Even the birds are asleep…

We have achieved so much as a charity. For example: Did you know that, when we started what was to become ICP Support, no women were being diagnosed with the condition intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP)? Now, nearly all UK health professionals know that itching in pregnancy is something that needs to be investigated. Did... Continue Reading →

Star Bright

Being off work while my hip heals is reminding me of this time 31 years ago when I was on maternity leave with my first daughter, Victoria.  I can remember wishing the days away and just wanting it to all be over because I was big and uncomfortable (and itchy!). They always say, 'be careful... Continue Reading →

Hips don’t lie

This blog post is brought to you via a cocktail of very strong painkillers, so if it doesn't make sense (well, less sense than my normal ramblings make) I am blaming dihydrocodeine with the odd syringe of oramorph. As you may remember from Presentations and Patches, my hip replacement was cancelled over a slight disagreement about... Continue Reading →

Presentations and Patches

A lot has been happening since I last posted in A little bit brave. I gave another two talks on ICP. One was at the Manchester: Maternity, Midwifery and Baby Forum on 26 September. The talk seemed to go really well and you can catch it here. When I listen back I cringe at the 'ums' and... Continue Reading →

Griefology

I have three presentations about ICP (intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) to give over the next three weeks. I am honoured to be doing this and it's a great opportunity to fly the flag for our charity, ICP Support. All the talks have different themes, but it's the first that I'm finding challenging (okay, that's not... Continue Reading →

Stop Scratching!

I was with a patient this week and something that happened that made her comment: "You should write about this in your blog". And I laughed and said: "I should, shouldn't I?". So I am. This patient (I'll call her Sally) had come for her weekly appointment at the obstetric medical clinic (obs med) at... Continue Reading →

I’m not even joking

I was walking from East Acton to Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital on Friday morning and started day-dreaming about what I would do if I won the Lottery. I do this quite a lot these days because funding for ICP is becoming harder to obtain, so my daydream always starts with me presenting my professor... Continue Reading →

I got the Hippy, Hippy Shake

I've been given the date for my hip replacement.  6 October – THAT took the wind out of my sails! I kept saying to the PA, "Um... so that's the date then? The ACTUAL date?". She must have wondered what planet I was on (it's called Planet Denial). Wow. It's actually going ahead. I'm hoping... Continue Reading →

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