Going Coffee & Caffeine Free

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The last cup of coffee I drank was on the 21st December 2015. I remember it well as it was my most craved after cup of coffee after enduring the hospital version of the beverage for the previous few days. Little did I know at the time that I was going to make it my ...

A Merry Christmas Balloon Story

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One of the things I learnt quickly about being in hospital is that having a sense of humour gets you through a lot of the experience. They do say laughter is the best medicine, and granted it does help, but I can also tell you that it's not as good as a morphine drip. Laughter ...

Goodbye To Mr Grumpy

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I can't remember the first person who referred to me as Mr Grumpy, but I think it started when I was affiliate blogging here on One Little Duck. Now being called a name by peers/friends/acquaintances can be taken in one of two ways - either it can be taken as an insult or it can ...

Attack Of The Crohn’s – Part 3

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According to The NHS website, "Crohn's Disease (CD) is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system". There's no known cure but it can be managed. So after being diagnosed with something like this there's naturally a lot of questions going through your head: What happens next? What can I ...

Attack Of The Crohn’s – Part 2

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Across the hospital ward was an older gentleman. He looked across at me, smiled and nodded. The kind of smile and nod that old folk give youngsters to let them know all would be fine. I smiled back trying hard to ignore the porridge falling out of his mouth and the fact his pyjamas had ...

Attack Of The Crohn’s – Part 1

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Given the choice between waking up in a hospital's high dependency unit or a luxury room in a Mid-Wales spa hotel, most people would opt for the latter. Unfortunately - and as it happens fortunately - for me, back in December 2015 I got the former - and never has the phrase "that escalated quickly" ...

Guess Who’s Back – Back Again!

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After a hiatus of five years and two false starts, the One Little Duck blog returns. This is about 12 months later than I'd originally considered, but 12 months ago I probably wasn't fit enough. First and foremost going forward this will not be an "affiliate blog". From hereon this is now my personal blog ...