Life: 5 things you need for an extended stay in hospital

Hey dolls! I’m still in hospital *sigh* still on more meds than I can count and still having no signs of improvement. But I figured I’d write a little post about things I couldn’t live without during my stay hospital (not including access to the Internet).

  1. A good read: I’ve been reading eat pray love since coming into hospital (I’ve seen the film rookie mistake I know but I adored it and I always find books are better than the movies so I’m hoping it lives up to my expectations) 
  2. Colouring book : I honestly don’t know where I would have been if I hadn’t had one of these little beauties (and some pens of course) I have found it so relaxing and therapeutic to get lost in colouring as sitting in a hospital bed all day gets incredibly tedious and I get restless and end up wanting to pull my hair out because I’m so bored. Luckily for me my amazing nana bear bought me a lost ocean colouring book and some pens and I have had my head stuck in it through most of the day when I start feeling like I’m going a bit mad because I have nothing to do.
  3. A note pad: Always make sure you have a note pad because if you’re like me you randomly think of recipes or tattoo ideas so I immediately want to start doodling or writing down the recipe idea so I don’t forget about it completely. And I have been making a lot of food related notes over the last couple of days. I miss cooking so much so I can’t wait to try these ideas out!
  4. Favourite magazine : I’ve been given a couple of magazines but my absolute favourite magazine that I buy whenever a new issue comes out and I even have the online subscription is SurfGirl. I love it! I’ve been a massive fan since it first came out. They always have amazing recipes, fitness articles, travel ideas,  style articles plus it’s all about girl power in the sporting field. There are always awesome interviews with amazing female surfers.
  5. Eye mask: I struggle to sleep if there is any kind of light shining through the window, glare off the TV (my sister genuinely goes to sleep with the TV on if she’s alone it’s mental) and in my room there are dim lights which are in all night so I have been extremely thankful to have remembered to bring my eye mask otherwise the poor nursing staff would have to deal with an extremely grouchy patient and I think they have enough of those.

So there you have it dolls, my 5 essentials for an extended stay in hospital. I hope you enjoyed it. 

Much love,

Paige x

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In the kitchen: king prawn linguine

Hey dolls! So obviously you’re aware from my last bloody that I’m in hospital so you’re potentially going to be inundated with random posts during my stay as I’m hoping it will be easy for me to write while I’m here. 

Anyway I was scrolling through my pictures and came across a beautiful king prawn linguine that I made a few weeks ago and I thought why not post the recipe for you all to try.

Ingredients

  • Raw King prawns
  • Spinach
  • Cherry or plum tomatoes
  • Linguine
  • Garlic oil

For the sauce

  • Chilli flakes (to your preference)
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Clove of garlic crushed

  1. So you’ll want to make the sauce first. Put the tinned tomatoes, chilli flakes (this is really to your taste if you prefer spicier then add more but I used 1tsp) and a crushed clove of garlic into a blender. Blend until completely smooth.
  2. Add the tomato sauce to a saucepan and simmer on a low heat.
  3. Into a separate saucepan full of boiling water add your linguine and cook through.
  4. In a frying pan add a small amount of garlic oil. Once the pan has been heated add your prawns and cook through until pink and delicious.
  5. Drain your pasta it put it back into the original pan.
  6. Take the sauce off the heat and add it to the pasta and mix well.
  7. Next prepare your fresh veg (slice your tomatoes in half and rinse your spinach.
  8. Add these to the pasta and mix, the spinach will begin to wilt which is fine.
  9. Finally add your king prawns and stir in to coat them in the sauce before serving.
  10. Plate up as desired and enjoy!

Much love,

Paige x

Life: Happy World IBD day

Hey dolls! So if any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been admitted to hospital. For those of you that don’t know I suffer with Ulcerative Colitis which is an iritable bowl disease and I’ve struggled with it since my late teens. 

For anyone who suffers with an IBD life can get pretty tough when you’re having a flare up. It can be physically and mentally debilitating and can leave you pretty much bed ridden. The worst part about having an IBD is that because it’s not a visible disability people assume there’s nothing wrong with you and that’s just not the case. Some days just being able to do day to day tasks is impossible.

Anyway I’ve been having a pretty serious flare up for the last 4 weeks and was on a two week course of steroids (which I demanded from my GP) as my consultant at the hospital didn’t want to prescribe anything until certain test results came back. Well at the beginning of the week I called the hospital and was told that my results came back normal… Which I knew couldn’t possibly be the case as I was still suffering really badly with it, so this news annoyed me but I continued to take my prescription in the hopes it would ease off however on the 18th I made an emergency appointment with my GP as I’d started having sharp chest pains and I wasn’t sure if this was due to the meds and wanted to be safe and get checked. Anyway that aftenoon I had a phone all from the IBD nurse at the hospital saying the last of my results came back and it was definitely a severe flare up so my consultant had booked me in for an appointment the following week. However after explaining that the steroids my GP had given me had had little effect she told me she would speak to my consultant. So I was relieved now knowing it was definitely a colitis flare up and nothing else (the big C word had started to creep into the back of my mind) now all I needed was medication that would work seeing as the almost finished course of steroids had done little to affect it. 

I had another call off the IBD nurse and she told me that she’d organised a bed for me at the hospital as they wanted to admit me that evening so I ended up leaving work half an hour early to go home pack a bag and head to hospital. I’ve never been admitted into hospital before so this had been a completely new experience. I’m on intravenous steroids plus I’m having to take other pills for different things and I’ve even been given injection in my stomach to prevent thrombosis… Today I had to go and have two X-rays one on my abdomen (the left side is extremely tender to touch) and one on my chest (because of complaining about chest pains) and I’m waiting to have a flexible sigmoidoscopy which for those of you lucky enough to have never experienced this it’s like a colonoscopy but it doesn’t look all the way around your bowel. The only memory I have of this is that they didn’t sedate me last time so it was a pretty painful experience.
Anyway dolls I realise that’s probably extremely TMI but I wanted to catch up with you as I haven’t written a post yet this week. I hope you’re all well and if you suffer with an IBD too I’d love to hear from you, how do you manage it on a day to day basis? What works best for you during a relapse? 


Much love 

Paige x

Review: Loreal Steam Pod & why I’ll never use straighteners again! 

Hey dolls! I think it’s safe to say it’s about time I did a review on something… Or anything for that matter. I didn’t realise it had be so long. But better (extremely) late than never right? Anyway let’s get to it.
Over Christmas I treated myself to the Loreal steam pod 2. My beautiful sister Coral had been raving about them for weeks and she brought them with her for me to try when she visited for Christmas. Needless to say being the frivolous spender that I am I ordered a set from LookFantastic immediately after I saw the results.

I should point out for those of you beautiful people that haven’t noticed I’m mixed raced and as a result I have very thick Afro-Caribbean hair which luckily I find easy to manage (thanks to years of looking after it and daily conditioning) but like anyone with my hair type you always long for straight hair. So you either get a weave or you chemically straighten it which just DON’T DO IT! It is incredibly bad for your hair and pretty much destroys it. It both strips your hair of the natural oils making it dry and brittle and it weakens your hair – both of these are big no no’s as I assume we all want beautiful full thick strong hair… Right? Ok good. Get yourself a weave, or you use straighteners on it.

So a little about my haircare history: After years of chemically straightening my hair I got sick of it cut it all off (that’s right I went for the Halle berry style) and I just started from scratch. It took so long for my hair to grow out and at first it was really frizzy and in pretty bad condition thanks to all those years of pouring chemicals on my head. But I started shopping around for the best products to use to get my hair. If you’d like me to do a post on what products I’m using on my hair at the moment please let me know and I’ll write a post for you all.

So my sister has been raving about her steam pod for a few weeks and I’m a naturally skeptical person so I thought “yeah yeah I’ll believe it when I see it”. Well as you can see below that the results speak for themselves.



What’s right with it?

  • Ridiculously quick to use (I’ve gone from spending the better part of 2 and a half hours using my GHDs to getting my hair done 30-40 minutes maximum.
  • Amazing results, it make my hair really straight and it feels so smooth if you have thick coarse afro Caribbean hair it gives you “white hair”
  • Less frequent need to go over hair, even if the weather’s humid my hair lasts longer without the need to re-straighten it.
  • It has 5 temperature settings depending on your hair type
  • Reasonable price if you buy it from look fantastic it’s on offer at £139 though the RRP is £185.
  • The clear pod that you fill with water is detachable which makes filling it with water much easier.

What’s wrong with it?

  • Can feel quite bulky compared to slim GHDs though not a problem if you use wide plate straighteners.
  • Steam pod doesn’t alert you when you’ve used all the water.

 

Overall I can honestly say the steampod has been the best investment purchase I’ve ever made. And I highly recommend them to everyone especially those of us with Afro-Caribbean hair. If you’re looking for new straighteners I urge you to give the steam pod a try instead, you won’t regret it.

Much love,

Paige x

In the kitchen: Cinnamon & Banana French Toast


Ingredients:

  • Thick sliced bread
  • almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 2 egg whites (1 yolk)
  • cinnamon (to your taste)
  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • agave necter
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil

 

  1.  Whisk the eggs and almond milk together.
  2. Dip your bread in making sure both sides are coated.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan
  4. Once heated add the bread to the pan, make sure bread is golden before turning and repeating on the other side.
  5. Once both sides are golden plate up and add the slice banana, drizzle in some agave necter and sprinkle the ground cinnamon on top to finish.
  6. Enjoy!

Much love,

Paige x

In the kitchen: tropical smoothie

Ingredients:

  • Mango juice (freshly made or store bought)
  • Fresh pineapple chunks
  • Pomegranate seeds 
  • Ice cubes (optional)

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender
  2. Blend together
  3. Serve in a glass (with ice if you didn’t blend it) and enjoy!

This is best served ice cold and is really refreshing.

Much love,

Paige x