Despite every good intention, being told “you don’t look sick” can sometimes be as equally frustrating as it is a compliment! Life with a chronic illness demands you to pull your poker face on a daily basis. You get pretty good at it. So good in fact, it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that Read more about Poker Face[…]
Pseudomonas 101 (without the science jargon!) **Written by Emily, based on her 9 year ‘close relationship’ with the stubborn bug** Pseudemonas is a bacteria that only causes infections in people with compromised immune systems (e.g. people with Cystic Fibrosis, or Kartageners Syndrome). Once it’s colonised in the airways, it is often resistant to many antibiotics, difficult Read more about Pseudomonas 101[…]
What’s chest physio? In a nutshell, the body becomes a drumkit for a physio to percuss and shake. This helps dislodge mucus, and makes it a while lot easier to spit out! To put that scientifically… Chest physiotherapy is an airway clearance technique to drain the lungs, and may include percussion, vibration, deep breathing and huffing Read more about Chest Physiotherapy[…]
Kia ora! This week is Mental Health Awareness Week! It’s promoting the theme, Connect with Nature. To me, Nature represents what it is like living with a chronic condition… and in fact, life in general! Here’s a few reasons why: We cannot control everything that happens to us, but our perspective can allow us to see Read more about Five Tips for Living Well[…]
This moving spoken word piece about the emotional impact of living with a chronic respiratory condition summarises my motivation to set up Better Out Than In, and to fundraise for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ‘s research programme. As if the physical impacts of respiratory conditions weren’t enough, the emotional impacts can be heavy and Read more about Emotional impact of respiratory conditions[…]
In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand have shared some key respiratory health terms to learn! Check out their website for more resources available in Māori: www.asthmafoundation.org.nz/resources
As highlighted on this infographic, Respiratory conditions affect 1 in 6 kiwis, and are the third leading cause of death in New Zealand. Head on over to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s website to learn more about respiratory conditions, research, and more!
A huge thank you to Emilia Florence Design for designing Better Out Than In’s logo!
Due to small veins and scarring from previous PICCs/needles, it has become increasingly difficult to access my veins (even those in my feet!). Like many respiratory patients requiring regular IV antibiotics, I was encouraged to have a portacath put in. This is a small device that sits beneath the skin, and is accessed with a needle Read more about Portacath Insertion[…]