Life has its way of throwing us challenges and obstacles. It’s to be expected as no two people have the same thoughts, beliefs, values, childhood, experiences, aspirations, religion or culture at the same time.
But surely we all want to be happy? Isn't it happiness that should drive us to achieve more, do better, feel better and expect better?
Healthy eating,, fitness, weight loss, fertility, gynaecological difficulties, taking care of your skin, practice safe sex, limit your alcohol and don’t smoke.
Most of us aren’t perfect. We all strive to do better and be better, but the reality is we all have slip-ups. There are times we want to pig out and in the winter months we may choose to exercise less. At least, we must consider the above possible difficulties that a woman can face in relation to her physical health,
Approximately one in four people will experience a mental health issue in the UK each year. Anxiety and depression are common mental health issues. Challenges with money, jobs, relationships, children, benefits etc., can be a cause for stress. Some of the most common mental health disorders would include
Generalised anxiety disorder
Seek help if if you have concerns. For more information visit www.mind.org.uk and visit your GP.
Degrading and violent behaviour
In the main, domestic abuse is perpetrated by men; a partner or ex partner. But a domestic abuser can be women in a relationship, carers or family members.
Don’t suffer in silence. Seek help. Women’s Aid is a great starting point. check their website for further information.
Most people believe that raising a child in a two parent household is the norm and an aspiration. But what happens if the relationship breaks down? Questions relating to roles and responsibilities should be asked.
Coparenting is when two adults share the responsibilities of raising a child. They will live separately. The challenges exist when the co-parents have differing values and beliefs regarding raising a child.
A single parent raises his/her child with sole responsibility. The challenges for the single parent could include:
concerns relating to decision making
Concerns relating to investment of time in the family
It is important to surround yourself with a network of people who can offer support when required. After-school clubs and childminders are services that exist in order for a parent to remain in employment.
A visually impaired person has reduced vision in their sight. It doesn’t mean that the individual is blind. In fact, most visually impaired people live a relatively normal life. There are, of course, some restrictions and limitations. However, life is about adapting and modifying yourself in order to integrate into an ever changing environment. On a daily basis, a visually impaired person will encounter challenges in the form of travel, employment, household chores, socialising, etc. Local authorities will support people who are registered with a certificate of visual impairment. Support could be given with adaptations around the house and travel. Safety is an important factor for an individual with a visual impairment. Depth perception, dark areas, crossing roads, are all difficulties someone may face on a daily basis.
What is Sickle Cell Anaemia? Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the iron that contains oxygen in the red blood cell throughout the body. Normal blood cells are shaped like a doughnut but compressed slightly in the centre. People with this blood disorder have distorted sickle or crescent shaped red blood cells. The oxygen is unable to flow easily around the blood cells as they are not shaped circular. This means that parts of the body will have a reduced oxygen flow. When this happens it can create clumps of red blood cells which can develop into painful episodes called crises. It can also block blood vessels, affect the joints and organs in the body. Sickle-cell anaemia can make you feel really lethargic. Normal red blood cells live on average 90 to 120 days. Sickle cells last on average 10 to 20 days. The body is constantly reproducing new red blood cells to replace the old cells. Who does it affect? Sickle-cell is most common in people of an African or Caribbean family background. It can also affect people of Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean descent. What are the symptoms? Anaemia Shortness of breath and lung problems An increased risk of infections Painful crises A reduced oxygen flow to joints and organs, resulting in the need for treatment l Increased risk of strokesDelayed growth in children What are the triggers? Infection Dehydration Stress Over-exertion The weather and temperature What are the treatments? Keeping hydrated Painkillers when the pain starts Keeping warm Daily antibiotics to reduce infections. As the blood cells keep breaking dow, the spleen is overworked and doesn’t fight infections well. Medicine called hydroxycarbamidBlood transfusions if required The only cure for sickle cell disease is a stem cell or bone marrow transplant,. These treatments can carry high risks and therefore are not undertaken very often . For anyone who has the disease self-management is vital. Hydrate, reduce excretion, keep warm and rest!