Hospital blunders are irritating at the very least and sometimes downright dangerous.

I had no real experience of hospitals until I gave birth to my first child. At one of my first appointments, my records were muddled up with someone of the same name. Understandable perhaps as quite a coincidence that someone with the same name as me should be pregnant at exactly the same time as me in such a small country town.

With my third child, I was told by a midwife that after spotting late in pregnancy, his view was that I should never have left hospital until I gave birth. All was well in the end and I delivered a bouncing 11 and a half pounder!

My husband has really suffered due to hospital blunders. He has 3 forms of psoriasis which is unsightly and leaves him embarrassed and often in extreme pain. After decades of various treatments he was given injections which made the condition really manageable and reduced the scaling to almost nothing. When we moved between hospital areas, the injections stopped and he is now as bad as he ever was although fortunately has lobbied and is now back on the injections. My husband wrote to anyone who would listen which helped but not every person feels capable of doing that.

With both my late parents, I felt mistakes were made both clerical ones leading to lack of check-ups after major illness and my poor Dad falling due to lack of staffing during the night. I don’t think it is right that other elderly patients had to pick him up and get him back to bed.

If things are to improve, there needs to be a culture of openess that investigates concerns and learns from mistakes made.

Have you experienced hospital blunders? Was medical negligence at play or was it just a case of extremely stretched resources? Perhaps those two are linked.

Infographic: Hospital Blunders

An IPhone 6 is a great thing to own but are you protecting yours?

Would you like to win a IPhone 6 cover and screen protector?


I have a fun giveaway for you where you can win a IPhone 6 cover of your choice from Tech 21.
This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over only.

The winner will be sent a voucher code that covers the cost of one phone case and one screen protector only. The code works by shopping on the website as normal, then entering the code as you go to pay.

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Give me a break. Bladder weakness is a sign that you have earned your stripes as a woman. So I thought I would share my ode to female incontinence.

It’s everywhere and nowhere, lady,
That’s where it’s at
Women won’t talk about it
but they know where it’s at
Giving up across this country
and feeling flat
Saying everything is groovy
When it’s owt but that!

And it’s hi-ho panty lining
Anywhere you go now, lady
I see your eyes are shining and you can board the bus
Cos you’ve got life sussed

Wees are in your knickers, lady
You’re just like me
You have got your age and family,
Only nothing’s for free
Bladder’s a-gonna get you someday,
Just wait and see
So pop on your Tena Lady
And celebrate with me

And it’s hi-ho panty lining
Anywhere you go, well, lady
I see the sun is shining and your’re one of us
If bladder weakness you discuss

At home or away, I rely on Tena Lady and strongly suspect if I asked you to “Lend me a Tena!” you might have one in your bag too. Like I say it means you have your stripes!


TENA Lady are the UK’s number one female bladder weakness brand. Their recent survey into bladder weakness found up to half of all British women (47 per cent) have experienced bladder weakness so I think we need to talk about it more. Let’s raise awareness and reduce stigma.

Check out the TENA website for more information and free product samples.

Life Love and Dirty Dishes
Prose for Thought

Are you one of those people who knows where their boiler is, but aren’t quite sure how it works?


You might know that it is responsible for heating your home, and you can change the temperature by twisting a dial, but would you know what to do if it started to make strange noises or if the pilot light went out?

If the answer is no, then maybe it is time you got to know your boiler a little bit better. Rix Petroleum helped answer some of my questions.

Why do I need to understand my boiler?

The simple answer is that without it, your life would be a lot more uncomfortable. Your boiler is the brain of your central heating system, and without it you wouldn’t have access to
warm water or snug temperatures. Therefore, it is important for your well-being that you are able to use your boiler correctly and can identify when there is something wrong.

As fuel costs rise, it is also vital that you know how to efficiently control your system — being in the know can keep your heating bills down and your carbon footprint low.

What exactly does my boiler do?

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, more than 90% of homes in the UK are equipped with a central heating system, which means that almost every home in the country has a boiler. It is one of the most important parts of the system, and is responsible for heating up the water that runs through the pipes and radiators in your home, as well as supplying hot water to your taps and shower.

To be able to heat the water, your boiler has to burn a fuel such as gas, oil, LPG, coal or wood. The majority of central heating systems run on mains gas, but other fuels can be used for those homes that are not connected to the system.

What type of boiler do I have?

If you have had a new boiler installed or live in a home built after 2005, there is a very good chance you have a condensing boiler, which are a lot more efficient than older non-condensing boilers. Even if you live in an older home, there is a chance that the previous occupants may have updated the heating system in the past. By law, all new boilers installed in the UK must now be a condenser model, unless there is a good reason why one can’t be installed.

You can check the government’s Planning Portal page on boilers and heating for more information.

If you are not sure if you have a condensing boiler, you can check the manual and other documentation which should indicate what type it is. If you don’t have the manual at hand, have a look at the boiler for a manufacturer and model number and try an internet search to find the product information.

Conventional or combi boiler?

To make matters more confusing, boilers can also be divided into several subcategories, however, the two most common types of boiler are conventional and combi boilers. Conventional boilers use a storage tank, where the water is heated. Once the water is used, there can be a delay while the tank fills up again and reheats. As they require a water tank, conventional boilers tend to take up a lot more space, with the tank often being located in the loft of the house. This can make maintenance more complex and take up space that could be utilised for storage.

On the other hand, combi boilers supply and heat water directly from the mains, negating the need for an extra tank. This also means that hot water is unlimited, so you won’t find yourself being tortured with freezing temperatures halfway through a shower.

Which of the two are better? Well, a combi boiler has many more advantages than a conventional boiler, and you don’t often hear about people switching from a combi to a conventional system. If you are thinking about updating your boiler, then switching to a new combi system may be well worth your consideration.

You can find out more about the intricacies of switching to a combi boiler in this in-depth guide from The Greenage.

Getting to know your boiler options makes sense. How well do you know your boiler?

Nutriseed superfoods are aficionados, creating all-natural, raw, nutritional goodies by hand.


On my healthy eating journey, I want to try new things and am going to try different ingredients and report back on how myself and the family find them.

Nutriseed have a huge range of ingredients that are commonly used in smoothies. However many of their offerings are new to me so I am looking forward to experimenting and learning more.


Nutriseed tell me:

Ashwagandha Root, is an adaptogen that has been used for thousands of years for its stress relieving, restorative abilities and aiding in sleep. This adaptogenic effect has also been shown to have a moderating effect on thyroid activity, decreasing activity in instances when it is overactive, and stimulating it when under active. Due to its high level of antioxidants, it has also been known to help protect the brain and nervous system, and improve mental function, and also aid in endurance sports.

This interests me as I drive myself too hard sometimes and find it difficult to switch off.

Camu Camu, a berry from the Amazon is known to have 60 times the amount of Vitamin C as an orange, increasing serotonin levels in the brain and also aiding the immune system too. This is great alternative to Vitamin C supplements, and is all-natural too.

This appears to have mental and physical wellbeing benefits

Maca Root, famed for being used by Incan warriors to provide strength before battle, is also an adaptogen, and works to support the adrenal glands and the thyroid, directly lowering levels of stress. This, coupled with the fact that it is a natural, caffeine-free energizer makes it the perfect go-to supplement for modern day living.

Interesting as I know I drink too much caffeine!

Chlorella Powder,a green algae that we dubbed ‘Spirulina’s Badass Cousin’ due to its densely-packed nutrients and detoxing abilities. It also manages to support hormone function, lower blood pressure and pack in twice as much protein as spinach. Too much damage in the pub? Chlorella helps to cleanse the system and gives a good protein punch too.

Well that’s a new hangover idea

Total Greens. It contains a punchy cocktail of Wheatgrass, Green Tea leaf, Ashwagandha, Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, Chia Seeds, Maca and Spirulina.


I don’t know about you but a lot of this is new language to me. I explained this to Nutriseed who were so happy to help. They sent me a package of goodies and I will let you know how I got on in coming posts. I can tell you that their superfood porridge but a huge smile on a grumpy husband’s face as he said it combined what he loves about muesli with what he loves about warming porridge. Fuelled by this wonder, I baked flapjacks using some of the Nutriseed ingredients for when he came in from work which he describes as “very tasty and moreish” That’s a great start to our Nutriseed experience right there.