Complementary therapies – releasing the tension

Northern Ireland’s only HIV-dedicated support organisation, Positive Life, has recently launched a research report highlighting the positive benefits that complementary therapies can have on the physical, emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of people living with, or affected by, HIV. The research, carried out by the Institute for Conflict Research shows that complementary therapies can have a clear benefit to mental health, helping people feel better able to challenge the negative thought processes they may have regarding living with HIV. “…in the immediate days after my treatment I feel my thoughts are clearer and it’s only after coming here that I … Continue reading Complementary therapies – releasing the tension

Relationships…

I am very lucky, I share a relationship – nay a marriage — with Andrew. I know that we both could not survive and would not be where we are if it were not for the other. Surfing the Internet this evening, I came across the following quotation. “Don’t let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in theirs. Relationships are best when they are balanced.” I do not know who said it. If anyone does, please let me know. What I do know is that it is very, very true. Thank you Andrew … Continue reading Relationships…

Time for me to stroke a pussy or two…

This evening, as a bit of rest and relaxation, my friend Sam took me out to Assisi Animal Sanctuary near Newtownards to volunteer to give some love to some cats. There were so many cats there it was almost heartbreaking to leave them behind, but I know that there they do get love and are looked after while waiting for potential rehoming. One was pointed out to me, with only three legs, she has become rather timid and apparently shoots off before any new human can get near her. Well, I started off towards her. I took short steps, and … Continue reading Time for me to stroke a pussy or two…

#PersonalIndependencePayment goes live today in GB – have to wait to October for Northern Ireland

NAT has produced a great factsheet about the introduction of PIP in the United Kingdom which from this year will start to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Today the system goes live in Great Britain, but not yet in Northern Ireland (as usual we have to wait a bit). From June 2013: New claims for PIP will be accepted from across the UK (October 2013 in Northern Ireland) and no new claims will be accepted for DLA from anyone aged 16-64, unless they are making a renewal claim from a fixed term DLA award which is due to expire before … Continue reading #PersonalIndependencePayment goes live today in GB – have to wait to October for Northern Ireland

And he’s home

This morning Andrew was let out of hospital, and with the help of a friend, Pam, we were able to get him home easily enough. Many thanks to the staff at the Ulster Hospital, especially the student nurse, Aoife, who seemed to take great care of him when he was in Ward 10. Last night was an awful one for me. I slept really, really badly. I kept waking up, realising Andrew wasn’t in bed, and starting to have a panic attack. At one point I thought that I was going to have to call the out-of-hours GP service as … Continue reading And he’s home

Reversing roles can bring you closer together

This evening I am off up to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, to visit my husband Andrew who today had an operation. Hopefully, it has done what was needed and he will no longer have a gall bladder. It has been causing him no end of pain since August 2012. It’s quite the role reversal for the two of us: me visiting him in hospital and not the other way about. For nearly all of our life together it has been me that has been the one who has needed much care and attention. Now, I get to give back some … Continue reading Reversing roles can bring you closer together

The tables have turned…

Up until recently it has been me being the unwell one in my marriage. However, since December and much more so in the last few weeks it has been Andrew. Like me, you would not know just from looking at him what is wrong. And for a while I even doubted that there was something physically wrong with him. But today we got word that he, touch wood, will be going into the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald to have his gall bladder removed. As many of us living with HIV know, it can be very frustrating to say that you are … Continue reading The tables have turned…

How involved are you in your HIV care? (via Baseline magazine)

How involved are you in your HIV care? What is the impact of treatment on your day-to-day life? BASELINE have an online survey, please complete it here. http://baseline-hivcare.kantarhealth.com/wix1/p1572343412.aspx Continue reading How involved are you in your HIV care? (via Baseline magazine)