My youngest is really going through the mill with it, and my eldest hasn’t had it yet so I can predict EXACTLY how my August is going to pan out. Send sympathy please. Anyway, I’ve still got some brilliant posts to share with you all this month.
First up is another one from Faye over at Glossytots. I’ve featured her in my round-ups before, but she’s written the most brilliant set of posts on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as part of her Fertility Files collection. In this post, she dispels quite a few myths and shares her experience of symptoms. She ends her post by urging women not to suffer in silence and I really think that’s so important.
Next is Gail from Wellies on the School Run. She was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and has struggled to manage her symptoms as her life has become increasingly demanding. How often is it the case that we occupy a million different roles and spend much of our time utterly exhausted, just assuming that it’s part and parcel of being a parent? Gail talks about the various tests that she has taken, as well as making changes to her diet and researching some herbal remedies. If you think you have the symptoms of any sort of thyroid issue, please do visit your GP.
I’ve featured plenty of posts previously around the subject of mental health awareness, which is very close to my heart. I love reading and sharing these posts and I’m sure I’ll set another theme around this soon. Lucy from Momma Mack sent me a post that she’d written for Mental Health Awareness week back in May, in which she talks about not judging others, those mums who look as if they’re effortlessly holding it all together might actually be battling with inner demons. She also mentions carrying on with her 100 Happy Days project, which I do at the start of each year – it involves taking a photo or making a note of something that makes you happy, every day, for 100 days. It definitely helps me when I’m at a low ebb and I’m glad it’s helped Lucy too.
Catherine from Spooky Mrs Green has my next pick, and it’s one that rings very true to me at the moment! It’s a lovely little post about the emotional wrecking ball that can swoop in unannounced when your children hit various milestones – in Catherine’s case, her daughter finishing Reception and shortly starting in Year 1. My emotional health is definitely taking a battering with the school days almost upon me, so it’s reassuring to read the experiences from others that are in a similar boat.
Nadine (also a wonderful editor for BritMums!) asked me if I’d like to share this post with you from her blog, Juggle Mum. When someone close to us dies, as well as the huge torrent of emotions that we may feel, there might be an element of practicalities that fall to us to arrange. I know I would have no clue about this, and so Nadine has put together a very useful and practical list of what to do when a death occurs. If you know someone who is going through a bereavement at the moment, it’s also a really valuable post for knowing how to offer help and condolences.
Emma from Ready, Freddie, go! is next. Emma talks about the routine pregnancy scans that women in the UK have at 12 and 20 weeks, and how Ventriculomegaly (the enlargement of the ventricles in the brain over 10mm) was detected as part of a trial MRI scan that she had as part of a clinical study in her second pregnancy. I know that after all of my scans, I was always simultaneously reassured by how thorough they were, as well as being worried that they may have missed something. Thankfully, her little boy seems to be very happy and healthy, but her post definitely raises a few questions as well as being hugely informative about the condition.
My last post this month comes from Emma, at Me and B Make Tea. It’s about the Meningitis B immunisation, which isn’t currently free for all children despite meningitis being the main cause of death in children aged five and under in the UK. It’s exactly that statistic which promoted my husband and I to make the decision to immunise our daughter, then three. It’s costly, and is booked privately, so instantly it’s not accessible to all families. It’s a very emotive and thought provoking post, and I really hope that a few years down the line, all children aged 18 and under are entitled to receive the jab with the NHS.
For my August round-up I’d really like to gather posts around going back to school, or starting school, and all the weird and wonderful health concerns arising from that. My eldest starts Reception in September and so I just know that once we’re over the inevitable chicken pox, she’ll be bringing home a fresh waves of germs and, gah, head lice. So, please email me your links at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop me a tweet over on Twitter – I’m @mousemoo_metoo.