There is a feature to include links to other websites and blogs etc. within your blog but it seems to be very well hidden when you don’t have access to the admin page of the blog. I thought I would create a page to include links which I am interested in or would like to promote or suggest to people. These are not all going to be IBD related. Some of the descriptions of the other pages or blogs are largely based on the outlines included on the pages themselves.
I would like to draw attention to the archaeology blogs as they are all by friends of mine and I would like to support them as best I can.
As well as the archaeology blogs there is also ‘You who have been seeking’ which I would like to draw attention to also. This is by one of the same archaeology bloggers and another blog I would like to support.
All the IBD relate youtube video links are made by Americans, this is not a criticism. I have not conducted extensive searches of youtube to find videos by people from other countries concerning IBD. I am sure they are out there and can be just as informative and helpful as the ones I have included. These videos are some of the first I found, they are clear and provide helpful advice so I decided to include them. I do not have a stoma bag but I did have a temporary stoma so I was curious to find videos about people’s experiences with them. I must admit that some of my internet searches related to IBD and various ways of treating it and coping with it were often fairly limited and very basic. At times when my symptoms were very bad I did not feel like trawling the internet to find obscure and alternative treatments being promoted by quacks and people who seem to regard modern medicine with deep mistrust and suspicion. In case I haven’t mentioned I like modern medicine it has helped me out a lot throughout my life as I am sure it has helped all of humanity. Anyway thankfully some of my friends were very helpful and sent me links to some treatments or blogs that I may find helpful. Unfortunately and to my shame I can’t remember all links. Also in regard to any health links always consult your doctor before undergoing any new treatment or diet. Doctors are always looking out for the best interest of their patient, they want to help.
Creativity in the European Bronze Age: A blog by one of my friends about her PhD. It is mainly concerning creativity through the use of ceramics in the European Bronze Age. It is a PhD so there is a lot more going on and I am sure my description is wrong on many levels.
Digital Dirt Virtual Past: A blog by one of my friends about her PhD. “Blogging the Tears and Triumphs of an Archaeological Illustrator.” The blog focus on the use of digital reconstruction as a tool for research and interpretation in archaeology. Even if you don’t like archaeology there are some great illustrations and images on this blog. I hope that doesn’t sound dismissive of the written content which is very good.
Lived Experience at Bodiam, Scotney and Ightham in the later Middle Ages: Yet another archaeology blog by a friend about her PhD. The purpose of this blog is to record the experience of producing the models and document within the projects. The blog will then be used as a basis to write up the process of producing the models and my decisions.
Ice Age Island: Ice Age Island is a project aimed at studying the traces of ancient human occupation and the geological record stretching back hundreds of thousands of years. These will be studied through new research and fieldwork. It will deliver new understanding of the island’s deep past and share this research with scientists and the public, enhancing the presentation of Jersey’s already considerable heritage and natural history resources.
BOOKS, FICTION, CREATIVE WRITING
Archaism: Speculative fiction. With a penchant for bad puns, unobvious connections and incomplete lists. This is another blog by a friend of mine.
Spooky Reads: Horror, supernatural and weird book reviews.
Alternative Remedies for UC: Before trying any of these talk to your doctor.
Charis Kirk: I have only watched the video for ‘Exercise with an ostomy belt’ but seeing as that video was pretty good I thought I would put a link to all the videos she has done. As with Outpatient 83 she is American so some stuff she talks about may not apply to the UK or other countries. Also as I mentioned above your first port of call regarding surgery, ostomy care or anything related to IBD should be you doctor.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Ulcerative Colitis: Before trying any of these talk to your doctor.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK: The home page for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Providing information on IBD, support groups, volunteering, research etc.
Herb Wisdom: Personally I did not notice much benefit to adding flaxseed or linseed to my diet but some people refer to it as a miracle cure. I am not going to refer to it as a miracle cure as I do not really like this term as one person’s cure could be another person’s poison. Some forms of flaxseed are much harder to eat than others, this is due to taste. I found flaxseed worked best with porridge (preferably ground up). Rapeseed oil is another recommendation as a dietary treatment for IBD. Rapeseed oil as with flaxseed/linseed oil can be added while cooking or to salads. I did find a recommendation somewhere for taking a spoonful of flaxseed oil on its own in the morning. I would not recommend this.
Meningitis UK: An organisation that I should get more involved with as meningitis played a fairly major role in my life at one point!
Outpatient 83: This is a link to the youtube page of a young man in America who has an ileostomy and a stoma bag. Some of the stuff he discusses is very related to the American health care system and what they provide. I am including it because the videos are informative and clear and he provides a positive look on life with a stoma bag and provides some useful advice about coping with a stoma bag when out and about. He provides good advice but your first port of call regarding surgery, ostomy care or anything related to IBD should be you doctor.
Sara Ringer: I have only watched the video called ‘J-Pouch: Life with an ileo-anal pouch & your questions answered!’ I found this useful and she spoke about her issues in a very open and honest way, which I liked. From her page she seems to have loads of videos and has definitely put a lot of hard work into promoting awareness about IBD. Again there may be some stuff which is only applicable to America and also your doctor or health care professional for be the first person you consult on the subject of IBD.
MIND and SPIRIT
Mind Body Green: I haven’t been on to this sight for a while but I remember it being pretty good if you are feeling down. A friend told me to go there referring me to an article talking about depression. From what I remember it is pretty good for giving you a metaphorical slap around the face about feeling sorry for yourself.
You who have been seeking: A blog by a very good friend of mine. It was started as a way of blogging about how experiences as she started training as a yoga teacher. It has become more than that and at times is very open and confessional and wonderfully written.
Black Arrow: my bands myspace page. We haven’t updated it in a while due to me being out of action for about two years but we are getting back to work and there are some tracks form our first album. We can also be found on facebook.
Neil McCormick: I found this blog after recently watching Killing Bono which is based on Neil McCormick’s memoir Killing Bono: I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger. I have only read a few of the reviews and pieces on his blog and I like his writing style. The film of Killing Bono is also quite fun especially if you enjoy music, have been in a band or like the actor Ben Barnes. The film also has the last cinematic performance from Pete Postlethwaite so if that is not an incentive to watch the film I don’t know what is! At some point I should get round to reading the book as well.