day skillfully hidden under her hair!

Another colleague of mine claims that a daith piercing has cured her migraines completely. Prior to having the piercing done she was experiencing daily migraines and the Dr had referred her for a brain scan but since having it done she says that she hasn’t even had a headache, let alone a migraine.

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It’s so simple that it is surely worth trying – can a peg cure your #migraine?

Week 1 with #FitBit

Posted on 6th April 2016 in health

FitBit weekly stats

I was a little dubious about FitBit and whether it was just a fad for which the novelty would soon wear off. However, I bought my partner one in February and he is still obsessed with it, as is a colleague of mine, so I’ve been ever so sheep like and followed suit!

I now have a FitBit Charge HR and have quickly become disturbingly reliant on knowing what my heart rate is Week one statsand how many flights of stairs I’ve done – did you know that if you carry something upstairs then it doesn’t get recorded. (Yes, this has resulted in me then running back down the stairs empty handed so that I can run up them again and get it added to my daily tally…)

FitBit very kindly sends you a weekly roundup of your stats and some of mine for this week are shown on the right.

I have found FitBit to have a sense of humour as every day when I take it off of charge (I charge it while I am in the shower so as not to miss too many valuable steps!) it displays a little message on the screen! So far I have had:

Step Geek

Bon Jour

Hi There

Climb On

Hold Me

Rock On

Also, and it’s worth pointing out here that I haven’t been actively dieting, I have lost 3lb this week which can only be from all the additional steps. I am genuinely impressed to note that I’ve done nearly 50,000 steps and I know that it would probably be half that amount if it weren’t for the #FitBit making me want to hit my daily goals.

 

Smear Test Reminder

Posted on 15th May 2012 in health/ women

SpeculumDear Ladies,

Yes, all of you.

When did you last have a smear test?

Smear tests are free, fast and could save your life.

If you can’t remember when you last had a test, or if you’ve moved house, or just been ‘too busy’ to book your appointment, please call your surgery today to see if your smear test is due.

The frequency of testing will depend upon your age, as follows:

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England offers free tests to all women aged between 25 and 64 who are registered with their GP.

Women should normally be invited for a smear test at the following times:

  • At the age of 25 they will receive their first invitation for screening.
  • Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for screening every three years.
  • Women aged 50 to 64 are invited for screening every five years.
  • Women aged 65 or over are only screened if they have not been screened since they were 50 or if they have had recent abnormal test results.
Don’t put it off another day, please get checked out, your family will thank you for it.
Love,
CoffeeCurls x

H is for… Handbag meme

Posted on 30th April 2010 in Blog/ coffee/ Handbag meme/ health/ New York/ starbucks

H is for… Handbag meme

A long time ago, @linsay1978 tagged me in the Handbag meme, the rules of which are:

* Put the Logo on your sidebar, or within a post.

* Pass the award onto 12 Bloggers.

* Link the nominees within your post.

* Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

So, what’s in my handbag?

I warn you, my handbag is a bit of a bottomless pit…. Mary Poppins has got nothing on me!

The BAG:

Medicines and make-up, all essential of course

The spoils from Starbucks…

Purse (including new york subway tickets, obviously) passport, bank books, nspcc sticker, 2 x external hard drives, keys, diary, phone, 4 different colour pens, home banking device and an umbrella

And, erm, everything else! I did throw some of this away after taking this photo – for which  my bag is both grateful and lighter!

Now, to tag 12 other bloggers – ladies it is over to YOU!

1. @thecakenest

2. @fishwifemark2

3. @littleplanetsue

4. @Caroljs

5. @Sleepytot

6. @AngelHales

7. @Sleepless_Mum

8. @Prymface

9. @buriedwithkids

10. @notSupermum

11. @little__witch

12. @metajugglamum

M is for… MADs!

Posted on 25th April 2010 in adultery/ benefits/ Blog/ caffe nero/ cats/ Cattery/ child/ Christopher Biggins/ coffee/ cream/ Cry/ customer service/ debt/ divorce/ doctors/ eczema/ Elvis/ Feral/ guarantor/ health/ house/ Itchy & Scratchy/ James Blunt/ Kreativ Blogger/ MADs/ Rihanna/ self esteem/ skin/ son/ starbucks/ steroids/ Take That/ Titanic/ Twitter/ Vets/ writing workshop

Blimey O’reily my name has popped up in the MADs list!

I wonder if it was my rants about coffee and customer service?

My frustration over my son’s battle with eczema?

My honest account of my recovery after the breakdown of my marriage?

Maybe it was learning that Dermot O’leary used to lay on my desk?

My tale of a random act of kindness?

Maybe someone liked reading about my cats Elvis and Maisy?

I doubt it was my infinite playlist….

Whatever it was I am very grateful to Twitter and the blogging world because it is really fun to share experiences with people, I’ve been reduced to tears (both of sadness and laughter) from other peoples blogs and I know I don’t stand a hope of winning with my 7 posts, but it is still pretty cool to take part!

If you would like to vote for me – I’d be delighted! Just click here and then enter my blog name www.coffeecurls.wordpress.com into the areas where you’d like to nominate.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

I is for… The Itchy & Scratchy Show

Posted on 13th April 2010 in cats/ child/ cream/ doctors/ eczema/ health/ Itchy & Scratchy/ oil/ skin/ son/ steroids

The Itchy & Scratchy Show……

My oldest son has had eczema for the whole of his life – 10 years. Today’s visit to the doctor has prompted me to write this blog as I feel the need to offload a little about how frustrated I am and how much of a failure I feel for not being able to save him from the pain, discomfort, embarrassment and distress he has to endure.

I include the word embarrassment in that list because unfortunately he does have children ask him if it is ‘catching’ and often gets comments about his appearance if his skin is particularly bad. When he tells me about these things I have to be very grown up and not ask for the child’s name so that I can pop round and ‘educate’ them a little…

I first noticed it after bathing him in the gorgeous smelling Johnson’s products that I had so coveted during my pregnancy. I so longed to bath my baby in those heavenly scented bubbles, then oil him and talc him! Sadly after a dip in the good stuff his skin was rough and red – where was my ‘smooth as a baby’s bum’ baby? I know it is incredibly selfish but I have to admit I felt a bit cheated!

I saw several health visitors for routine checks and they all said it was infantile eczema and that he would grow out of it.

I have seen countless GPs, dermatologists and have had a private appointment with a Paediatric allergy specialist. Everyone seems to try and treat his symptoms without trying to work out what the triggers are. It seems crazy to me to keep throwing medicine at him when if we could eliminate at least some of the triggers then surely he wouldn’t have the symptoms in the first place?

Where we’ve seen an immediate reaction we then try to avoid those things in the future. For example: ketchup; juice; apples; cut grass; dogs; sweets; bath products; soap; baked beans etc etc

Extra frustratingly, my sons dad (my ex husband) has a very cavalier attitude to the eczema and often tells my son that ‘mummy makes it worse by not letting you have things’ and, my personal favourite, ‘you’ll grow out of it when you are 7′. My son believed him. He was devastated after his 7th birthday when it didn’t go.

We saw the paediatric allergy specialist using private health care and he said the cause was Oral Allergy Syndrome and gave us a huge list of things which ‘could’ trigger the flare ups. But he stressed that not all of the things would. I asked if my son could have allergy tests (this was a private consultation after all so not bound but NHS financial limits) but he said it was impossible to just test for random things. For example if my son eats an apple, he has an immediate flare up and sometimes his lips even blister, so the doctor said he could test for allergy to apples as that was a specific thing…. Forgive me for questioning a man who has had many, many years of studying, training and experience – but what is the point in that?

You aren’t meant to use steroid creams for longer than 7 days at a time. I have said to every doctor I’ve seen that he uses steroid creams EVERYDAY. They all take one look at him and say ‘but how bad would he be if you didn’t?’

So, after today’s visit to the GP (who is lovely, and very understanding) we have hydrocortisone for his face, betnovate for his body, lipobase for everywhere, aveeno bath oil, a peak flow meter, nedocromil eye drops, sodium cromoglicate nasal spray, cetirizine antihistamine and montelukast tablets…

And of course Medised for when it all gets too much.

Sorry for such a downhearted blog, there wasn’t really a way to happy it up.

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