Haiku hope 36 – Lego
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
4h ago
Hi everyone and welcome to my 36th Haiku Hope – part of the COPE campaign bundle of creative distractions. This time I wanted to write about something silly – bloody Lego! I’ve been working on a project with my daughter – Lego is one of the few things I can manage that she also enjoys, so it’s time with her that I treasure. HOWEVER, building Lego isn’t without its frustrations, and trying to build something unique, without instructions, and with a kid who expects everything yesterday, is nigh on impossible. Here are my thoughts on the plastic bricks… I hope you like this one. ********** Lego P ..read more
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Television that took my breath away – my reaction to the ITV1 series ‘Breathtaking’
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
2d ago
There’s no question – there are so many great drama series out there right now that every night it’s difficult to work out which one to choose. Last week however, my partner insisted that we should both venture into the ITV1 series called ‘Breathtaking’ . The series is based on a book by the author Rachel Clark, which is already a Sunday times top 10 best seller. If you watch just five minutes of it, you’ll immediately understand why. Breathtaking depicts two years of Covid-19 survival from the point of view of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and managers in an NHS hospital. I ..read more
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Dislocated life – coming to terms with my EDS diagnosis
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
4d ago
The last six months have probably been some of the toughest I’ve experienced, certainly from a pain perspective. When I found out in early 2023, that my two Covid infections had left me with POST COVID syndrome, I assumed that most of the answers to my health problems would suddenly become clear. However, not everything that I was experiencing could be explained by POST COVID syndrome and, at the time, researchers were still trying to understand what it meant to have the condition. During the course of investigations with specialists in chronic pain and Covid infections, it was uncovered that ..read more
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Haiku hope 35 – The Bells
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
6d ago
Hi everyone and welcome to my 35th Haiku Hope – part of the COPE campaign bundle of creative distractions. This time I wanted to write about my experiences since being diagnosed with Bells Palsy. If you’d like to know more about Bells Palsy then please look at my blog, where I recently posted more information on what it is and my experiences with it. This has been a really rough patch for both my physical and mental health. It’s left my confidence at an all time low and the pain has been unreal on the worst days. Thankfully I have someone at home making sure I’m comfortable, taking my medicati ..read more
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Say hello to Bells Palsy
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
1w ago
Although I’m very open about my health you’ll be unsurprised to know there’s an awful lot going on at home that I don’t mention. Why? Well in many cases it’s about privacy for my family. I choose to be open about my story, but it’s not their choice, so I keep some things under wraps. Other subjects, though, are slightly more complicated. My own mental health, for example, is discussed in detail when I’m considering past events and the way they effect me just to use those experiences to help others. However, the impact of my brain’s instability on the present day has become more difficult to di ..read more
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Finding cheap chronic pain solutions
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
1w ago
Being uncomfortable and trying to mitigate my pain is a daily obstacle for me. I’ve saved up to buy heated pillows, expensive support cushions, feather filled large cushions and I’ve been given support wedges by social services. Despite all these options, I still found myself struggling to get comfy while sitting up. After less that an hour my pelvis is grinding and I end up laying down. Not really a healthy way to live for someone who barely moves anyway. But right now I’m sat upright with the first cushion behind me that’s kept me here for longer then an hour (although how long it lasts rema ..read more
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Hold humour part 13
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
2w ago
Hi everyone, welcome to the 13th edition of awful jokes as part of the Hold Humour distraction project in the COPE campaign. For this collection of 5 jokes, I’ve chosen a selection of random jokes about random subjects. It’s getting close to the end of February, and there’s nothing specific to write about…do I’ve kept it general. Anyway, here are my next batch of 5 jokes… ********** Joke 1 Q: How do you know if a vampire is unwell? A: He’ll be coffin! Joke 2 Q: Why should you always knock before opening the fridge door? A: In case there’s a salad dressing! Joke 3 Q: What do you call a well-bal ..read more
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Haiku hope 34 – The Voice
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
2w ago
Hi everyone and welcome to my 34th Haiku Hope – part of the COPE campaign bundle of creative distractions. This time I thought I’d write about ‘the voice’. Sounds ominous, I know, but research shows that we all have an internal narrative, the problem is it’s either welcome or unwelcome, helpful or unhelpful, kind or worryingly sinister. The quality and content of your internal voice can mean the difference between sanity and having a version of psychosis, and I’ve experienced both. It’s typical for me to find the lines blurred these days. Paranoia that the more sinister voice will return somet ..read more
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Hold humour part 12 – jokes about valentines
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
3w ago
Hi everyone, welcome to the 12th edition of awful jokes as part of the Hold Humour distraction project in the COPE campaign. For this collection of 5 jokes, I’ve chosen to focus on Valentine’s Day again because it’s right ahead and I can’t be arsed with it. I’ll get my other half a card, but it feels like another holiday that’s only promoted by people who stand to get cold, hard cash from us…not a holiday about lurve! Anyway, here are my next anti-love batch of 5 jokes… ********** Joke 1 Q: What did the man say to the woman who stole his heart? A: Can I have it back please? I’m literally dying ..read more
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Crap poem 56 – Chronic Stigma
Creative Steph
by stephc2021
3w ago
Hi everyone, and welcome to my 56th Crap Poem as part of the COPE campaign. This poem is a serious one, despite the rhyming. Let me start by explaining my reason for getting so worked up about this. As some of you will know, some of my more disabling diagnosis are ME/CFS, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a genetic connective tissue disorder) and Post Covid Syndrome. These diagnosis have been difficult to obtain, despite my reducing mobility and constant pain. As a patient, I’ve been met with unconscious bias and stigma on many, many occasions when attending appointments, but in the end I found two diff ..read more
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