What is High Blood Pressure?

It is estimated that nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), but many of them won’t even realize it. So what is high blood pressure? Medically speaking, a patient can be diagnosed as having hypertension if their blood pressure reads 140 over 90 or higher over a period of time. Even if just one of those numbers is too high, they could also be diagnosed with hypertension. What are the symptoms? One of the dangerous aspects of hypertension is that there aren’t any symptoms. The only way for a patient to know for… [Read More]

The Kindness of Strangers

What is a good deed? Well, according to answers.com: ‘Good deeds are spontaneous acts of kindness, accommodation, generosity, benevolence, charity, assistance, help, sympathy or aid, all performed with the simple intention of being helpful and no expectation for compensation of any kind.’ In light of this, this tells me that a good deed is a selfless act. An act which is from the heart,that is genuine and has no ulterior motive.  Some people call them random acts of kindness. They can happen between friends, family and even complete strangers.  I like to think that I’m a good person. I like to help… [Read More]

Norovirus: What you need to know

It’s something that most people have heard of, but how much do you actually know about Norovirus? A few months ago, myself and one of our twins ended up in hospital as a result of Norovirus (read more here). It’s an awful virus and one that took me just over a week to fully recover from. Our twins lost their appetites which is no surprise really after what they’d been through and we all lost weight as a result. Following our experiences of Norovirus it’s more important than ever to me to ensure that I thoroughly clean all surfaces which… [Read More]

Ozeri Blood Pressure Monitor Review

How often do you check your blood pressure? I don’t check mine very often, but after my twin sister told me that she has always had low blood pressure I thought it would be a good idea to check mine. My husband also told me that he has high blood pressure. When I was contacted by Ozeri about reviewing one of their blood pressure monitors I chose the Ozeri CardioTech Premium Series BP3T Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Intelligent Hypertension Detection, which is available from Amazon for £49.99 at the time of writing this review. The blood pressure monitor arrived… [Read More]

JP’s Story: Part 2: Ultrasound Scan

To read part one click here. April 2014 Today I had an ultrasound at my GP surgery. The procedure was identical to that of an antenatal scan albeit with one crucial difference. There was no baby. Of course there was no baby. We are still trying but nothing is happening and my cycle remains stubbornly erratic. And so an ultrasound was arranged and has now taken place. Alongside this scan, I was offered a pelvic scan. This is not something I was immediately familiar with but I was informed that it was an internal scan and that, as it would… [Read More]

Our Pregnancy Diary: The Third Trimester

It has a been quite some time since I wrote our pregnancy diary posts, so I thought it was about time that I finally got around to writing our last one. Our twins are almost 18 months old now and I love looking back about our pregnancy. To read our first trimester post, please click here. To read our second trimester post please click here. I’ll be sharing our birth story, special care story and more soon.  27 Weeks Pregnant. Thursday, 14 January 2012Mummy and Daddy had an appointment with the consultant for a growth scan today and to have Mummy’s 28… [Read More]

B's Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 4

Following on from B’s last post (which can be read here), B continues to share her journey with us.  Waiting, waiting and a little more waiting. Well, I haven’t blogged for a while, we left off with our GP saying they could not do our screening bloods. This would have cost us £500 at the clinic we were at, which we just couldn’t afford with a wedding to pay for. So I looked for other clinics and called to ask if they charged for screening bloods for donors, one of them didn’t, just for the AMH test which would have… [Read More]

B’s Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 3. Hitting a brick wall

Following on from last weeks post, B is back to share with us her egg sharing IVF journey. To read last weeks post, please click here. Well, today has been a pretty bad day. It started when I laddered my favourite tights whilst putting them on to get dressed. I am fighting back the tears writing this, I have had a UTI for the past few days, so this morning I made a doctor’s appointment and thought I might as well ask about them doing my screening blood tests for egg sharing. I explained to our GP that we had… [Read More]

B’s Egg Sharing IVF Journey. Part 2. AMH Results.

Following on from last weeks post, B is back to share with us her Egg Sharing IVF Journey. To read her first post, click here. So,  Monday came and I was waiting for the clinic to call me with my results. Being impatient, I decided to call them instead. The line rang through and the receptionist answered and I asked if she could check if my results for my AMH were back yet. She went away to find out, the line went quiet and I was stood there repeating over to myself in my head, “please be good, please be good”.  She came back on… [Read More]