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I have now been isolating for almost 12 weeks and Wales will continue to be in lockdown for at least another two weeks. When I was...

Shielding

I have been in self-isolation for more than eleven weeks now. I live in Wales and at this point in time we lockdown has been extended for...

Creativity

I have never been someone particularly creative or imaginative . I don't knit or crochet. I'm not a natural baker and I've never...

Social History

The coronavirus pandemic will become a part of social history and at some point will feature in classroom lessons. Life has changed...

Self-Testing

I have been on Warfarin since I received my first artificial valve aged two. Warfarin requires regular testing to ensure that the...

Gratitude

Tomorrow marks five whole week since I went into self-isolation I have been out three times for essential blood tests relating to my...

Adapting

The UK has been in forced lockdown for almost three weeks now and everyone is having to learn to adapt to a new way of living. Exceptions...

Education, Education, Education

In 2018 I attended a talk given by adult congenital heart cardiologist Professor Michael Gatzoulis. He is one of the most experienced...

Self-isolation Survival Guide

As someone with a heart condition I'm considered to be in the 'at risk' category for Coronavirus and it's associated complications. I am...

Coronavirus

What scares you? I'm scared of getting an infection AGAIN, Even a mild one. WHY? Because even a mild infection can quickly overwhelm an...

Russian roulette!!

I have been having problems with the my thyroid for a number of years. In 2016 I was referred to an endocrinologist because the thyroid...

Brexit

I rarely talk politics BUT today I'm making an exception. The government has now agreed a Brexit deal.  Will will exit the EU at 11pm...

Technology

In the last 10 years technology has come a long way. Some British hospitals are using 3D printed hearts to help plan complex surgery on...

We are what we eat!

My family will testify that my diet is not great. I don't like fruit and I have a particular distaste for tomatoes, sprouts and salad...

Spinning Around!

Last Friday evening I was quietly minding my own business. I was stood at the sink washing up after supper when I thought I felt...

Cancellation

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to London for my fourth ablation. I arrived a couple of days in advance. On the Wednesday I attended...

My Liver - Part 1

I have experienced problems with my liver for approximately 10 years. It began with abnormal bloods, which didn't appear to concern my...

Decisions, Decisions

A few weeks ago my electrophysiology (branch of medicine specialising in the electrical activity of the heart)  team contacted me to say...

The Hospital Bag

Following several hospital admissions over the past two years, both emergency and scheduled, I realised that were a few things I could...

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