Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Sun, Sea & Sand.

I am off on holiday today - to Turkey! It's an eastern european country that has lots of sun, lots of beaches, lots of sunsets and mostly lots of relaxation. I am cannot wait!!! I will be back in a week to give you an insight to what shall be a very lazy holiday =)

I know a lot of bloggers have done this so I thought I would do the same. If there is anything else you would like to know about me just leave a question and I will answer it. It's that simple. You ask and I will happily answer on any topic =)

I cannot believe it is the end of August already - can you?!

Ben sizi guzeli ve buyuk bir hafta!!!

Lots of lovely love.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Are you Flaw-less?

Hello all =)

I am never one to admit I have flaws or insecurities because they just make me feel - rubbish. It is a no go area.

However, at work earlier I saw this book one of the residents was reading. It was called 'Having Flaws leaves you Flawless.' It basically discussed that every once in a while we should all say what our flaws, insecurities and imperfections are to make us realise we are all human. At first I was really skeptical because I kind of find it de-humanising and reduces self esteem in a way. Yet, this book explains that realising 'we are all in the same boat' actually empowers us to accept ourselves more. Whether little or big we all have the ability to admit we aren't as 'perfect' as we or society try to be...

So I am going to give it a try:

  • I over-analyse everything. The whole 'why hasn't he called me yet?' routine has been played multiple times.
  • I always read the last page of a book, even if it ruins the story.
  • I hate my thighs! They are flabby and feel like jelly when running.
  • I don't exercise as much as I like people to think.
  • I tend to swear or curse more than usual. =(
  • I can never find jeans that fit 'just right.'
  • I am concious of how my hair looks all the time.
  • I have the uncanny ability to speak before I think.
  • I hate to admit I am wrong.
  • I hate it when people talk about how amazing their relationships are as it just highlights I haven't found 'Mr Right' yet.
  • I am not a good driver and never will be.
  • I am a type A personality to the tee - such a perfectionist.
  • I am OCD about cleanliness, angles and things being alphabetical.
  • I love my memory and penalise myself if I forget a birthday, anniversary or anything.
  • I like to give too much and it hurts when it isn't reciprocated.
Yet there is just one thing...

Can any of you relate?
What are your flaws?

Monday, 17 August 2009

Obama's Health Reform - Yes/No?

Firstly, before setting out and reading this post I am in no intention of offending anyone. I am not American. Obama is not my president and I will not be affected largely by this policy. I would like this to be a public forum where one another's opinions are respected. I have researched as much of Obama's reform as possible and there is too much to point out (this man likes to talk! lol). I have recieved many emails and messages from you and people I have never met asking for my thoughts. So I am just going to talk about the healthcare in the UK and some basic knowledge that I know of as I know Obama has likened it to our healthcare policies.

Also, if any bloggers are from outside America how does your healthcare system work?!

I am a fairly socialist person and I have always been in favour of socialism. I hate the conservative party here in the United Kingdom and their policies are very similar to the republicans in the USA. Although, there is one thing I am very happy about and that is both political parties here believe that healthcare should be entirely free and if we want to take out private medical insurance we can, but we pay for it ourselves.

This is the jist of what I make out from the reform Obama is trying to set in motion:

Positives - Everyone would recieve healthcare that is affordable, the reform will save each family around $2500 a year, everyone would get the medications that they need, more money for technology, research and advancing care.

Negatives - It will cost a lot of money to do this - around $65 billion a year I found, there may be increased wait times for appointments e.g. scans etc because of the widespread coverage anticipated, insurance companies may go under and not very many benefits to the elderly.

I have very mixed emotions as the positives sound brilliant and the negatives look pretty grim - as with all political bills. I have two family friends who have moved back from the States because they simply could not afford their healthcare plans, even though they were the cheapest. There is also a client I see regularly who comes just to the UK from the the States for his medical checks every six months because it saves him $3000 a year - even with visa, flights etc.

My work friend Natasha was involved in a car accident in Colorado. She serverly fractured her ankle and when she arrived in ER they wouldn't see her until she produced her documents. She had to wait in the reception area with a bone sticking out for her ankle, in absolute agony, whilst her friend took the hour's journey to her home to get her health plans. All the medical team did was put a blanket over her ankle so it wouldn't scare other people. Is that responsible? Is that deemed efficient healthcare? Because I think that is disgusting.

My next door neighbour's aunt is receiving chemotherapy in Washginton at the moment. Her health plan doesn't cover her next lot of treatment and she cannot afford to increase it. So she is now awaiting palliative care as they cannot treat her cancer any longer unless she can raise funds privately to pay for it. I cried my eyes out when I heard this. This woman is dying but she can be saved?!

I do not want to base this solely on indivudual experiences that I know of. I know that when American healthcare is done well it is outstanding. Far better than what we have in the UK but I feel these stories should be fiction not fact.

Here in the United Kingdom we have the National Health Service and I could not live without it! I could not be more thankful that I can go to a hospital appointment, get a prescription, be admitted to a ward, have surgery etc and it be completely free of charge at that moment in time. It does sound too good to be true doesn't it?!

It has its flaws and it does cause debt but it saves lives by the millions. Everyone who is employed over here pays national insurance tax monthly. If you are unemployed then it is taken off the benefits you get. The more you earn the more you pay - which I do feel is justified because if not there would be no such thing as good healthcare to me. I have cared for insanely rich people (very jealous! lol) and people who earn more than the average. All have said they are so thankful that the NHS operates as it does, because even though they have private medical plans if an emergency happens they cannot call their insurance company to sort out something immediately - it takes time and in many cases time is of the essence!

Within the NHS here we have the 18 week rule. This means from the moment you go to your doctor about any problem and it needs further assessment e.g. scans, surgery etc then the government have 18 weeks for it all to be cured or treated successfully within. If it does not happen then this is an NHS breach and then we have access to free private medical treatment. This rule works brilliantly and I hardly see any breaches in the trusts I and others have worked for.

I know I am not in the know like many of you are. I am not completely slamming the republicans view either. This reform is very exspensive! Although when Palin said the reform was 'evil' I was taken aback by it. I know I haven't covered half of Obama's health reform policy but I just wanted to share with you what a complete outsider to America is thinking. I am not saying I am correct but I am not misguided either. My healthcare policy here at home has saved my life - literally. Healthcare to me is not about how much a person pays, whether they have their documents at hand or selecting who recieves what type of care or not.

In many ways I do agree with this reform and I do think it will have a lot of benefit. I can completely see how this is scary. Obama wants a complete overhaul and I do not blame opposition to this.

So...Do you fix the old or go with the new?

Thursday, 13 August 2009

These are a few of my favourite things...

I love the title of this post as it comes from my favourite movie The Sound of Music. However, I saw this post on Callie's blog a few days ago and loved the idea. These are 10 of my top favourite things..

1) Family - It goes with saying that without them I wouldn't be here today. I am proud of my history, my up bringing and I love my Mum. As much as there are times I could kill them I would kill to have them in my life always.

2) Friends - I am extememly lucky to have such amazing friends. I have different circles of friends that are all so different and quirky in their own ways. I adore them and wouldn't be half the woman I am today without their laughter, friendship and trips out!

3) Nursing - It is a priviledge to be training in a career that I love. It gives me a buzz everyday and even when the days are tough I know that there will be days that are great. I never thought I would learn such gifted skills by such special people. Everyday is a different story and I don't want it to ever end!

4) My pink mobile - It is my favourite accessory. I don't live on my phone but it sure has helped me in some sticky situations. People have something in their life that they change quickly like perfumes, shoes, jeans etc well mine are mobiles. I have about two different phones every year! It is the only gadjet I like to have completely updated. I am getting a blackberry soon as I am getting outdated on this pink thing.

5) Being British - I am proud to be British, sure we have our faults like all other countries. I love the places, the scenery, the health service (we are very lucky to get it free!), the music scene and mostly it's history. I do not like having a royal family but I love living here. I am proud to call it my home and I always will.

6) Having a driving liscense - I will not show a picture but it's reddish/pink (I think more pink). The freedom it has given me and trips out with my friends have all added to such happy memories.

7) Giving blood/ Charity - I will do anything to help raise awareness and money for charities. One of my biggest life lessons is that there are always people worse off in life. I give blood every 16 weeks and I have seen it directly save lives. It is amazing what we can do...

8) My blog - I love love love having a blog and it is one of my favourite things to do in my spare time. The community, support and laughs other bloggers have given me have been a real boost to my self esteem. I never thought I would get into it as much as I thought I would.

9) Perfume - I heart perfume and I believe that when you smell good you feel more confident. My favourite perfume is Paul Smith - London but I also love my Dior mini luxuries collection. I love sweetly scented perfumes that are long lasting and yummy! One of my favourite sayings is 'Your smelling yummy today!'. It is always top of my xmas and birthday wish list.

10) Birthdays! - I don't just love my birthday but any of my family or friends birthdays. I love having a day that is solely about you or spoiling them (if I can), celebrating with them, eating cake and singing happy birthday. On most occasions a sentence will start off as 'Do you remember on so and so's birthday when...blah blah...happened, it was so funny.' They often create some of the best memories to laugh back or smile fondly on.

Lou Lou's 21st Birthday - July 2009.

So what are some your favourite things? I now have the song on repeat in my head lol.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

A question answered is a question shared.

Every weekend I do community nursing work in my area and I love it! In particular there is this one client who I adore. She lives a very quiet life with very little family. She is quirky, cute and darn right adorable =).

Whenever I go and re-dress her leg ulcers we play her question and answer game. It is her way of getting to know her carers and I find it rather sweet that I can play games with a 70 year old and know that neither of us can lose haha!

All she does is ask me questions like what is your favourite colour, food, shop etc. She has such an amazing memory and everytime she sees something yellow she goes 'that's your favourite colour love!'

This week she recieved some upsetting news which I will not delve into but it reflected in her questions she asked me today. She asked what I thought about love, family but the one that I could not answer was this one. (She asked me to finish off the sentence or missing word.)

Life is...

It may sound odd to say but I just couldn't think of an answer because 1) there are so many and 2) it sounds weird but I wanted it to be correct lol. In the end I told her I would get back to her and she said I was allowed to throw it over to the game next week - arrr I heart her lol!

As I was driving home I saw some children in the park who had made their own obstacle course and that's when I realised the end of my sentence. The answer:

Life is full of constant challenges.

Which is so true that it doesn't even require explanation. It is there 24/7. So I am going to throw this 'game' over to you. Answer the above question and how it is applicable to how you see life through your eyes. I will be telling her your answers next week - I know it would make her day to hear that 'her game' has gone online lol!

Talk soon xo.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Calendar Girl Catch Up.

To sum up my summer so far it can only be described in two words.

Hectic and Busy.

I had one hell of a journey with July - so much to the point I didn't know whether I was coming or going haha! I couldn't wait for July to be over which is never like me because I never wish for any summery month to end lol. Who does?

This is my July segment from my Calendar. I had fun doing the fun things but so happy to turn over to the next page. Click to enlarge.

I was pleased to flip my calendar over to August and see this. I don't think I have ever smiled and breathed a sigh of relief at such emptyness because it just scream at me this:

Summer Time!

Do you ever have months where you cannot wait for them to end?!

Hope your're having a great Summer!

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