Health, Product Review, Raynaud, Raynaud's Hacks, raynaud's phenomenon, Scleroderma Hacks, Systemic Sclerosis

November Raynaud’s Hack: Vinyl Food Prep Gloves

Brrr, November has been so cold already, I recently decided to experiment with glove layering to protect my hands from a Raynaud's attack and it led me to a discovery that helped me out with a year-long problem of Raynaud's episodes while shopping in supermarkets. Looks a little silly, but food prep gloves are my latest hack for Raynaud's...

Book Recommendations, Book Reviews, Life Hacks, positive, Self-Care, Uncategorized

Three Good, Diverse Reads or What I Did Last Summer Part II

While my brain fog seems to be clearing enough to actually read full books again, over the summer I took the opportunity to read three very diverse books, primarily to pass the time while commuting to my treatments, but also to get my mind working and as a diversion from pain and the monotony of life with chronic illness. I enjoyed each book immensely in their own way, and savoured the diversity of my choices.

Attitude, Guest Post, Health, Life Hacks, positivity, Self-Care

How To Stay Positive When In Hospital

How To Stay Positive When In Hospital... I know, I know, you're probably thinking "Has she gone mad?" Even though the beginning was traumatic and life-changing, I had a positive experience (in hospital) and I would like to share my tips on how I stayed positive with you!

A Reblog, Attitude, Chronic Illness, Guest Post, Health, Life Hacks

Who is in charge of you?

Today’s post is a reblog.  Grateful for this nod from a blogger I and so many others highly respect, Carolyn Thomas of HeartSisters.org

Heart Sisters

by Carolyn Thomas   @HeartSisters     July 21, 2019

And you thought YOU had a lot of medical appointments. . .

Writing on her blog, Sick With Optimism, a Canadian patient regularly sees three nephrologists from three different clinics, two hematologists, two rheumatologists, a cardiologist, her GP – “as well as so many interns, inpatient doctors and fellows, I can’t even count!”

I was profoundly moved by her story about how one of her many recent doctors’ appointments evolved. . .

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Health, Life Hacks, Raynaud's Hacks, Scleroderma Hacks

5 Cold Drink Hacks for Raynaud’s Protection

There is nothing as refreshing as a nice cold drink on a hot summer day! The problem if you suffer from Raynaud's Phenomenon, touching cold objects, even for a few seconds can bring on a damaging event. Here are Five Easy Hacks to Prevent Raynaud's episodes

Health, Life Hacks, Philosophic

Being Blunt: A Quandary

Sometimes a doctor while trying to be delicate may not be direct enough to be clear to you. Your healthcare team is an easy blame when things do not go as you had hoped for you or a loved-one. If we are not clear it is up to us as patients and caregivers to ensure we have no allusions about treatments and prognosis.

Attitude, Health, Life Hacks, Philosophic

Smile Until You (and Those Around You) Feel Better

Smiles are contagious! Smiling provides benefits not only to your mood but your overall health as well. The good news is that smiling can become a habit we learn through practice.

Health, Life Hacks

Layering Gloves to Prevent Raynaud’s Episodes

This year it seems like winter just won't end! For those with Raynaud's Phenomenon, winter can seem even longer. To help prevent Raynaud's episodes when extremely cold this blogger experimented with layering latex gloves under fleece mittens.