TONSIL STONES

This post today is a bit of a fun one and I thought interesting to write about it as it was an experience that I hadn’t had before.

Going on a wonderful trip to China this summer it was very very hot. For someone who has lived and comes from a hot African country I still couldn’t hack the weather.

The days leading to my return back to England I had a very heavy sensation at the back of my throat leading to me thinking that I was going to come down with my hundredth or maybe thousandth fight with tonsillitis.

Finally I was back in England and my throat was still feeling heavy, but no signs of tonsilitis (which I was estatic about).
I decided to get a torch and look in the mirror.

*shuddering interlude*

To my disgust and a little scared I saw a yellow like ball lodged in my left tonsil.

I didn’t know what to do so I wrote a detailed description into my google server and tonsil stone was the result.
I then watched a lot of videos of how to remove them using a cotton bud and then proceeded to research what they were.
Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are hard white or yellow formations that are located on or within the tonsils.

It’s common for people with tonsil stones to not even realize they have them. Tonsil stones aren’t always easy to see and they can range from rice-sized to the size of a large grape.

Tonsil stones rarely cause larger health complications. However, sometimes they can grow into larger formations that can cause your tonsils to swell, and they often have an unpleasant odor.

There are many things that can cause tonsil stones these are:
poor dental hygiene
large tonsils
chronic sinus issues
chronic tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils)
dry mouth
bacteria
dehydration

On seeing all of these causes from various sources I came to the conclusion that my experience with tonsil stones must have been due to dehydration and having chronic tonsillitis.

There are also symptoms that you may want to be aware off when it comes to tonsil stones these are:
Bad breath
Sore throat
trouble swallowing
ear pain

There are many ways in which we can help treat tonsil stones these include:

practicing good oral hygiene , including cleaning the bacteria off the back of your tongue when you brush your teeth
stopping smoking
gargling with salt water
drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated

Now onto how to remove tonsil stones. Above I had explained how I used a cotton bud. As the tonsils are a sensitive tissue this is a very good and safe way to remove them.  Coughing can also loosen them up.
Another thing is gargelling with salt water

These being just a few things that have been seen as the most effective.

 

ABORTION

Plan B as the young ones like to call it.

But I call it murder.  I understand this might seem harsh and may spark controversy, but allow me to explain myself

I do agree that there are some situations in which some may say  abortion is necessary, however, abortion shouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind, but should be the last resort.

Abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, usually performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.

There are main points I abide by when talking about abortion with others or sometimes with myself (yes I’m one of those ones who like to conversate with themselves) which maybe different with others. The first is faith and second is what the impacts are on the womans health i.e. physically, mentally and emotionally.

With abortion on the rise and most recently Ireland voting whether to allow abortions on the basis that it happens before 12 weeks or if after 12 weeks termination can take place if there is a risk to the womans life or of serious harm to the physical or mental health of the woman up until the 24th week of pregnancy.

Of course as a woman I believe that our bodies are our own and we can do with it as we please . However, we should be considerate about the complications that may occur if termination of pregnancy is the first resort. These are : infection of the womb, some of the pregnancy remaining in the womb, excessive bleeding, damage to the womb. These having both long term and short term effects on the body.

In addition to this there is also education which is important. The saying “knowledge is power” is one of the best sayings I have come across in my 18 years on this earth. I am part of a generation where sex is highly personified and is a common factor in young relationships.

Contraception is the biggest thing that can both prevent pregnancy and also lower the amount of terminations. In addition having detailed talks in schools about the health risks of abortion can also be very helpful and insightful for young teenagers. If I hadn’t have researched on the internet I wouldn’t have known that there were all these risks.

Teenagers aren’t steady researching these things as opposed to researching the latest trends. I know that if someone came in with a couple videos and true life stories that would more likely stay in my mind verses me having to do my own research.

In addition to this is being open about sex and reminding young teenagers/adults that it isn’t something that they should keep hidden and that they have the right to ask questions and seek help.

Many young teenagers/adults are more than likely scared to approach a nurse or sexual health clinic to ask for contraception in fear of being judged. Sexual health clinics are there to advice and help these young people and I think if they made it more clear in a way that will appeal to young teenager/ adults, they are more likely going to be responsive when it comes to seeking help and advice and not relying on their partners “pull out game”. (if you get it , you get it).

HOW RACIST PATIENTS IMPACT DOCTORS OF COLOUR

As a woman of colour I found it necessary to address this issue. I felt I needed to share my thoughts as someone who has and probably will face prejudice because of the colour of my skin.
I came across this video on my recommended on youtube and it piqued my interest because I know there are many doctors of colour practicing in our surgeries and hospitals. The title also brought me back to my work experience where I had witnessed a white male patient refuse a consultation with a coloured doctor because his doctor, white, had taken ill. Although it wasn’t explicit the reason he had refused was because the doctor was a man of colour, the way he acted and the tone of voice he used in his refusal led me to believe that was the reason why.
Although the video is based in America the matter is still universal and the emotion that the female physician had displayed was heartbreaking. To become a doctor we all study the same course for the same duration of time , some for even longer and to be rejected not on the basis that the doctor is incapable of doing the job and delivering the best treatment, but for the colour of their skin can only be described as ” painful and degrading indignities, which cumulatively contribute to moral distress and burnout” ( direct quote from The New England Journal Of Medicine) and can even lead some doctors to stop practicing.
As the next generation of medics this lays heavy on my heart because with the need for more doctors in the NHS this type of discriminatory behaviour will have an impact on the amount of students of colour applying for medical school.

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejL6Z1-PkmE