|Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:55 AM|
Is the NHS to blame? My answer is a big, humungous, straight up and down NO!
This news bothered me, it bothered me a great deal! The only problem is, I’ve been so busy the past 2 months, I haven’t had a chance to really write about how I feel, but the time is now. Let me get my thoughts, feelings and experience out.
Based on the fact that I have struggled with allergies for the majority of my life, have sought assistance from the NHS; I feel like I have the right and the room to speak on this topic.
I have had an awful lot of dealings with Doctors and GP’s in the UK since I was 2 years old. And even though they are there to assist; my health and my wellbeing has ultimately been the responsibility of my mum and dad. But wait one second… Then as I got older, wiser and more knowledgeable about my allergies, food and nutrition; it became my responsibility. Let me just say that again "My health and wellbeing became my responsibility!" I could end the blog right there, I think I answered the question, but I want to go a little bit deeper.
I took over from my mum and dad as I got older (in my teens to be clear) and I ensured that MY health was MY priority. One thing I know for sure, following all of my doctors appointments is that in the short space of time that you are in front of the doctor, sitting in their office, they tell you what to do, they prescribe medication and in my case creams and more creams and then they bid you farewell. That means its up to you to:-
1. Collect your prescription
2. Follow their instructions
3. Take the prescription (whether its medication or minerals such as iron)
4. Change your lifestyle and aim for optimum health
I was Anaemic (lacking Iron) for a short period of time, and it was only a short period of time because I didn’t leave my health in my Doctor’s hands. P.S. this was way back in 2014.
Before I even called my GP for an appointment, I knew/ diagnosed myself (I knew it because I was always tired, had no energy, couldn't concentrate at work, fell asleep at work and I was boring - no social life). I Googled to see what foods were high in Iron and I went to purchase Mussels, Spinach, Kidney Beans and the list goes on. I started eating these things on a daily basis (some things were already in my diet - just not every day) and 2 days after making the call, I had my appointment. It was the first time I had my blood taken in years and it wasn’t easy for the nurse to do. My veins were hiding and as a brown skin girl, they weren't easy to see. My test results came back shortly after and the Doctor called me to say I was very Anaemic. He said he had made a prescription for me to pick up and I had to have 3 high dose Iron tablets a day. I was not satisfied with that, so I continued to eat Mussels, Pumpkin seeds and Sunflower seeds, Cashew nuts, Spinach, Shrimp/ Prawns, Kidney Beans, Oats and drink Coconut water daily. I was determined to get through the prescription of Iron and never have to go back to the Chemist for a repeat. It's been 5 years and because I took my health into my own hands, before even consulting my GP, I got on top of it.
Fast forward to 2017, my heart was racing all the time, even when I was laying down and relaxing, I was tired more, I wasn't putting on weight no matter how much I tried and my menstrual cycle was slightly late a few months in a row (my body works like clock work, so I knew something wasn't right). The health of my heart is major to me, so more than just being concerned about my period being a few days late each month, I was worried about my heart. I called my Doctor, got another appointment and this time I had a blood test, and an ECG. That was the best thing I could have done to reassure me that my heart was very healthy, but what the blood test did show was that I had a Folate Deficiency. The test results didn't come back until my first few days in Florida, so I prepared and gave my GP the consent to tell my sister, so she could pass it on. As soon as I found out, I went to the Vitamin Shoppe, got chewable Folate tablets and went to Walmart to stock up on Cantaloupe melon, Lentils, Avocado, Corn, Carrots, Broccoli and more Spinach. I love all of those things, but I needed to eat them more regularly. Since then, I have had no more heart palpitations, I've put on some weight, I don't hear my heart beating as if it's outside my chest and I'm happy and healthy.
I share those two experiences with you because as a Pescetarian (which I am) Vegan and Vegetarian, you have to make sure you're getting all of the beneficial nutrients, minerals and vitamins on a daily basis because they don't stay in your body long. People think you can get more of what you need from meat, but animals get it from the greens they eat, so why don't we just eat the greens. I also shared that with you because I didn't leave my health up for chance. I didn't say "It's my Doctors responsibility to make me better." I did what I had to do immediately, in order to have a clean bill of health. I told my parents, but I didn't even rely on them to help me; I got proactive.
Now, I'm annoyed with Kerry James and Harvey Dyer, the mother and son duo because she seems to think the NHS could have done more to help her son. What should they have done Kerry? Take all the chips and chocolate out of your house and out of your 18 year old sons reach? And then what should they have done, spoon feed him a more nutritional diet? NO! He's 18 years old. And here's another humungous NO, because you're his mother and a mother of 5, why didn't you assert yourself and make sure that he was eating fruits and vegetables, or request that he improved his lifestyle, his diet and have vitamin supplements. The doctor is right by saying that it's his responsibility.
His mum said the following:
"We were offered the milkshakes and things like that.
“But at the time you weren’t able to take it all and I think she actually said to him, ‘Look you are getting older now and you need to take responsibility and you need to eat these foods'.
“But Harvey physically couldn’t do it. It was hard."
I understand that Harvey has ADHD and is Autistic, but that's even more reason for him to have a better diet. Allowing him to eat chips, Quavers, Wotsits and Dairy Milk for every meal, and let me not fail to add that she purchased and brought into the home those items, has meant that since the age of 2 she has contributed to his malnutrition. That same malnutrition, led him to be blind in his left eye. Going blind is not nice, I value my sight, being sick is not nice but we have to do better and we can't pass the blame. By the power of the human body and the grace of God, it's not too late for Harvey. He can change his diet if he wants to, he can start taking vitamin supplements and his health and vision can turn around. No more chocolate and crisps.
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