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 →

January… you been hanging on me

It's a miserable day outside today, but so far, my resolution to be kinder and to stay focused on achieving a better work-life balance hasn't been affected by the weather. It's still a work in progress and despite the title of this blog post I feel quite sunny about it all! Next Saturday we have... Continue Reading →

Always a silver lining

I've woken up to 2018 feeling a bit 'meh' and out of sorts (and no, it's not a hangover). As far as New Year's resolutions go I'm not going to make any, except to say I am going to work on being kinder this year – a judgemental Facebook post on a friend's feed made... 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 →

A little bit brave

Last week I told you about how I was finding it hard to prepare a talk I was giving on the legacy of grief. I'm pleased to report that I managed to get the talk written in time. It took many stops and starts and a lot of tears, but I presented it at the... 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 →

You had one job…

When I first started thinking about registering ICP Support as a charity I spoke to the CEO of another charity to let them know what I was contemplating. Their first words were: “I hope you like fundraising because that’s what you will be doing a lot of unless you have the money to pay for... 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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