Friday, 27 July 2018

What's In My Bag: Health Edition.

When I shared my "What's In My Bag" post recently I gave a very general view of what I carry but realistically I have a lot more crap in there.

All of the stuff I kept out of the original post is all health related. The fact is, this needed a separate post because there's so damn much of it.


So aside from tissues, hand santiser, mints, a straw and a lip balm, here's the contents of the health side of my bag.
I suffer from IBS (which is irritable bowel syndrome for those who don't know the abbreviation) so I have to make sure I'm prepared for a flare up. In Summer when I'm eating a lot of fruit and snack food my stomach can be a little unsettled to say the least so there are a few things I carry to help me out. 



Now I know people make fun of V.I.Poo (not helped by the ridiculous advert...) but it's bloody brilliant if like me you suffer with stomach and bowel problems. I don't use it much but if I need it, it's there. It does exactly what it says on the bottle too. It just saves you a load of embarrassment that already comes with having stomach issues. It's a must if you have anything like IBS, Crohns, Celiac disease or acid reflux.

Excess acid is something else I suffer from. Thankfully it has been manageable for a while now and hasn't needed any medical intervention but I do always carry around some antacids. The ones I have at the moment are Remegel and they're really good for short term relief. I sometimes carry with me Colofac which was recommended to me by my doctor specifically for IBS.

You may have noticed the carrier bag... Yeah, that's in case I'm sick. I have never in my adult life been sick in public but it's a massive fear of mine. I usually carry around an actual sick bag but after changing bags I noticed it had a rip in it (thank god I didn't need to use it) so I grabbed a carrier bag and it has just sort of stayed in there.

I always make sure I have a snack on me whether that be a cereal bar, dried fruit or a cake (those are choc chip Madelines from Tescos. 10/10 would recommend) because when I haven't eaten for a while my stomach goes into spasm and it's so painful. I like to have a snack on me for another reason too. Eating helps my anxiety. I read somewhere that when you're eating you feel safer because you can't be under threat if you're stopping to eat. It works in the same way as chewing gum I guess but I can't tolerate too much mint and that's the only gum I like... (Oh, and too much sugar free gum gives you the shits and I'm not for that, VIPoo or not).


That little tin with the girl on contains my sanitary towels. Bodyform to be exact.I always keep 2 in the tin and they go everywhere with me. I also have Ibuprofen for bad cramps, headaches etc.

I also have Tyrozets. Now for those of you who don't know what they are let me clue you in. 
Tyrozets are "dual action lozenges that work as an anaesthetic to quickly numb throat pain and an antibiotic to help fight throat infection". They are the best things.
They're aniseed flavours, they numb your throat in seconds and they give you temporary relief from scratchy/sore throats. I find they also help ease a tickly cough too which is so great for anyone who gets anxiety when they're ill and have to go outside. 
Though they are glorious for sore throats they're also good if you have an ulcer, tooth ache or any other mouth pain as they have a numbing property. I don't advise using them for everything or popping them like sweets but in an emergency situation when you need to numb mouth pain, grab one of these. They'll get you through.

Bless you Tyrozets, you tasty little life savers.


More tablets now. This time it's the dreaded iron tablets. Yes, I have to take those beautiful brown pills 3 times a day. They're vile, taste like you've sucked on a penny or have blood in your mouth, make you feel nauseous all the time and turn your shit black.
Delightful.

Spot the inhaler everyone. I carry a blue pump on me always because I can have spells where my breathing gets quite bad. I have triggers like certain food colourings (E102, I see you), high pollen levels, high pollution, anxiety but most recently it's been mostly due to anaemia which causes me to become breathless easily and it can feel like I'm not getting enough air. It's added reassurance that it's there if I need it to help open up my lungs a bit. I also had asthma as a child which did put my in hospital at one point so it's always good to keep that in mind.
Another reason I carry it is because I have 2 sisters who have asthma, one who's quite bad so ya know, they might need it. 

Last but not least, my mental health crisis line card.
If you read my previous post "Hitting A Low", you'll know why I carry this card and how important it is. I have the reassurance that I can seek help whenever and wherever I might need it. 
I'd advise anyone who suffer with their mental health to find the number for their local crisis point if possible or a phone number for places like the Samaritans or Mind to carry with you.
You never know when you might need it.


What sort of health related products would I find in your bag?

14 comments:

  1. This is such an interesting post, I'm so nosey so love seeing what other people carry. I love that you're so organised and you completely put me to shame!
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. I'm only organised because I have to be. Trust me, my life is a mess haha.

      Thanks for reading x

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  2. This is so interesting! I carry a lot in my medical pouch in my bag and my friends always used to joke I was the walking pharmacy. Various different kinds of painkillers, my sickness pills for my periods, a few sanitary pads, some cold and flu capsules and my insulin.There's probably more that I've forgotten x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I get that joke a lot too but they don't laugh when they actually need something and they have to come to me to get it.

      Thanks for reading x

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  3. I actually keep meaning to buy VIPoo! My sister-in-law uses it at work and recommended it!
    You poor thing having to take the iron tablets, they taste terrible!
    This was a really informative post, and different to the other whats in my bag posts I've read, thank you for sharing!

    xx, Naomi
    https://www.ohsixeleven.co.uk

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    1. If you get them down quickly with lots of water (flavoured) then the taste isn't so bad. It's the affect they have after they're swallowed that gets me.

      Thanks for your comment x

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  4. I don't have many health relayed products in my bag apart from my iron tablets. They're horrible aren't they? I really want to try those Madelines though they sound delicious.

    Roxie | thebeautifulbluebird.com

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    1. Iron tablets are grim... I cannot stand them!

      Thank you for reading x

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  5. Interesting Louisa, I rarely bring along such drugs or medical supplies. My bag only contains cosmetic products :). I think I should follow you.


    https://lizado.com/

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    1. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment! x

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  6. This was really interesting! While I don't have many medical related products in my bag, I think a mental health card but would a great addition. One thing I do carry with me though is paracetamol! Especially around my time of the month. You're so organised, thanks for sharing! x

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

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    1. Paracetamol is always good to have on you especially at that time.

      Thanks for reading x

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  7. Such an interesting and informative post, I really enjoyed reading. Iron tablets are awful aren't they? I think the mental health card is vital too. Thank you for sharing xx
    https://lifeofablindgirl.com

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    1. Iron tablets are pretty bad. I think everyone should have a crisis card on them. Even if they don't need it, they may be able to save a life by giving it to someone else.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, I really appreciate it x

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