Giving up caffeine
Jul31

Giving up caffeine

My husband recently gave up caffeine. He has always been a tea drinker, and started drinking coffee when my eldest was a baby. Since then, coffee has been a fundamental part of his life. Every day started with a trip to a coffee shop for him. There would usually be further trips later in the day. Costa, Nero, McDonald’s and Pret – he went to them all (he was never so keen on Starbucks). I was fine with this, it made him...

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Going on holiday: facing my fears
Oct31

Going on holiday: facing my fears

I don’t suffer from anxiety as such, but there are things that make me nervous. Most of the time, those things don’t arise. And if they do, I can deal with them. But going on holiday means I have to face my fears: I’m claustrophobic I have a fear of illness, specifically vomiting (emetophobia) in anyone – not just myself I have IBS and struggle with certain foods I get very hungry and become emotional if I...

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Bedtime tummy ache
Aug27

Bedtime tummy ache

Sometimes it seems like my lovely daughter – the clever girl, the confident dancer, the girl who shines in everything she does – leads a double life. There’s the daytime daughter, the one everyone knows, and there’s the night time daughter. The one only her family sees and, to be honest, only I really take much notice of. This is the daughter who worries about keeping things tidy and who can’t get to...

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Chocolate medicine
Aug19

Chocolate medicine

My daughter has been suffering from bedtime tummy aches for about a year now. When she has a tummy ache, she eventually falls asleep, then sleeps the whole night and wakes up perfectly fine. When, after tummy aches for three consecutive nights, she woke up not fine, I switched my plans from ‘see the doctor after our holiday’ to ‘see the doctor NOW’. I’d noticed she’d been weeing rather a lot, which...

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