Wednesday, 29 June 2016

No place for racism in the UK

After the European elections I felt staggered by all of the racist hatred which had been whipped up by the Politicians involved.

Now we are seeing what happens when these over paid and well educated politicians try to cause trouble

We don't need to listen to the likes of Donald Trump here in the UK, we have our own set of idiots involved with the BRITEX team like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, who have done so much damage now that its unacceptable to modern day society, or the society that I grew up to love and respect  
   

I feel totally sick at the treatment and abuse being thrown at the Polish community over the last few weeks.

Many ignore or forget that many Polish people came here to fight along side the troops of this country during the last world war.

Many gave their lives for this country and they have my total respect
Some stayed on and worked along the British people and were respected
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They did not come here to scrounge or demand benefits as many of our racist politicians tell us these days.

Yes they may have a different culture and like other foods, but so do the British when they go abroad either to holiday or to live.

But these people work along side British people, and they pay their taxes here, which is something that many politicians refuse to do.

They do not bank abroad or hide their money abroad well away from the British tax authorities.

Yesterday I was in Newcastle where I saw racist signs in telephone boxes, which had been ripped down, because they caused offence not just to the Polish people but also to many British people.

It was still obvious what had been written, and I feel offended that some in this country, need to do this for nothing more than pure hatred

I admit that many hate those who come to this country and who refuse to work and want benefits, but that is for the government to sort out.

Mr Blair opened the flood gates and allowed this to happen when he was in Power

He himself go rid of the barriers, and allowed anyone to enter the UK including the notorious case of the one legged roofer?
This was not the European Parliaments doing but Tony Blair.

Besides which there are hundreds of thousands of British people who have refused to work, all of their lives, yet they get away without and abuse

Over the years I have known and lived near to many Polish people as well as people from other nationalities, all of who have worked hard in this country and done their bit.

So it's time that these racists were named and shamed, in the hope that we can stop this disgusting behaviour.

The British always had pride in everything they did, but now it seems that some what to force changes.

This country was one of the worst countries in years gone by, because they invaded other countries and exploited their wealth, yet this is largely forgotten or hidden away.

This is who our commonwealth started up, and this covered vast areas of the world.

So before we complain about some coming to our country we should remember our history.

You can not exploit other people's countries, then try to stop them coming here.

Just remember that many of these politicians who talk about mass immigration, are usually immigrants from other countries themselves.

As the old saying goes, " Those living in glass houses should not throw bricks"

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bronchiectasis Foundation


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The foundation

Improving the lives of people with Bronchiectasis is central to everything we do. We want everyone with the condition to live as full and unlimited a life as possible, until we find a cure.

Being there for our community when they need us is paramount - we do this through our helpline and our online platforms. We aim in the near future to run a yearly conference to bring people together.
We are driven to make real progress towards more effective treatments a better quality of life and ultimately a cure. We invest in innovative research projects at the forefront of the field.

We also aim to make our voices heard with decision-makers within the NHS, pushing Bronchiectasis further up the health and social care agenda. The lack of awareness, late diagnosis and often years of wrong diagnosis ''Asthma in the case of many'' is simply not acceptable in the year 2016.

Who we are

We are the Bronchiectasis Foundation, the only UK Charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with Bronchiectasis.

We are here to improve awareness and understanding of this condition, to support those affected, and ultimately, to find a cure through research.

We aim to support the 100,000 people who have Bronchiectasis in the UK. Our aim is to reach out to every single person who has a Bronchiectasis diagnosis, providing them with the information and support they need.

By creating connections between people with the condition and professionals, we aim to build a motivated community that shares knowledge and support, works in partnership on research projects, and speaks up about Bronchiectasis. We have a much stronger voice together.


Our vision

Our vision is to bring together and support those effected by Bronchiectasis, raise awareness and strive to improve treatments

Our mission
Our mission is to improve the lives of everyone affected by Bronchiectasis. We do this by investing in research, improving awareness and understanding of the condition and providing information and support to all those affected.

What we do

Improving the lives of people with Bronchiectasis is central to everything we do. We want everyone with the condition to live as full and unlimited a life as possible, until we find a cure.
Being there for our community when they need us is paramount - we do this through our helpline and our online platforms. We aim in the near future to run a yearly conference to bring people together.
We are driven to make real progress towards more effective treatments a better quality of life and ultimately a cure. To invest in innovative research projects at the forefront of the field.
We also aim to make our voices heard with decision-makers within the NHS, pushing Bronchiectasis further up the health and social care agenda. The lack of awareness, late diagnosis and often years of wrong diagnosis ''Asthma in the case of many'' is simply not acceptable in the year 2016
The most important considerations for patients with bronchiectasis are the following:

1. They need to perform regular lung clearance techniques to prevent phlegm and bacteria accumulating in the lungs. Except for patients with mild bronchiectasis, this will probably need to be done once or twice a day.

2. When an infection develops, the patient needs to start antibiotics as quickly as possible as this allows the infection to be brought under control more rapidly than if the antibiotics are delayed. Most patients should therefore have a reserve course of antibiotics at home. And it is important that the antibiotics are taken for 10 to 14 days to ensure the infection is well-controlled and less likely to return when the antibiotics are stopped.

3. To help prevent infections, the patients should have an annual vaccination against flu, and be vaccinated against pneumonia. And they should never smoke cigarettes.

4. Some patients may need to take inhalers, nebulisers or continual low dose antibiotics as well.













Monday, 30 May 2016

Lovely day in Richmond

The other weekend we had a lovely day in Richmond Yorkshire where we went to the market, followed by a walk around the town, and then finished off visiting the castle built in 1071.

We travelled there on a small service bus, from Barnard Castle where we have a static caravan.

The journey takes longer than expected, but you do travel through many small and beautiful villages, and see places that would be missed or never seen if you went there by car.
To be honest it's well worth seeing these lovely villages and the countryside while you are in this area, because it shows Yorkshire as it should be seen.

The market was smaller than we expected, but the people in this area are lovely and friendly.







The castle is owned and run by English Heritage, and we decided to have a look around especially as I had taken my camera.
I never expected to climb the tower, but as it was a good day, I decided to see how far I would get, because I was feeling much better than I had been. However I did reach the top which was a surprise birth to me and my wife.
I realised that I would probably pay for this the next day, because of the effort used to climb the steps but I realised that it may well be my last chance of doing it, so why not throw caution to the wind for once.

Main hall

Looking back at the tower



The view from the top was spectacular and well worth the climb, looking down on the town and market place etc.

Staircase up

Stair way down





Looking down at ground level 


Looking down towards the market place shops and  museum
                              

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

COPD/Bronchiectasis?

I had chest problems from being a child with measles and whooping cough etc, then my mother told me that a doctor had said that I had a smokers cough at the age of four years old 

When I started working, I had asthma, which was put down to working in industry, but whether this was made worse because of childhood problems I am not sure

I then started having more and more chest infections, which I confess was confusing and distressing as I had no idea what was going on

In 2000 I was in hospital with Pnuemonia and felt really ill for a while, then things seemed to get better.

Two years later we moved back to the North East to the family home after my memory failed and I was diagnosed with early onset Lewy Body Dementia, because of which I lost my job and home through being told to retire on medical grounds

Then the chest problems reappeared with a vengeance all over again, and I was on antibiotics nearly ever winter etc. 

Eventually I was sent to see a chest specialist for assessment and things started to change, as I felt that someone was at long last taking things seriously for once

 As well as this we got a new family doctor, who started to take notice of my constant chest infections and went back through all my notes, and found that I was being hit by the same bug every time. 

I confess that after being diagnosed for chest problems, things got a bit out of hand because I was left wondering what it was,  and fearing the worst your mind goes into overdrive

A Radiologist report was sent to my family doctor, said that I had COPD, but after seeing a chest specialist at a different hospital I was told that it was Bronectasis?

I confess that I was very confused, because I did not know which to believe, and as I was not given any information about this at any stage, I felt as if I had been hung out to dry.

I was not aware that COPD was an unbrella name to cover most of these illnesses like Bronchiectasis etc, until I went to see the pulmonary nurse, and she explained it to me

But it seems that as I have Bronchiectasis as my lungs are ruined, the bug is deep seated somewhere, and has become hard to remove.

I understand that I am stick with it for the rest of my life, but just have to make get best of a bad job. 

However I think that the problem is that many people like me are diagnosed with an illness, but they are not always given the correct information to support their diagnosis, and this does not help anyone

In some cases someone to talk to would be very helpful, like a nurse trained in dealing with the subject concerned, would go a long way to supporting the patient.

Nor are they told where to go for extra information and support, so you just have to get on with it.

It's all well and good looking on line for information, but that's not as easy as you would expect.

However I like many other people, I was left to find out on my own because for there was no information about chest or lung disease at any hospital I visited

I would have thought it logical to have information like this at a chest clinic, but there was nothing.

This leads to a difficult situation when looking on line at websites because,  some of this can be confusing or misleading 

So I am hopeful that in the future, hospitals and clinics will have all of the information available for those who are there for a diagnosis.

This will lead to a difficult situation becoming easier to cope with.