Health, Newly Diagnosed

Did I Cause My PCOS?

My first thought whenever I’m diagnosed with a new illness is Did I cause this? Of course, the answer is almost always, No. However, with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), there is a lingering feeling that I my own actions lead to me developing this condition.

Lifestyle

Will Yoga Cure My Chronic Pain?

If you've ever talked to a stranger about your chronic pain, chances are they will have said something to you along the lines of 'but have you tried yoga?' as if yoga has the power to cure all ills. Randomly signing up to a yoga class when you're not ready may actually make things worse.

Crafts, Tutorials

Crochet Bullet Journal Cover Tutorial

I made this crocheted cover for my bullet journal using some yarn I got on a recent trip to Edinburgh. I use a basic softcover dotted exercise book for my bullet journal. I got the one I'm using at the moment from Amazon. This cover is easy to make as it is just two large rectangles.

Lifestyle, The Spoonie Student

Studying with POTS: A Brutal 2nd Term

I've just completed the second semester of my MSc and, let me tell you, it was a wild ride. My semester got off to a bumpy start with a random doctor (who I've never met before) phoning me out of the blue to say that my infusions had been cancelled. After a visit to A&E,… Continue reading Studying with POTS: A Brutal 2nd Term

Health, Lifestyle

3 Tips For Effortless Cooking

Cooking can be a challenge when you're a Spoonie. Standing up for a long period of time in a hot room can lead to disastrous consequences. I used to love cooking and baking before I got POTS, but now I can't even stand up whilst the kettle boils. If your illness requires you to change your diet in any way, it may mean that you have to spend more time cooking than you used to.

Crafts, Tutorials

Marvel’s Punisher Skull Gloves

Marvel's Punisher Skull Gloves © 2019 The Reluctant Spoonie As a person with a chronic illness, I spend a lot of time watching Netflix, especially the Marvel shows such as Daredevil and The Punisher. A few months ago, I decided to learn the art of tapestry crochet using probably the most complicated design to do… Continue reading Marvel’s Punisher Skull Gloves

The Spoonie Student

A Week in the Life of a Student with POTS

Last year, I went back to University to get my Master's in Environmental Science. My typical week is different from most students' because I have to work around my fluctuating POTS symptoms. Sunday- Work Experience Working at my local nature reserve. I started working a local nature reserve a few months before my course started.… Continue reading A Week in the Life of a Student with POTS