Chemist Direct everyday essentials and more

Chemist Direct are an online chemist and something I wouldn’t have considered using before now. I was excited to be given the chance to try them out, and with an online credit I was interested to see how far my money would go. I had the idea that I would see if I could get all my holiday travel essentials in one place from the Chemist Direct website. I was impressed with how easy it was to find everything on the site. There are different ways to navigate to your products, via suggestions, drop downs or the search bar. The website is super easy to use, and checkout was just as easy.

Chemist Direct are not just there for your winter medicines like cough syrup and cold remedy’s but have a vast range of your everyday essentials. The website has everything from shampoo, toothpaste and lip balm. As well as the type of products you expect from any high street Chemist. I was able to find all my family bathroom essentials, as well as a few treats and even tested out the non prescription medicines buy getting Dad’s Hay fever medication. The traffic light system means that it was easy for me to see when this part of my order had been accepted.

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There are plenty of special offers on the Chemist Direct website, and the prices were very competitive. I was particularly impressed with the prices of the hay fever tables at less than £3 for 90 days. I was very impressed by the vast range of products with both named and own brands, I was able to get a few things for our holiday back in the summer including a family first aid kit which thankfully we didn’t need. Sea Bands for the ferry crossing, which were amazing! and Athletes foot spray which we never leave behind when there is a communal pool.

Chemist Direct also stock vitamin tablets for the boy, hand cream for me, and shampoo for Dad. The best part of the Chemist Direct service was the speed of Delivery. I ordered at the end of the week, and with e-mails keeping me updated my delivery was with me by the Monday morning.  Overall I will certainly be using Chemist Direct again as it was much easier than trying to get into town for my medicine cupboard top ups. There is even free delivery on orders over £40 or free next day delivery on larger orders.

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Disclaimer we were given credit to spend in order to try out Chemist Directs service, the opinions remain our own and have not been altered.

 

 

 

 

My #RealMumsAllBran 5 day challenge

Learning to love your tummy can be part of being a busy mum. I know that I try to make sure that I have a good breakfast each morning. If I don’t my tummy is soon telling me that it is not happy, and I find myself snacking on bad foods for the rest of the morning?

I was invited to take part in the #RealMumsAllBran 5-day challenge, and was excited to find a new breakfast cereal. All-Bran now comes in 3 tasty new flavours, chocolate wheat’s, Golden Crunch and red berry crunch. The challenge to try the new All-Bran cereals for 5 consecutive days and see if it made a difference.

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The first packet that we opened of chocolate wheat’s didn’t last for 5 days as we all had a bowl, agreeing that they are very tasty and feel more like a luxury cereal than a healthy one. The boy and Dad M opened the Golden Crunch, while I enjoyed the Red Berry Crunch. Both are very tasty cereals, and by the end of day 3 I started to notice a difference.

Instead of the 11am lull that usually means a biscuit tin raid, I found that I could go all the way through to lunch without the usual tummy rumbles. The new all bran flavours were a nice change from the blander cereals I usually choose. They complimented the grapefruit which I have each breakfast, and were not at all bran like.

Learning to love my tummy as part of the #RealMumsAllBran challenge, made me think that I should start to take better care of my tummy too. I am always worrying about my boys health, and thinking about what he is eating. The lesson should start with me looking after myself. I know it’s a cliché, but thinking about the example that I set for the boy is possibly more important, so eating a good healthy breakfast is a great start.

Bran is a very important part of your daily diet, and as a mum of a child with severe constipation, I have a new-found respect for all the different types of fibre needed in your diet. The boy needs to have a balance of soluble and insoluble fibre as well as the medicines which will stop the need for any further disimpaction sessions. Having a regular breakfast of bran, is something the dietitian has recommended to us, and the New All-Bran new cereals are a great and tasty solution.

Next time you find yourself hungry at 11am then why not try the All-Bran 5 day challenge, and see if it stops the tummy rumbles for you, I know it’s worked for me!

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kellogg’s

Disimpaction

Disimpaction, not a word you hear everyday, well not in most households, but one that has become very common in the Dragon house over the last week. Disimpaction was a word that has scared me for so long now that I didn’t think I would ever be happy to even say it out loud, let alone write about it.

I think it might be something that someone might one day find useful to know it’s not as bad as you might think to have to medicate your child to the point of diarrhea. As a nation we hate talking about bowels and poo, but problems are more common than you think. While the boy and the rest of the family have struggled on through all the problems, now I feel is the time to say we have had enough and move forward.

Don’t think I have been sitting around ignoring the situation, as that is not the case. I have been on the hospital books for so long now that we almost deserve our own parking space! So how did we get to this point. The boy isn’t alone 1 in 4 children in an average school class will wet the bed at night. As many as 3 in a class of 30 will have some form of toilet issue and ours is that the boy isn’t clean.

So how do you deal with still trying to toilet train an eight year old? Well you don’t! You cope, you have things in place, you boil pants each week. You spend a small fortune on Pyjama Pants or washing bed sheets. You try to get others to understand that he just doesn’t go to the loo unless you tell him too. But people don’t understand, you might think. Hang on! I need the loo. The boy doesn’t. Nagging didn’t help, not nagging, ignoring it. medicine, laxatives, softener’s, changes in diet. Bribery, books, hours of reading stories on the loo.

These are just a few of things I have tried over his lifetime. Now, we are trying Disimpaction. A huge dose of Movacol, it softens the poo, and hopefully gives the boy diarrhea. Not pleasant, so it was decided by me that hospital looked like a safe place, away from home, away from distractions, where it would be taken seriously.  Where I wouldn’t be the bad nagging Mum for a change. This didn’t work! Hospital was too exciting, beds were hard, no sleep for me. Slow start to the medicine, horrid food that even the boy said was bad, and too much fun in the playroom. So after talking to my nurse and consultant, we came home.

Day 6, and there should be movement, for those in the know we should be doing a number 7 on the chart. We are on a very high dose now, and guess what, its not looking good. The boy says lots of rumbles, he says that he feels like he has less in there. We think he showed good signs on day 3 but since then very little change. The nurse is happy that I am doing it all right, but if we don’t have something happen soon, well I don’t know.

Disimpaction is not the end though, in fact this is the easy bit? (If over medicating a healthy child to make them unwell is easy) No the next part is not getting back to where we started. The boys x-ray showed how badly constipated and stretched his bowels were. This could take months for them to get back to the shape and size they should be. So each day I become Mum the poo monitor, “how big?” “what number?” “have you drunk your water?” medicine will be monitored every day increased decreased. But I know it will be worth it. We have had one pair of clean pants! This in itself is a miracle. One I wont be broadcasting, but one I am still happy about. So tomorrow day 7, and the full maximum dose, and I am taking each day as it comes. So if your child is having problems, do it sooner rather than later, not just for their sake, but for your sanity. I don’t know how many more days of staying at home and watching Dave I can take!