On the 17th of July we met at The Oxford Centre for our monthly support group meeting. It was warm, but not as meltingly warm as the last meeting (probably down to the two new fans – thanks Theresa!). We had a big crowd and another 5 new members! It was so great to see everyone, and I think I speak for us all in saying that it was a particularly great meeting! We welcomed along our guest speaker Alison, a continence nurse (apologies for mistakenly calling her the ‘incontinence’ nurse previously!) Alison was funny, warm, engaging, and super informative about a subject that some may see as an awkward and embarrassing subject matter. There’s so many different reasons that people can be affected by incontinence, and if you’re having problems, it can affect areas of your life and make you wary of leaving the house or being around people, which is a massive reason why it’s important to get help when you need it and not wait years before you seek the help you need. If you’re in the Newcastle/Northumberland area, please call this number where you can self refer to get an appointment with a continence nurse (a 45 minute appointment might I add!) 0191 2826308. It may be that some simple treatment or exercises or even a medication change are needed to help your bladder problems, or it may be that you need further help such as scans to look at what is happening. Alison was very knowledgeable about Fibromyalgia, and explained that she’s seen an increase in Fibromyalgia patients having these problems, which makes sense as we have a problem with our nerves and the signals they send and bladder emptying is controlled by messages from the brain passing down the spinal cord and along the nerves.
Please click on the uploaded images below to see all the leaflets and helpful information that Alison left with the group. If you would like the leaflets to take home from group with you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get enough leaflets for everyone. Alternatively, save the photos from the website and keep on your computer, or print out at home.
I would like to extend a massive thank you to Alison for an excellent meeting, and for being an amazing nurse, with a vast knowledge and sense of humour and for helping so many people in the community. You’re a star, Alison!