My name is Kirsten (Kiz) Cooper and you'll have found The Pain Corner after seeing my blog posts about living with chronic pain floating around somewhere on the internet.
I am a medical keyworker in the UK and I am not in lockdown for the coronavirus outbreak. I still go to work every day and my job is essential. I am not frontline NHS - I am not a paramedic, a nurse, or an A&E worker. I am a clinic co-ordinator at a hospital.
I have suspected I have polycystic ovary syndrome for just under a year. I knew my periods were never normal, as a teenager. I had heavy periods, too often. When I stopped taking the pill, due to a suspected mini stroke, I thought my body was going to spring back to having a heavy period every fortnight..
The government have sent out letters to one and a half million people in England, informing them that they are in the most high risk category and that they should stay in their houses for the next 3 months. These people include those who are currently undergoing chemotherapy, the recipients of organ transplants and people with severe respiratory diseases.
These are my favourite top tips for planning a wedding with a disability or chronic illness and little things that I did to make my wedding easier for me.
Some of these are pretty obvious and self explanatory, but sometimes I think it's good to start with the basics and to make a list of your must-do items and top priorities!
I got a letter in the post explaining that I would need to prepare myself by drinking two litres of water one hour before the scan and a description of what would happen at part of the scan - a small 'wand', called a transducer, is placed a couple of inches inside your vagina to get a better picture of your insides. The procedure is painless and lasts around five minutes.
The DVLA (Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency) have had my provisional driving licence for fifteen weeks and I don't think I'm getting it back.
228 days after I stopped the pill, I had my first real period in 10 years, 207 days longer than a usual cycle.