The Lip Balm Files: Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Colour Replenish Lip Balm

~ This series consists, unsurprisingly, of product reviews of lip balms, masks and treatments. None of these posts are sponsored. ~ There was a time when lip balms were of little interest to me; I’d own a couple for use in winter and never paid more than the price of a Body Shop Born Lippy… Continue reading The Lip Balm Files: Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Colour Replenish Lip Balm

My Next Neurosurgery – Decompression

Sometimes when you've been waiting for something for quite a long time, it can come as a shock to the system when all of a sudden, D-day is hurtling towards you at speed. That's certainly how I feel about my second brain surgery. I received a call today from my Neurosurgeon's registrar, offering me a… Continue reading My Next Neurosurgery – Decompression

Brain Surgery: My VP Shunt

{This post includes a photo of a stapled surgical incision} When I was preparing myself for my VP (Ventricular Peritoneal) shunt surgery, I had a look via Google for any articles or blog posts that would give me some idea of what to expect. I was able to locate basic information on the surgery itself… Continue reading Brain Surgery: My VP Shunt

Chronic Life: A Moment of Gratitude 

Gratitude is, in my opinion, something that can only be genuinely felt when it comes from within. No amount of 'it could be worse' or 'you should be grateful that..' comments from other people will make me feel it. In fact, such comments from people who do not live with chronic daily pain are more… Continue reading Chronic Life: A Moment of Gratitude 

A New Nail Shape and Bargain Polish 

I'm something of a perfectionist when it comes to my nails. If they look shabby or the layer of acrylic has grown too far out, it bothers me. Way back before I became largely housebound, fitting in regular nail appointments around teaching and socialising wasn't a big deal. Now of course, things are different. Weeks… Continue reading A New Nail Shape and Bargain Polish