As a long time sufferer of headaches and pain in genera I’ll try anything to get some relief.
My fave concoction at the moment is lemongrass and peppermint tea combined. It sounds a bit strange but I just put a peppermint bag and a lemongrass bag in the cup with some honey and add water. It tastes nice too even if it is a touch medincinal.
My free advice: have a tea cupboard.
We use these
Tea has all sorts of nice properties to heal and comfort. I also love this mix for calming busy brains and would recommend it to anyone who needs to sleep.
If you don’t like hot drinks thed make them up and fridge them.
Now to post this and enjoy mypainkiller!
PS: please don’t sue! I love making people’s lives better which includes my own. I’m not medically qualified but have built up some knowledge with the use of books and internet and also talking to holistic therapists.


Audio Post

April 13, 2013

Long time

May 9, 2012

I just wanted to let you know where i hang out most lately. First there’s Twitter, which i love for its sheer scope. Reach me there here

Audioboo which is a platform for recording and sharing audio. A bit like Youtube but for audio: speech, music, podcasts, whatever. take a look over here to keep up with my life.
Thank you.

Reference with Braille

December 16, 2011
I hope you take something from this.

a cool cooking tip

November 13, 2011

You know those pesky packs of meat and stuff you get from the supermarket that only have grill instructions?
There is a way to convert those into oven instructions.
Low, Middle or High heat on a grill equates to about 180ºC, 200ºC and 220ºC. So set the oven to the required temperature, then add an extra 3-5 minutes. You should be able to use normal methods to work out when they are done.
Here’s hoping you have lots of success.

crawling forward

September 17, 2011

I am another step closer to getting my powered wheelchair.

After much wrangling between my Rehab worker and the Nottingham Mobility Centre I was very pleased to receive a visit from a Rehab Engineer  yesterday morning.

The visit was very quick and painless, and went some way to reassuring me  that I might – eventually – get my new wheels. I thought there would be questions about my bungalows state of tidiness – or lack there of – and wondered whether the gaps between furniture would create any problems. Luckily,  the gentleman allayed my fears  and said that usually furniture  is left to the individual, but they do recommend de-cluttering if there is too much in  a room. This is good, as our living-room is quite small, and the number of ways furniture can be rearranged are finite.

So, the visit happened, everything was declared to be ok and good to go and all that stuff, and so the next stage  will be  a  “driving test” around cones and that kind of thing, to see if I can safely use a powered chair. At first I will only be tested  for an indoor chair, but then if I can prove  I’m safe enough they will assess me for an indoor/outdoor chair later.


In similar news, a team from the Adaptations Agency came today. They are part of the City Council and are responsible for  making sure homes are made usable to the people who live in them. There was a housing officer and a surveyor working together, which was cool because it meant they could talk things through from different angles etc. Needless to say, I wasn’t sitting  quietly while they discussed my new bathroom: I used a good portion of my day’s energy propping myself up near the door so I could hear what was going on and interject where needed.

This is all for now, I’m stupidly tired and have to take meds before I can sleep: but over the next few days, I’ll write about my holiday and all the stuff that happened there.

one step forward

August 7, 2011

Earlier this year, I went to the Nottingham Mobility Centre to be assessed for a wheelchair. I’ve been able to obtain my own chairs now for a couple of years, but never been able to have one that’s properly “fitted” for my size and weight etc.

At that appointment, I was flatly denied a powered chair, citing my lack of vision. This is totally backwards, as there are a number of people I know personally who have powered chairs and are successful with them.

On Monday, I went to the  Disabilities Living Centre with my Mobility Officer. The aim was to try out a power chair and use their training room to see if it could be done safely with no vision.

I should perhaps explain how it is I get about:

The first thing I do is put the breaks on, then flip the footplates out to the sides or take them off.

The second thing I do is flip up the cushion so it sits behind my back.

Then, I sit in the chair with my feet on the floor, put my right hand on one wheelrim  and stretch my long white cane out in front of me in my left hand. Next, I release the brakes,  and while pulling myself along with my feet, use  my right hand to provide extra power and direction, and explore my surroundings with the other.

I can use two hands to propel (both rims); but I’m not as steady I don’t think, and I also tire more easily.

Getting a wheelchair was the best thing  I could have done for myself.

I Was going for pretty much two hours, and by the end I was told I looked safer in the power chair than I did in  my manual one.

I am attempting to reign in my inner child, but its very hard work when all I want to do is stick up some fingers.

Now the next step is to see if there is actually any written guidance to say that a power chair user must pass a sight test in order to get one, and also whether this applies to ones you can buy yourself etc.

I really enjoyed the experience and can see myself rolling around my local area and in my house without much of a problem. I really think it will revolutionise the way I  move around.

I also want to speak to other wheelchair users with sight problems, to see how they manage.

This piece has been written over a couple of days, so I hope it flows ok.

Your comments will be really helpful to me, so if you are, or know someone who is a blind wheelchair user then please let me know.