I am going to try and just hash this out because quite frankly I’m bored of thyroids, I’m bored of strategising and I’m bored of battling. It’s exhausting. But there’s something in me that needs to get this story down, for me and for that handful of people who read and relate to the isolation… Continue reading Part 3 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: After a suspected diagnosis of Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease I found myself back to square one, alone, unheared and without any answers as to why I remained so unwell.
Handa's Surprise, Eileen Browne Handa's Surprise is a very simple tale of friendship with a juicy twist at the end. When I am not sure what each day has in store a bag of seven fruits from the story can go a long way. From size ordering, weighing and 'favourite fruit' survey's in Maths, to… Continue reading Yet Another Top Ten Supply Bag Books: A third list of my favourite books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
Thyroid Symptoms Lists I found it hard to obtain a diagnosis for Postpartum Thyroiditis and in the search to find out what was wrong I read far more than I desired. At one point lists of thyroid symptoms became a source of anxiety for me. This is because they are so often limited to a… Continue reading Thyroiditis Symptoms: The symptoms that were constantly dismissed as mental health, in my on-going battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis and why most symptoms lists just don’t reflect the reality of dealing with a thyroid problem.
Postnatal mental health 'Postnatal mental health' is in inverted commas because this term is too broad, what I was dealing with was trauma in the context of having just given birth and as a result of a postnatal illness - Postpartum Thyroiditis. It also became postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety, but not in the way… Continue reading My ‘Postnatal Mental Health’: Navigating new parenthood in the context of postnatal illness. How this affected my mental health and why the mantra ‘no one birth is ever the same’ should be acknowledged throughout the postaprtum period (and beyond).
It's Complicated I'm finding it gradually harder to write about my experience with Postpartum Thyroiditis, namely because I am no longer postpartum. It’s been over twenty-four months since I gave birth to my daughter, and my health has still not fully recovered. The weight of the information in my head, my exhaustion from my ever-changing… Continue reading Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.
Hypnobirthing and positive affirmations Before I gave birth to babe I had practiced hypnobirthing and a part of this was to recite positive thoughts and affirmations. I had littered the walls of our house with affirmations in preparation for birth, giving little thought to their usefulness beyond. Postpartum Thyroiditis Three months following the birth of… Continue reading 50 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.
In recent months we lost a lovely cat - Nutmeg, who we adopted from the RSPCA. This was the first time we had ever homed a cat and Nutmeg quickly became a big love of mine. Before adopting a cat we took lots of practicalities into consideration, having the added responsibility of a pet was… Continue reading Adopting a Cat: Things to consider before introducing a furry feline friend to your home.