For life's little ups and downs.

A rather quirky, funny and sometimes daunting look in to the life of someone who has a lot of health problems but does their best to keep positive. Punctuated by guinea pigs, anime, superheroes, transforming robots and cross stitching.

I started this blog to tell my story, about who I am and what I do. On top of the health problems and raising awareness for those, I also use my blog as a way to help promote other causes, particularly ones which affect the most vulnerable. I live with a number of different and complex health problems but I refuse to let anything get me down. I know how it feels to be discriminated against or thrown aside. This is me. This is my life. I live it and do what I want with it. Nature sets the limitations. We set the boundaries.

About Me:

A blog about life. I live with Bi-Polar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as Type 1 Brittle Asthma, Various Allergies, Neutropenia, Chronic IBS, Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, PCOS and Osteoporosis and Heredetary Spastic Paraplegia. I live with these conditions, but I refuse to let them keep me down and out. I still try and make the most of my days despite being so poorly and having to rely on my wheelchair, nebulisers, nearly 50 pills a day and 2l/min of oxygen.

I'll flap my broken wings and erase it all someday... You'll see.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Tackling Hypokalemia...

After a good chat and checking everything over, we now know what we are addressing when it came to my weakness and exhaustion, muscle cramps and the fact that I would have been better known as "Sea Biscuit" among other strange and rather unusual symptoms. We did have suspicions that I could have been developing Type 2 Diabetes due to my steroids. Turns out a lack of potassium in my diet (over the last 6 months, I have really not been eating much by the way of good food) and the use of bronchodilators had caused me to begin the development of early stage Hypokalaemia.

If left untreated, this could have been dangerous, but now we are packing as much fruit and veg as we can in to me. As well as eating dark chocolate and other things to really increase my mineral intake. Just as well because my feet are cramping to hell! It's getting better thanks to some good food, and a good rest, but it was so painful earlier because my feet and my right calf were just agony and I was shaking so much I could barely stand up, I was so pale that I looked like I would pass out at any minute and I had already fainted today which hadn't helped. My BP was 70/69 which is low. Very low. No wonder I was fainting and looking like a zombie.

On a plus, because Steve thought I needed a pick-me-up, we went in to Pets At Home. We stopped by the adoption centre and saw someone called Marley. Now Marley was an 8 week old, tortoiseshell satin guinea pig who no one wanted to buy. We had to adopt this little beauty and bring him back with us. He now lives under the name of Kadaj and is a noisy little devil!!

Loves
Wendy xx

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