Any one who reads my blog posts or who follows me on social media will be aware that I have been trying to reduce the amount of plastics I use in the home. This has been with mixed success and I am not ashamed to admit that I still have an awfully long way to go if I am ever going to achieve my goal of a ‘plastic free’ food shop.
This month’s ‘Ask Kirk’ is all about how to keep your feet happy this summer! If you suffer from cracked heels, athlete’s foot or stinky trainers, this one is for you!
Several things have happened lately which have sparked my interest in sunscreen. Firstly, and most importantly, is the fact that my husband is now more sun sensitive following treatment for leukaemia. He has gone from never getting sunburnt to having to wear SPF 50 and still only being able to stay out in the sun for a couple of hours. Add to this some recent posts on Facebook on what the labels on sunscreen actually mean and the use of natural oils as an effective alternative to conventional sunscreen. This was enough for me; I needed to learn more about what we are putting on our bodies and whether it is actually protecting us from skin cancer.
Life after treatment
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Life after cancer treatment also had its challenges. We were emotionally distant from each other because we had both been so focussed on our own paths. We had to work hard to lessen the gap, both on a personal level and as a couple. We have both tried to block the horrendous year of treatment out of our minds; I just can’t bear to go back there, watching the man I love in pain, fighting with everything he had to survive.
The importance of family
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On the up
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Somehow, against the odds, Martin pulled through. He had no memory from when the infection really started to take hold, or of being moved up to the intensive care ward. In some ways this was a blessing, but it was also very confusing. Doctors and nurses would pop in and say how pleased they were to see him, and he wouldn’t have a clue who they were. I would then have to explain what part they had in saving his life. Martin’s muscles had deteriorated from the two weeks of being bed bound, which meant rebuilding his strength, and he was also still fighting fevers which meant hourly observations and little chance to recuperate. Continue reading “Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – A Wife’s Perspective Part 3”
Hitting rock bottom
As seems to be the way with treatment for acute leukaemia, Martin quickly started another intense course of treatment as an in-patient, aimed at finally achieving remission. It all went well initially but then, two weeks in, Martin got a bad infection which over the following days progressed into sepsis and pneumonia. I knew that he had been deteriorating for days but I didn’t realise how bad it was until the morning when I went into hospital and found him delirious. There was a sense of urgency about him and it was hard to make sense of what he was saying but he kept repeating how sorry he was and to tell the children that he loved them. In my mind this was him saying goodbye!
As part of Carer’s Week I have written a blog for Leukaemia Care sharing my experiences during my husband’s treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2017. It has been incredibly challenging to write due to the personal nature of the content and the suppressed memories that it brought back. The resulting blog ended up being too lengthy to release as one post so it has been split up into 5 sections to release throughout Carer’s Week.
Part 1 covers the diagnosis.
Since starting the blog I regularly get people asking me questions about natural alternatives to products they use, or about something they have read in the news that has worried them. I have had these stored up in my mind but have been side-tracked by slugs, plastic and the allotment. But now it is time to stop being self indulgent and I have created a regular blog slot called ‘Ask Kirk’ where I attempt to answer your questions.
Today I will be tackling the following conundrums: how to get rid of ants without resorting to chemicals; what is the deal with arsenic in rice; and is there a natural way to deal with oily hair.
So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the first ‘Ask Kirk’ blog post.
With festival season in full swing many of us will be preparing to go and sample the delights that the UK festival scene has to offer. Whether you are going with friends or as a family it is easy to reduce the amount of single use plastics which you use whilst out partying. All it takes is a bit of thought beforehand when you are packing.