With the coldest time of the year quickly approaching, it’s always a rush to get ready for the conditions and prepare to settle down for the months ahead. When it’s freezing outside, you may feel a little more lethargic and not want to do anything with your days off but that’s exactly the opposite of what you should do. You need to make the most of the shorter days: below are some suggestions of ways to tackles the blues and really make the most of your time.
Today I’ve got a collaborative guest post for you from Egg Donation Friends. As someone who had fertility treatment myself, to have my daughter Daisy, I hope this will be useful for someone out there!
Egg donation – who is it for? The majority of fertility patients interested in egg donation treatment are female patients over 38 or 40 years of age, patients with poor response to hormonal stimulation of ovaries, low AMH results or low-quality eggs. If you live in the UK, have been trying to conceive for over two years and are under 40, you are eligible for a maximum of 3 IVF cycles on the NHS. However, if you are over 40, you can have only one free IVF cycle.
Back in 2015, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I began to suffer from problems in my knee. This was despite losing weight during my pregnancy and staying active. Eventually, I was diagnosed with bursitis and finally arthritis. This means that I regularly suffer from twinges and pains in my knee joint. I’ve been using painkillers, and I have had physiotherapy, but I am always interested in learning about new problems that might be able to help me, without taking strong pain-killers throughout the day.
My beautiful daughter Daisy was born in March 2016. The first few days of her life were amazing, with her being a great sleeper and feeding really well. After that, on the 1st of April, she surprised us with her first bout of projectile vomit. Since then Daisy has been diagnosed with FPIES. FPIES is an allergy syndrome that causes Daisy to have projectile vomiting episodes when she is having a reaction to a food she is allergic to. Today I want to share a slightly light-hearted look at what it is like dealing with a poorly child – by talking about 5 places my child has vomited.
Dealing with allergies is never easy. Whether you have a single allergy, non-IGE or IGE, it is always difficult to adjust to the lifestyle changes required to keep safe. Often people without allergies won’t understand the difficulties faced when you, or your child, have an allergy. My own daughter Daisy has an allergy syndrome, called FPIES, which has changed the way we run our home and our life. At present Daisy cannot eat dairy, soy or chicken without a severe vomiting reaction, and has other problems including reflux and asthma. In addition to this, she has intolerances to strawberries and a few other foods. This means that we have to be super vigilant about what foods we feed her, where we eat and even what foods we keep out at home. Almost everything seems to be a potential allergen for Daisy and the simplest of tasks, like giving the cats treats, can become fraught with worry and anxiety about accidental allergen exposure.