Explosion and Shock in my Cancer Treatment

Explosion and Shock in my Cancer Treatment

It is three months since I wrote my last blog post which was about taking up cancer screening.

Since then, I have been having my cancer treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in London. I have had lots of travel, lots of examinations, lots of side effects. BUT I still have a positive message for you!!

One in two of us will get cancer sometime in our life and this blog is aimed at those of you who are newly diagnosed or if you are caring for somebody who has is having cancer treatment.

The treatment will take time and it does affect your life …. No getting away from that!

 

Cancer Discovered

The story so far…

Six years ago I had a kidney removed when cancer of that kidney was diagnosed.

It was about this February last year that I went to my surgeon who removed my kidney six years ago.

I was well and he was expecting to discharge me from his care, but he said I had better have a scan first.

I was called back very quickly after that scan and was told that a tumour had grown in that area and that it needed more than surgery – I needed to be referred to Oncology.

It was a surprising and sobering moment !!

It was pointed out to me that my cancer cells were non clear cells (not good!!) which meant that current cancer treatments had only a 20% of slowing down the tumour growth and spread.

But God moves in mysterious ways.

That local Oncologist Consultant had an Oncologist friend about to start a Clinical Trial at the Royal Free Hospital, London in combination with a German University and a large Pharmaceutical company.

They are using two immuno-therapy drugs (they have long names but I call them Ippi and Nimmi) together for my particular situation and my screening (many tests) showed I would have a better chance of control of the cancer with this new treatment. No guarantees of course – BUT an option that I accepted even though the daunting 28 page consent form had pages of information about possible side effects. 

Oncology Department

This is the moment – you realise this is all real and life changing.

I remember thinking as I walked into the Oncology Department, that I had always hoped, that I would never have to be referred to this department.  But what can you do?

BUT I was quickly surprised...

I want to take you behind the scenes a bit in this blog post and offer as much assurance as I can that you quickly realise everybody is totally on your side.   The staff are very aware of the emotional pressures that show in so many different ways depending on the patient.

And I must say, I’ve been so incredibly surprised with the Oncology Department care viewed from a professional background in nursing.

My background is nursing (it was my career).

My own nursing career was very technical – typical male thing.  I worked in intensive care, accident and emergency, operating theatres and urological surgical wards

All very good stuff…

Great work which I incredibly enjoyed and it gave me great satisfaction.

When we had an unconscious patient with tubes everywhere who was not able to recognise us or talk to us – there was something missing for me.   Knowing the person!

The medical and nursing teams absolutely wanted in every way for that patient to survive and they did everything possible, however long was needed.

However – the moment that patients recovered from that intense work of course they moved to the rehabilitation areas of the hospital for personal care where the patients personal needs could be met.

So I got a technical impression of what nursing was all about.  How wrong was I. On the whole I missed that more personal approach to caring.

 

What a Difference with Medical and Nursing Teams in Oncology.

As I’ve been watching in the oncology clinics and ward, I’ve seen really great care. More importantly great personalized care.

As I have sat in the waiting rooms and watched I have found myself thinking I wish I had spent some time doing this sort of nursing, solving everyday problems.

The cancer is the bug bear the nasty, nasty piece of work and the treatment unfortunately has to be aggressive to attack it.

There are different treatments, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and now the new man in the block – immuno-therapy.

This modern treatment is systematic, it’s not like the old chemotherapy which were drugs trying to kill the invading cells.

Immuno-therapy – which works inside the body to build the body’s defenses to stop the growth and spread of the tumour.

As the immuno-therapy treatment is systemic you can get side effects in all parts of your body and it is those side effects that need monitoring and solutions applied when they appear.

The problem is that – time wise – they are very random and patients need to observe and note any body changes and work with the oncology team to resolve each problem as they occur.

 

 

 

Some Of My Side Effects

Just a few – but typical examples.

Itchy Rash

After my first cycle of treatment I quite quickly got an itchy rash. The rashes were spread out on arms, legs, and worse, my back. Of course that meant sorting out creams, emollients etc.

Great fun getting your clothes on properly afterward with shirt sticking to your back. However – various creams gave total relief from the itching.

Easily solved – just tick it off – that was a challenge now under control.

Unbelievably – Loss Of Appetite

I love my food and yet I couldn’t – WHAT! . Nutrition is essential to assist recovery.

You know how it feels when you have eaten too much – that Christmas afternoon feel. For a couple of weeks I felt like that from day to day. My wife got me fruit in jelly, omelettes etc. But of course there is advice around and the MacMillan Cancer Support website and leaflets of volunteer staff advice at the clinic offer the answers.

 They have seen them all before!

Here in the UK we have a major charity MacMillan Cancer Support and I got a nutrition leaflet from them.

In fact MacMillan is a must for all cancer issues including financial support.

My wife Babs and I also had advice from a hospital dietitian who suggested adding supplement up juices – Fortijuices and also using anti emetic for a few days.

Oh and there was lots of other good advice.

Just ask – there are answers out there for all of the challenges – get it sorted and just tick it off.

My Worst Challenge To Date – Painful and an EXPLOSION

 [This should be X Rated – Constipation the subject]

Let’s lighten up and have a smile at my expense – as there are times we are pushed into abnormal situations which we would rather not be happening – but you are there – and there is no way out but to take extra measures. You will smile about it all later.

Probably because I had an issue with my nutrition I went several days without being able to go to the loo.

I will spare you the details but it got to the stage where everything was so hard and impacted and very uncomfortable.

The only way to avoid having to go to the hospital (some embarrassment for me a former nurse) to get sorted out  was to go to the pharmacy and get glycerin suppositories.

The instructions on the pack were to wet and insert suppository. Lay on the bed for 15 minutes while the suppository melts.

Easy! NOT! !!

Every minute felt like five. I put the TV on to try to block out the crampy painful moments.

Five minutes… The thoughts were there – this must be like baby delivery.

Nine minutes… Wow – that was bad!!

Ten minutes… How far is is to the loo – 15 metres – why didn’t I put paper down on the carpet?

Thirteen minutes... Where is the cat – he is always laying in the corridor? Don’t fall over the cat.

Fourteen minutes and 30 secsthat will DO!!!

There is no other word to describe it – EXPLOSION!

The relief was immediate.

Sore – very sore. But utter, utter Relief.

Hmmm!!

The lesson of course had been learned. I had to sort out what laxative regime I needed to prevent a further episode like that.

The doctor’s take on it was amusing. “There are three approaches – laxatives are softeners, shovers or soft AND shove”

Anyway I have it sorted the prevention out for my next cycle of treatment – you can bet!

I have ticked it off .

 

 

 

 

Some Side Effects Will Only Found From Blood Tests

Whatever therapy treatment you are having I can assure you will be having regular blood tests which will show up other bodily changes. AND – yes they need treating.

My thyroid, renal function and liver have been affected by the immuno-therapy . I have had to empty a cupboard to get all of my medications acquired into order.

I have had to double my intake of water – which is ok except it is a bit of a problem overnight.

BUT WORSE THAN THAT!!

There can be some sacrifices and changes you may have to make.

My big one IS – what am I going to drink with my mates down the pub on a Friday evening?

I am now sampling non alcoholic beers, lager and cider.

 

 

 

My Cancer Treatment Also Had a Positive Side Effect on my General Health in Fact – a Pleasant Shock 

 

 I have had high blood pressure for or nearly all of my adult life a genetic gift from both of my parents I have had treatment for it as far back as I can remember.

In fact…

There was a chance I would not get on to this clinical trial if my blood pressure had been so high during my screening.

Two weeks into my treatment my blood pressure dropped quite dramatically over two days – so much so that I found myself looking out for signs of internal bleeding. 

My local GP  has taken me off of my regular blood pressure medication and and as he had my health history he was also surprised.

Currently I have lost my florid looking face and for about four weeks the blood pressure remains low – will it last?

Very pleasant SHOCK!!!

Family, Friends and But More Importantly YOU

One of the first things you have to do when you are diagnosed with some cancer is to decide who you are going to tell.  Prognoses of different cancers can vary tremendously and it all depends on your support network and your personal  emotional response to your news.

Here is a good article to help you decide what is right for you. Telling Friends and Family That You’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer’

I will tell you about my own decision and the reason for my approach.

I was clear that I needed to be totally open about my cancer and was totally easy with accepting that.

After all my blog is all about physical and mental health. Well equipped as I have was a nurse for a career, have studied mental health as I have worked with Adam Eason a clinical hypnotherapist with all his teaching in a college of hypnosis AND I have been the other side of the sheets as a patient.

The patient bit I have to say is the most revealing as I fully understand that even with all my previous knowledge it is totally different to treat yourself and I found I needed as much help sorting out my side effect issues as any other patient.

My support has been exceptional and has been good for a number of reasons.

My wife and grown up children are open about whatever any of us is having to care for. I won’t go on telling you how good they are – it is just said by saying they are lovingly there.

I have told all our friends (in fact I have told the world on my blog). It makes life easier. I have tried to carry on with whatever domestically and socially.  But one evening I was not feeling well, and a quick call to cancel a dinner party we had organised was not misunderstood in anyway. We have met friends whenever for walks or NOT.

Of incredibly great importance to me is my faith. My God gives me strength and hope. Friends at church pray and in fact I mentioned that I was having problems eating to a couple at Sunday morning service and on Monday they turned up with basket of fruit and a Blessing Card. Touched – YES!

I have also learned over the years of working with Hypnotherapist Adam skills to turn off that chatter in the brain. Most of that brain chatter is so negative. I have learned how to concentrate and reinforce the positive emotions. I know from working with patients all of my nursing career that those that were positive got well faster than those that worried negatively about everything.  I can put on a mindfulness audio and totally relax and still the mind.   What a tonic!!

What About You?

You may have a equally good set up and support OR you may NOT.

The treatments take time and you may need temporary help.

I plead with you to seek and ask for help.

Your medical practice and Macmillan’s is the place to start. They can recommend groups of people who meet with other people with long term care. Everybody and every type of cancer is different and your difficulties will need personal tailoring of care. This is what I have found the Oncology Departments are exceptionally good at.

Also – many people who are alone will worry more about the challenges at every stage. You will be more likely to see any new side effect as something awful instead of something new to get a grip off and ticked off.  You will get a special phone number to use whenever necessary to talk to someone in the Oncology Department if you are needing advice.

Your Mental State

What you will find me going on and on about in my blogs is your mental health.  What is going on in your head is so personal and crucial to how you accept and take on board all that important to a successful outcome to your treatment.

If you look through all of my blogs you will see that I am enthusiastic about the mental health help that can be achieved with talk therapies. Anxiety, stress, panic attacks, low self esteem, lack of confidence, insomnia, motivation etc etc  can be so helped with self-hypnosis sessions recorded by clinical hypnotherapists

 

IN FACT I HAVE A COUPLE OF AUDIOS TO SEND YOU

I am offering anyone a couple of audios to listen to.

 

One is a relaxation hypnosis session and the other is a self-hypnosis for stress recording.   Just contact me and I will happily send them on to you. 

 

DO ASK – get all the help you can! 

Personal Difficulties

My problem was transportation. I live 150 miles from the hospital that I am getting my day care treatment in.

Going into London by car is a congestion lottery and time lottery, finding a parking space lottery.

Public transport coach – cheap but same congestion problems as car.

Train expensive because I had to travel at peak times. £115 for a hospital appointment  and double that cost when Babs my wife was with me.

  • To get the train I had to get up at 4:30 to get to the hospital early because the day consisted of getting bloods taken early,
  • ECG then
  • Doctors examination appointment later in the morning.
  • All before the therapeutic drugs can be manufactured by the pharmacy department (preparation time approx two hours).
  • The drugs are then delivered to the day care ward for afternoon infusion.
  • My treatment infusions took about two half hours to administer.
  • Then the 115 mile trip home.

At the time to travel London tubes are packed to capacity with head home commuters and so are the trains. One trip I had to travel half of the journey standing. Not ideal.

So that was not good but there was worse to come!

After my third cycle of treatment I had a set back in that the ongoing treatment had to stop as the bloods went squew whiff!

One of the treatment drugs had caused my liver to become inflammed and not functioning correctly and that need steroid treatment. The dose of steroids has to be varied depending on response and that needed bloods taken frequently – 3-4 days apart.

Travelling up to London every four days when not at my best was the prospect.

BUT guess what – as no specialist immuno-therapy treatment was to be administered the Oncology team in London organised an Oncology department in Bournemouth (a small 10 mile drive from my home) to organise those blood tests and liaise with the research team in London.

What can I say again!

Totally focused appropriate care.

I could add other personal help given but I HOPE I have made my point.

I can’t of course speak for Oncology Departments elsewhere but I expect they are similar in approach.

The story continues of course – but there are two final points I would like to make.

 

‘THE’ Scan

The treatment for my cancer started in November and as you have seen above I had a few things to get ticked off and sorted.   

Big QUESTION – especially as I am on a clinical trial – IS IT WORKING

Last week I had a scan which is the only way to find out.  

It is very early days but the report from the scan was really encouraging – no tumour growth or spread!  We are not looking for cure of the tumour that is there – the objective is to get it under control.

Of course all cancer patients – no matter what treatment they are receiving all have the same wait and expecatation for good results.    Not EASY !

We just all have to be very patient in waiting for those results

 

 

A Final Comment – Kindness

I have been to Poole Oncology Unit,   Bournemouth Oncology Unit and of course my main treatment Oncology Department at the Royal Free Hospital in London with my medical team led by Dr Boletti. 

In all cases they were professional and positive with hard working staff.   Somehow they always made time for all of the patients – never seeming to tire from their questions.

I could go on and on, BUT I won’t.

They were always professional – giving caring attention – and giving more than can be expected. 

The cancer treatment cycles in the Oncology units I have used are full of staff showing TRUE KINDNESS.  That is amazing if you can imagine that this is in very busy and demanding clinics and day care wards.  I appreciate all of this support with my thanks to them all.   I really must add personal thank you.

My special thanks to my research nurse Anna Pejnovic who has been my real link and kept me incredibly well informed.  Thanks Anna!!

 

Retirement or Part Time Online Income – Maybe For You?

Retirement or Part Time Online Income – Maybe For You?

This Online Income Secret Plan

I have been working all this year to put together my Hypnosis For Streaming package with a simple online income plan for affiliates

The real SECRET is to read this page and take ACTION. 

Any questions at all JUST call me on 07401 719619 or Skype keithaw2k1 me.

Online Income – No Age Barrier – Please Read This And Fully Understand My Plan.

 

Each week I join a group of people on a weekly masterclass in internet marketing and making online income.   In fact the timing of the online meeting is a nuisance to me because I have to get back from badminton and am always hot and disheveled – we are visible on the screen to other participants – I might not look good but it is great that they can’t smell me.

The participants on the Zoom (great webinar service) masterclass call are a great source of knowledge – and I never want to miss the session.  I will tell you more about David and Jen who run this group, below.

The participants all have different niches products, experience etc.  One lady is a gardener and she is learning how to put out information products about her field.

The Online Income Issue

There is a fundamental issue though with making money online.  You need to know how to do it. 

It doesn’t just happen.  When doing anything online – you have to learn a few tricks to make things happen. 

The knowledge you need gets labeled as Internet Marketing;

  • building mailing lists
  • driving traffic
  • social media promotion
  • etc etc and so on – always more to learn

Yes – Lots to learn – but great fun when you begin to see the action happening and income coming in.

All Great If You Have Products – But What if You Don’t?

Well – One of the best ways to make money online is to sell other peoples products.

NO that is not strictly TRUE  —  It is about pre-selling – but that is part of the training.

Affiliate programs are what you join and GUESS WHAT!  I have one which I am inviting you to join.  More about that below – but first of all some background knowledge – an inside look into my thinking. 

 

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BACKGROUND:

[**PLEASE NOTE** I Have Moved Away From This BUT It Explains Why I Made Big Changes]

 

Last year I set up an affiliate program for an online E-commerce store  –  HypnosisForDownload.com.

What we have at ‘Hypnosis for Download’ are well over 200 evergreen products to promote. They are audios and videos that are downloadable and sell worldwide – with immediate delivery.

Ideal evergreen products – great value and we have  zero refunds.
Digital for immediate Delivery –
Good products, worldwide audience.

Now obviously I can advertise the website and sell the products myself – and I do – but my aim is much more ambitious than that.

I WANT to welcome some affiliates, BECAUSE promotion by others is preferable and adds social proof.

My original approach to get affiliates seemed sensible but in reality I was wrong – and I realised I needed to change my approach.

What was my mistake?

I assumed that the best affiliates would be hypnotherapists as they would have the knowledge of the subject and would be able to pre-sell potential purchasers. 

That may well be true – BUT what most of them didn’t have was the internet marketing training and knowledge.  Most of them did not know how to attract traffic, build mailing lists and attract targeted potential clients via social media.

We had a couple of affiliates who made some money but I began to question whether the the affiliates needed to be hypnotherapists. Mmmmmmm !! ??

The  most important thing is that new affiliates need to know all about the products AND have training.

Everything Was Evaluated Early This Year.

 The  conclusions were clear and can be summed up in this short list

  1. The affiliate program software we had used was not great – find better
  2. The problem with the promoting individual products in our store was too complicated – make the affiliate package simpler.
  3. The internet was now very mobile and downloading of products was a nuisance – better to be streamed and deliverable to any internet connected device.
  4. The affiliates on board needed more training – and I was not the best person to provide that – I was already a member of  NAMS and I knew they were the team to work with.
  5. The affiliates do not need to be hypnotherapists – as long as they have some access to the products and understand how to build lists and get traffic etc.
  6. There was no commitment from many potential affiliates that joined and took NO ACTION – so get them to be paying members before offering them affiliate links.
So a new strategy was essential.  It looked formidable AND it has been a lot of work- BUT IT IS NOW all in place and getting the message out there is now the task ahead for me.

I have an online income plan in place and I would like you to join me. 

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OK!  –

HERE IS MY LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

NEW ONLINE INCOME STRATEGY

THE STEPS and WHY

1. A Streaming Hypnosis Membership (Netflix type approach)
The members have all of the audios and videos available to members.   High Value because £1500 (and rising) worth of audios and videos available on all digital devices with wifi or telephone access anywhere in the world.

2. Simple Affiliate Programme and Recurring Monthly Income.
The great advantage for affiliates is that a membership offers MONTHLY 50% payments.

[SECRET – just see what is on offer – you pay £7.50 to join – get your affiliate code and just ONE new member gets you £3.75 monthly.  Introduce 2 Members and you have FREE Membership.  Oh and of course Multiply that up for monthly income – you can do the maths.] 

So what you may need training.

3. Training – I Strongly Recommend that You Join NAMS Membership.
Above I was writing about NAMS marketing membership.  You can be trained to be a great affiliate for my streaming hypnosis – but of course following David and Jen you will ALSO be able to promote many online products.

[SECRET – The same situation applies.  As a NAMS Insider you will also get the opportunity to be an affiliate – and get 50% commission for new members  – Two new members in and you have FREE training!]

4. Both Affiliate Programmes Are Only Available To Members.
If you want to be a successful (and some affiliates are super successful) then you need to know and enjoy the product you are promoting.  If you are a member you have every opportunity to use the product and speak about it from first hand knowledge.  Your recommendations will be authentic and will ring true. 

To put it bluntly ‘No BS’

hypnosis streaming membership and affiliate opportunity

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As I mentioned above I am a member of this group run by David and his daughter Jen. During the 14 Days you will be able to take in the amazing array of resources and training available in the membership area. The Integrity and

I am not suggesting for a moment that you get the internet market training just to promote our products.  The fact is there are countless affilate projects and the training with David will help you acquire the skills.

Don’t forget – you can join and with your affiliate links find potential members (much as I am doing here) to get further income for yourself.   Just two new members and you have your membership covered.

Having been around the scene for many years I can tell you that there is an abundance of poor internet training online. – I can put my hand on my heart and tell you that David and Jen offer the best training resources I have come across online.

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Who Cares – If Hypnosis Works – Just Enjoy

Who Cares – If Hypnosis Works – Just Enjoy

Hypnosis Introduction With a Professional Hypnotherapist

My introduction to hypnosis was accidental.   It was 2004 when I met Adam at the BNI business network meetings.

When you set yourself up to develop websites for clients one of the fascinating things is that you learn a lot about different businesses.    How do they work? What makes them tick?

So that was the case with Adam Eason and his clinical hypnotherapy business.

I developed a website for Adam  who was working out of a clinic near Bournemouth.  To say I knew nothing then about hypnosis is a fact.   Nothing that is about clinical hypnosis.  Hmmm – But I had in the past seen stage acts – but that was all.

But here in front of me was a guy who was very passionate about his subject.  I was intrigued and wanted to discover more.

AND as far as I was concerned that was good …

Adam was training hypnotherapists and what we decided to do was to video the courses and also develop audio hypnosis products.  Front pew for me with the video camera.

How could I fail to learn all about hypnosis – when I was shooting the recordings and editing them.

Of addition I also got to know other people who trained with Adam and are now themselves trained hypnotherapists.  Some of those have developed specialist areas – such as hypno-birthing.

When Hypnosis Works – The Seed Takes Roots

What is a common story from people who have moved into the field is that they had an issue that was driving them insane – all attempts to find a solution had failed.

Adam himself is an example of that.  All his attempts with medical consultations and ointment treatments for his psoriasis had failed.  Someone suggested hypnosis and do I need to say – within a couple of weeks all had cleared up.

Yesterday I included the audios of Adam telling you in his words his basic narration about hypnosis and what it is.

All his work is research based and  you can pursue that as far as you like with Adam as he has written a book called Science Of Self-Hypnosis.  Also his blog and podcasts are full of his professional approach to all of these psychological therapies.  You can even go and train in the field with him via his online courses.

AND NOW !!

OK – that all said – I am going to take a totally different approach right here with my retirement Wats-on My Mind project.

I am getting away from the academic theories and discussions about what hypnosis is etc.

I just so want you if you are sceptical about all of this power of the brain – to just give it a go and learn hypnosis skills.  You can learn more about the theory at a later stage.   I am keen that you go for a ride first.

Here on my blog you will get my:

  • simple real anecdotes approach
  • my end user approach
  • my simple language approach
  • my if it works that is great approach
  • so what that is good – approach.

For example:  If you ask me what hypnosis is – a typical reply from me would be – focused imagination.

The interesting thing is that people who try and get some release from a problem will want more.

A Freelance Writer Uses Hypnosis For Sleep

This blog post which is well researched is by a freelance writer.  You can find the complete blog post at: https://www.self.com/story/hypnosis-for-skin

I love the title of this blog post written by Sarah Ban
I Tried Hypnosis for Insomnia. Then My Skin Cleared Up.   – I don’t understand it, either, but I’m not complaining.

How often have I seen and heard that.

So many people who have used hypnosis will say the same thing. “I don’t know how it worked – but it did.”

Here is my Main Point of this Blog Post – Hypnosis Works:

You are probably not a car mechanic or understand how it works but that doesn’t stop you driving a car.

In a similar way – you don’t have to fully understand how or why hypnosis works – just give it a proper try and surprise yourself.

Clinical Hypnosis Audios

Clinical Hypnosis Audios

Audio Recordings For You:

I have some clinical hypnosis audios for you today recorded by Adam Eason. (see below)

Body To The Mind

But first of all I will tell you about how I met Adam and got interested in the field. 

The last eight years of my nursing career were out in Muscat Oman where I was helping to set up a Nurse Training School at the University Hospital. 

My wife and I returned with our two kids to Poole in Dorset.

In Oman I had begun to create websites for businesses (Antique Dealers) from the UK and the intention was to begin a web design business.  In 1996 we returned home to get the business going.

Crazy in many ways because I was a little bit early.  I spent a large amount of time showing businesses what internet websites looked like and trying to persuade them they needed a website.

One of the ways I got new clients was through Network meetings and I joined BNI.  At the heart of every BNI meeting throughout the world is the “BNI 60 Second Slot”. This is each member’s opportunity to educate everyone at their meeting – members and visitors alike about their business.

One of the people I met was a hypnotherapist called Adam Eason.  I enjoyed listening to his 60 second presentations.  There are so many myths and misunderstandings about how hypnosis works. 

I knew very little about clinical hypnotherapy before I met Adam – but that was about to change.

Before I tell you tomorrow more about my own introduction to the subject I will offer you these audios to listen to.

Introduction To Self-Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis Sessions Audios

One audio is an Introduction from Adam with a simple introduction to clinical hypnosis.

The other two are self-hypnosis sessions.

Teach Yourself Self-Hypnosis

by Adam Eason | Hypnosis Session

Safe Controlled Relaxation

by Adam Eason | Hypnosis Session

Enjoy!

Physical and Mental Health

Physical and Mental Health

Wats-on With Physical and Mental Health

This website domain is  Wats-on.net  and the tag line is Physical and Mental Health.   My blog Wats-on my Mind is my retirement project to get as many people as possible using hypnosis and psychological techniques in their everyday lives.

The extraordinary thing about our bodies is that so  much is governed directly from our powerful organ the brain.

Get control of those thoughts!

I was hospital nursing for 30 years and I have to admit that most people working directly with everyday illnesses, surgery etc can be very busy – oh and HOW BUSY!

The emotions, fears and anxiety of patients going through the clinical scenario can be less than ideal.   No bad intent from the staff, but the administrative pressures, time pressures and safety issues, money pressures all reduce the time available.

Nursing tried to do something about this.

I was involved when something called the Nursing Process was introduced which was a scientific method to ensure the quality of patient care.

The 5 Steps of the Nursing Process

Assessment Phase

The first step of the nursing process is assessment. During this phase, the nurse gathers information about a patient’s psychological, physiological, sociological, and spiritual status.

Diagnosing Phase

Nurse making an educated judgment about health problems of a patient – eg sleep deprivation

Planning Phase

Once a patient and nurse agree on the diagnoses, a plan of action can be developed.  The Nursing Interventions Classification may also be used as a resource for planning.

Implementing Phase 

The implementing phase is where the nurse follows through on the decided plan specific to each patient.

Evaluation Phase

Evaluation to determine of the goals for patient wellness have been met.

Still not Getting To The Mental Issues

I can only talk in general terms and my comments here are fairly sweeping.

The thing is that nursing leaders had realised that the clinical interventions be they medical or surgical could have a great effect on the well-being of the patient.

Of course I worked directly with doctors and witnessed the pressures on them – such as crazy number of overnight hours on call after a full days work –  so I am not knocking them – but their interest could often be focused on a specific area of the patients body.   Nurses had a more well-being holistic approach because of their closer relationship with the patient.

Despite these efforts by nurses to personalise the care and offer a secure, safe treatments, I still believe we did not begin to really get to grip with the mental aspects of the care.

For example I remember a patient who had changed quite suddenly.  He clearly was concerned and I was trying to establish whether something had happened with his family etc.  It was several days before I found out from a relative that he was concerned because a man had died in the ward, that he had been talking to.  He thought that the patient had the same condition as him and was convinced he was also not going to go home.  What is going on in a busy ward is very unsettling and a poor environem

Let me remind you what I said in my blog a couple of days ago.

The reason that I called my Blog ‘Wats-on My Mind’ is to introduce and educate as many as possible about controlling what goes on inside our heads.  As a nurse I realised that people with positive approach to their illness or surgery responded so much better than those that worried and were anxious.  My work with Adam and observing his hypnotherapy work reinforced that point.

My feeling that I had while I was nursing has been reinforced since I started working with Adam Eason a clinical Hypnotherapist.

Continued Tomorrow…

So what I will introduce you to tomorrow is a really fleeting look at what has influenced me since I retired from nursing in 1996.

You will hopefully understand why I link the mental and physical so closely.

For now just think about blushing – or sexual attraction and physical reaction to just seeing the person of your dreams.  Pretty powerful physical responses from thoughts.

Life Changing Moment – From Metal To Nursing

Life Changing Moment – From Metal To Nursing

Life Changing Moment

Isn’t it strange how very small events and random situations can change your life – permanently

I was 19 and working as an apprentice following a HND course in electronics engineering.  This was in a Marconi Research Unit in Chelmsford in 1966.  I had very little career advice from school or anywhere.  It was assumed that engineering was the future for me as Maths Pure, Maths Applied and Physics were my A levels.

And that is what I thought – I would become an engineering scientist.

So there was I with my oscilloscopes admittedly rather bored as I worked on goodness knows what projects.  I looked at research scientists that had been there for years and began to wonder about this as a career.

AND then it happened…

A top scientist guru (I still remember his name – Malcolm) came in to work full of the joys of spring.  He had been working for about eight years on a new transmission aerial.  His design had been accepted and the company were going ahead with production beyond his prototype.  His moment.  He was full of it.

Now let me tell you more about Malcolm.  We had heard a lot about his aerial.  Sitting down for lunch we would all talk about football, holidays, what was on the box, women.   None of that for Malcolm – apart from his aerial I really knew nothing about him.

What next?  Four of us apprentices were invited to go and see his work of art!  I wasn’t sure where this was but I should have taken note as Malcolm put on wellington boots, a hat and gloves.  Being 19 I had very little to shield me from the elements.  We were driven through the Essex countryside on a freezing cold winter morning and arrived at a field with a hanging fog.

What became immediately plain to us lads was that we were to go over the field and climb a mast that disappeared into the fog.  These days Health and Safety would just not allow what happened next.  With freezing cold holds gripping on to freezing cold metal we were to climb this mast.

We were all looking at each other in disbelief.

Did Malcolm notice?

Not at all.

Malcolm just kept on talking – ABOUT his aerial and what made it so good.

Anyway we all got up to the platform and there it was – his transmission aerial – about the size of a dining room table.  Lots of fiddly bits and so on.

The tuition from Malcolm carried on “the frequency response of this ….blah blah blah ….attenuation ….. blah blah blah …. and the amplitude  ……  blah”

The words were drifting over me – in one ear out of the other.  I can totally recall that I stood there thinking about his wife.  What did he go home from work and talk about.  What did he talk about to anyone.

Something much more important had happened to me.  At that moment I realised that I would never be a top engineering scientist because I could not put that much passion and devotion into a LOAD OF METAL

That was it.

I put in my notice.

Now that sounds neat – but of course what was I going to do.  There was no plan B.

My Dad

My dad was a very blunt Yorkshire man and life had not been good for him.  He didn’t come out of the war well and was not a well man.

He had one or two opinions about me leaving a course during the first year.

I got the “we tried to give you the best we could’ talking to.

Along with – “what are you going to do now?”

My initial reaction was that I thought that teaching would fit me better but there was some time to wait before I could get on a course.

My Dad “What are you going to do till you start your teaching course?”

Me “I will randomly select a job in the local paper and go for it”

Dad “What?”  (a very exasperated huffy what

And that is what I did.

Kelvedon Spastics Society Education Centre

I opened the jobs page, shut my eyes, wiggled my finger around and it landed on ‘Spastics Society House Father’  (Now called Scope).

It was a further education place for severely disabled students who were exceptionally intelligent.   For example one of them was a political history expert who wrote for various papers.   He typed with a stick held to his head.

At 20 years what an experience it was – the students were quickly my friends.  It was hard work and I lived in so I never really felt off duty.  I wasn’t trained though.

What a difference it all was from the oscilloscopes at Marconi’s

My future was beckoning.  I realised that I needed to train in nursing.

Thank you Malcolm for that day up the mast.

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