What is parenteral nutrition and what does it do? When you are in good health, it is easy to take eating for granted. It’s a normal everyday function that not only sustains the body but can bring considerable pleasure too. But what happens when illness and surgery has deprived us of our ability to absorb … Read moreWhat is Parenteral Nutrition?
Award winning blogger, number one selling author, nutritionist and lifestyle expert Lee Holmes looks into each area of the brain and body to see how gut bacteria may exert an influence over almost every aspect of our health. Don’t you just love a good infographic? This one shows the mounting research that suggests the bacteria … Read moreGut Bacteria – The Brain and Body
Tracy Earley, a nurse consultant for the Integrated Nutrition and Communication Teams based in Preston runs a rapid access clinic 7 days a week to ensure patients get the care they need, when they need it. A Paediatric Nurse by background, Tracy spent 10 years on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit before going onto to … Read moreTracey Earley Interview
My name is Rosemary Martin, I am 70 years old and have been on HPN for over 33 years. 43 years ago I became ill, sickness, diarrhoea, cramps, aching joints, dry skin, hair loss, always feeling cold, I was anaemic and generally depressed because of all this. I certainly could not lead a normal life. … Read moreRosemary Martin
Carolyn Wheatley, from the charity PINNT (supporting people at home on parenteral and enteral nutrition), charts the ups and downs of long-haul travel when you depend on home artificial feeding. ‘I felt so organised – yet so unprepared – for my journey to New York. ‘Organised in terms of meticulous planning; flight, connecting flight, hotels, … Read moreHave rucksack, will travel!
Nutrition is not a word that makes me feel warm and happy. Eating, I love. Food and restaurants and lunch with the family and suppers with my husband I love. Cooking, even. But nutrition always makes me think of a friend of mine who can tell you the calorific value of six beansprouts and the … Read moreNutrition by Geraldine Bledell
Justin Hansen relies on TPN to survive. But that doesn’t stop him achieving great things, both physically and mentally. In October 2013, Justin Hansen and some close friends kayaked more than 400 miles in just 32 days – from the north-east of England to the south-west. It would have been a fantastic achievement for any … Read moreGutless Kayaking
TPN for Elin Wahlstedt is much more than a clinical term. It’s a way of life. “TPN, or total parenteral nutrition, is a medicinal substitute for people who can’t fulfil their body’s nutritional needs with regular food. But that is a terrible explanation for what TPN really is. “TPN is life, at least for me. … Read moreElin Wahlstedt – TPN, A Way of Life
Elin Wahlstedt is dependent on TPN. Coping with her condition on a daily basis takes a lot of planning. Despite this, she appreciates her life and has ambitions for the future. Elin was diagnosed with a rare medical condition at the age of seven (read about her early years here). Having spent several months in … Read moreElin Wahlstedt – Dependent on TPN