Sunday, 24 May 2015

Bristol Vegfest 2015

This weekend we headed down to Bristol for Vegfest - it was the first time we had decided to stay over and we were really looking forward to it. 

As ever we bumped into lots of lovely friends and met some new faces from Instagram too. 

I've been to quite a few Vegfest events now and there wasn't much that I hadn't seen before, but it's a super excuse to get out and have some fun and eat a bunch of food.

We tried lots of the food stalls that looked appealing, this was  the vegan 'fish' and chips from Loving Hut - I wasn't a total fan as I'm not that keen on faux fish but I know lots of people there were raving about it. I think my favourite was Happy Maki - they make pretty tasty sandwich wraps sushi style. I also had a couple of pretty awesome burgers from the monkey sanctuary van and Small had a tasty looking kids hot dog from them too. I would have loved to have tried more, but some of the lines were so long!

We also went to the Cosy Club in the morning for breakfast as we had heard they had a vegan menu. The food was pretty nice and great that I was just around the corner from our hotel. 

We had a good weekend, Small got her Sea Pirates (Sea Shepherd) t-shirt and we are looking forward to doing it all again! 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Life Right Now

Life has been really crazy over the last few months. I mean really crazy. Ever since I spent a nightmare week in hospital in Bali I've been seeing all kinds of doctors and trying to figure out what is going on with me. 

I had a pretty scary MRI scan, not the results - just the experience! I spent an hour in the scanner and my tattoos heated up which was a pretty odd sensation. Luckily nothing was wrong with my brain scan and my neurologist has now diagnosed me with 'Familial Hemiplegic Migraine' which is not that much fun I can assure you! I previously had never heard of this condition so had no idea there was even such a thing! It's not just bad headaches - it affects me almost all of the time at the moment and when I do get a bad attack it looks like I've had a stroke.

I'm still seeing doctors to figure out what the whole picture is as its great I'm getting somewhere but that doesn't explain everything. The next step is seeing a rheumatologist I think which will hopefully happen soon!

In the meantime I'm trying out a crazy device called Cefaly which is supposed to help reduce migraine frequency. It's that crazy Star Trek type device I'm wearing in the picture! It's pretty much like a tens machine for your brain and since tens helped me in labour, I thought I'd give it a shot and see how it goes. I've also cut out gluten to see if that helps any, I know it has helped others who suffer from complicated migraine so anything is worth a shot!