Wednesday, 26 March 2008


Back in September 2006, I was diagnosed with both over-active thyroid and fibroids. I was wondering why I was loosing so much weight but gaining "a big tummy" and just put it down to stress and my exhausting trip to Northern Ghana in April 2006 as well as being a mum to a disabled daughter. 

I underwent a surgery in October 2007 to remove my thyroid and was put on thyroxin for the rest of my life.  At least, 1 pill a day is better than the 14 pills I used to take to lower the thyroid levels. 

Few months down the line, I am awaiting confirmation of another surgery to remove these huge fibroids which have been upsetting me.  I am getting fed up with waddling around and constantly being asked "when is the baby due".  The pains can be extremely excruciating as the fibroids affect the nerves (especially in my legs) so my doctor decided to prescribe Zydol ® - big mistake.  I am not one for popping pills but decided to try this medication on Saturday evening.  Well, I ended up in bed all day Easter Sunday and I have now developed a rash all over my body :(  I can't believe that a dosage of 2 capsules could do this to me.


Read more information on over active thyroid and fibroids.  Apparently, fibroids are very common in Black women compared to Caucasians (70:30).

Thursday, 13 March 2008


I am not one to rant but something got my back up this evening. Settling down after numerous visits to calm my daughter down for the night, I picked up the national newspaper to read. I am always interested in checking out the "beauty section". Alas, there is a mention of a beauty icon the Bio Oil which goes on as "It contains only herbal ingredients, has no preservatives and has not been tested on animals". Fair enough but check this ingredient listing out from the manufacturer's site:

Complete ingredients listing: Paraffinum Liquidum, Triisononanoin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, BHT (butylated hydroxy toulene), Bisabolol, Parfum, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 26100.

Not that I use this particular oil as I make my own but I ask myself time and time again, why are consumers always being lied to? Then again it is what some would refer to as marketing!!!

Tuesday, 4 March 2008


Wow, I can't believe how time has flown by. I got woken up early this morning by my son who is celebrating his 8th birthday today - it is normally, the other way round. Unlike his elder sibling, JK was 5 days early weighing in at 8lbs 8oz. As an asthmatic, I decided against the gas & air and any pain relief. I can still remember the labour pains and what my husband said to me when JK finally popped out. March is a beautiful month for babies - as you still get enough time to hopefully loose the baby weight before the summer. Both rascals were born in March (so a I am a bit biased).