What The Water Taught Me.

What The Water Taught Me.

I have lived my entire life with chronic pain but at a certain point, I stopped talking about it. Until recently, most friends could tell you my top three Kelly Clarkson songs, but not that I have arthritis in my elbows and ankle from years of internal bleeding. I have built a version of myself that hides my illness, even from those I love most.

Today is World Haemophilia Day; I am a person with severe haemophilia and I have decided to break my own silence. I want to show other people with hidden pain, disability or illness that there is power in vulnerability and you are enough just as you are.

My Health Record

My Health Record

Have you heard of My Health Record? If I were to trust my news feed on Facebook I would say that every person must have heard of My Health Record and is well informed on what it is, how it works and the change in policy to make My Health Record an opt-out system. However I know this isn't true, both because I am aware that what I see on social media is a simply reflection of my own interests (sometimes known as an 'echo-chamber') but also because I regularly see patients who have never heard of My Health Record. So let's talk about it and why it's so important that every Australian is both aware of My Health Record and understands its benefits and consequences.

This blog is a companion piece to my video, 'My Health Record', which presents a simplified version of this discussion. 

Blood Pressure: WTF?

Blood Pressure: WTF?

Blood pressure is one of the most common observations that doctors, nurses and healthcare workers will take. We put on that cuff, it tightens then loosens and we write down the results. If you’re in hospital this might be several times a day, if you’re in the community it might be every time you visit the GP. Considering we take this reading so often it’s fair to assume we would have an excellent track record monitoring and controlling a patient’s blood pressure. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case.