Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Arthitis Week and an Update on Me!

This weeks marks national arthritis week, a cause very close to my heart. Arthritis research are running a survey which I would encourage anyone suffering from Arthritis to complete.

As any of my regular readers will be aware, I suffer with several issues with my knees; I have maltracking of my knee that's causing my joint to wear out, as well as having a rare condition called PVNS that I wrote about here

Last week I met with my latest specialist consultant who by all accounts is one of the best and leading surgeons for people suffering from the conditions I have. However the appointment didn't quite go as planned; the consultant was 40 minutes late, which I understand was because he was in theatre; I have no problems with this at all but an apology from him would have been nice!. My consultant also seemed to get out of bed on the wrong side as his bedside manner was somewhat none existent, at a time when he should be putting my mind at rest, he's actually made me more nervous. 

I have agreed with my consultant to have two operations and possibly more to hopefully help me; unfortunately I couldn't ask all the questions I wanted as I felt uneasy in his company. We did however discuss the day of surgery and how I want a spinal anaesthetic and under no circumstances do I wish to have a general anaesthetic; he wasn't too happy about this mainly because he's never performed an operation on someone who is wide awake. I told him about my previous operation where I was awake and how I am not squeamish at all. I have more questions about the recovery, how I will cope looking after two children, being unable to drive etc. I will be sending a letter to my consultant to ask the questions I didn't ask at the appointment. I just hope my consultant has better skills in theatre he does bedside manner! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Braun 'No Touch + Forehead' Thermometer

For the last couple of weeks life has been some what quiet, this is mainly due to the fact that we have all picked up some form of illness. Ruby bounced back from a bug that she picked up from school, but Lottie is very different; I had to resort to taking her to the doctors where she was diagnosed as being on the brink of tonsillitis; if that was not bad enough, she also stubbed her toe on a door which ended up becoming infected.

Prior to Ruby and Lottie being poorly, I was approached to review the latest Braun thermometer and after reading all the press information I decided it would be a good opportunity to try it out. The latest Braun NTF 3000 "No touch + forehead" is very different to any other thermometer I have ever seen before. 

What impressed me the most with the thermometer is that you can take an accurate temperature without having to place the thermometer into your child's ear, which can be a battle as Lottie absolutely hates having anything put into her ear! You can take a reading simply by placing the thermometer onto  or near your child's head.

This really suited Lottie and Ruby as they liked looking at the traffic light readout; we didn't have any tears or battles over trying to take their temperature. We were even able to take the girls temperatures whilst they were asleep without waking them up! Oh and I forgot to mention the thermometer is able to record a temperature in 2 seconds!

After the temperature is taken, it is digitally displayed on the screen with the relevant background colour, red means the child has a fever, Amber means keep an eye on the child and green means all is OK.

The thermometer retails at £52.99, and can be purchased from places such as boots and Asda. I believe that the price is really good value, I think it's definitely an essential piece of equipment that every parent should own.

You can also find further information on the Braun Thermometers website -

Ruby + Lottie Rating: 9.5/10

Disclaimer: I was kindly given the thermometer to try at no cost, however all opinions and thoughts are my own.