It isn’t just the UC that is tough to live with, the illness comes with so many other things attached to it; the side effects of meds, the stress that your body is under from the constant worry that remission is far far away, or what the next steps your doctor wants to take could possibly be. I’ve found that there are a few things that make it just that little bit more bearable. When I’m feeling rubbish I tend to turn to internet shopping; a very dangerous game but totally worth it! Seen as I’m always sat in my pjs on the sofa feeling like my insides hate me, all I want to do is treat myself. And why not?!
So here are a few things to make it just that little bit better.
Prednisolone is a tricky little drug that has left me with a lot of nasty side effects! I’ve found that my face has decided to become hyper sensitive. It is sore, red, covered in acne and it fluctuates from being very dry to very oily. After spending hours trailing through Google I’ve found a couple of things that seem to calm it down. I turn to Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray when I need a quick fix. Now I know it seems like a waste of money to be buying what is essentially glorified water, but the brilliant thing about this product is that there aren’t any nasties in it. I have found that some moisturisers can irritate my skin even when they say they target sensitivity. This spray is soothing and calming without causing any irritation.
Twice a day I use La Roche-Posay Effaclar H moisturiser and this stuff is amazing. I got the recommendation from my local pharmacist who said that it wouldn’t help the acne, but it will take the redness/soreness down and my goodness was she right! You hardly need any to do the job, it’s so soothing and smells beautiful. It has been a miracle cream in toning down the tomato redness of my forehead and nose.
Now this was a real treat for myself! I bought Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners body oils. They come with a hefty price tag for two tiny little bottles, but they totally worth the money. Before I go to bed the last thing I do is pop a tiny little drop in a moisturiser, or just use the neat oil on my temples and pressure points. They are like your own little spa in a bottle. The Deep Relax does exactly what it says on the tin; to help relax the mind and body. Since I’ve been using them I sleep like a baby and smell like spa!
Something else that has really got to me over the last few months is hair loss. Since all the medication, the stress my body has been under and my iron deficiency, my hair falls out at an alarming rate. It is one of the most upsetting parts of all this if I’m honest; to have my hair falling out in clumps in my hands every time I touch it, or to see patches of balding is awful at 20. In a desperate attempt to try and hide this I invested in Aveda’s Thickening Tonic. It’s a little miracle in a bottle. I was close to breaking point due to how thin my hair is looking nowadays, and this little bottle of goodness has completely changed that. My hair looks so much better and I can now look in the mirror without crying!
Sometimes UC can leave me feeling a bit rubbish from time to time and all of these little treats make it so much easier to relax and feel like myself again. It is so important to indulge yourself with nice things if you have an illness that gets you down, or if you’re just looking for a way to treat yourself. Those of us that have UC or Crohn’s have to undergo so much and a nice moisturiser or beautiful smelling body oil could be that one little thing that makes you feel just that little bit better.
So go ahead and treat yourself!