This is a post about ‘misdiagnosises’ <- (not a word, but should be) and my issues with them.

Before I go any further, I completely understand that the NHS has sadly been stripped of funding in recent years and I back the notion of free healthcare one hundred percent. It is and always should be a human right. Fact.

However, ‪I feel like I also need to talk about the time a clinician / consultant MISdiagnosed me with an illness based on the continent where I originate from MORE than my symptoms and results of the MRI (which took 4 MONTHS to happen in the first place)…‬

‪Apparently, me being Lebanese and it [Lebanon] “being so close to Cyprus” means that I MUST have Bachetes [a Cypriot-based form of arthritis, apparently], which causes a whole host of symptoms that I didn’t, never and still don’t have but also swelling round a joint (which subsequently turned out to just be a sport injury).‬ Umm… If you know me well, you know what’s coming… PARDON!? 👂👋

I’ve had plenty of colds and flus in England, none of them started a full blown conversation with me in English. Illnesses are not location specific. End of. Don’t insult my intelligence…

‪My theory is: the reason they came to this conclusion was because the system had taken so long to have me seen, by which point the worst part of injury had healed, and they were left scratching their heads not knowing what could’ve been the cause…‬

They then proceeded to stick a syringe in my hip (after draining fluid from my knee) and its liquid content looked like chicken broth, no lie. They didn’t (as far as I recall)  even ask me to sign a declaration and I don’t to my knowledge remember them telling me what the liquid was either… Then again, I was heavily sadated with pain relief…

But, what I do remember is that they tried to prescribe me a medication that has a strong likelihood to cause liver damage ‪even though I refuted that I had arthritis, and stated time and time again there’s no family history… Again, PARDON!?!

So let’s do a quick recap… I am the owner and inhabitant of my own body – knowing full well I’ve not got the majority of the symptoms that come with this geographical-location apparently dependent form of arthritis (and have no family history of it) – was being told I have it, then was injected with what looks like liquidated chicken stock, and told to take a liver-damage inducing medication… I think you know what came next… A resounding NO followed by a “I’d like to discharge myself”.

‪Anyway, I went to seek advice elsewhere and was told I had a blocked lymphatic system which worsened my injury. This made more sense to me as I had a relative who suffered from a weak lymph system anyway.

Lesson? Seek a second opinion, always. Your health depends on it…‬

There are more than one possible ‘diagnosises’ for more than one symptom…

Of course, healthcare professionals alike are amazing, but sadly, we’re sometimes met with the wrong clinicians who just look at us as a statistic, even if there’s more than one could-be explanation.

Needless to say the result of this farce of a mis-diagnosis was that I discharged myself and have been injury free for over 9 months, touch wood.

DISCLAIMER: both NHS or private clinicians can be prone to misdiagnosing. It’s a mix of bad luck and timing, nothing more. Like I said, seek a second opinion if it doesn’t feel right and you’ll be fine.

Health Benefits of Belly Dancing
Belly Dancing is extra than just an exercise, it increases wellness as it combines the utilization of mind, body and strength. It improves balance, attentiveness, posture and elasticity. Belly dance students have the capability to practice more elegant, harmonized movement, improved energy
and earlier reflexes.

Improved Posture and Muscle Toning
Our spinal column consists on extra bones and ligaments than every other part of the body. Its 33 vertebrae are stacked jointly in a column attached together by cartilage and ligaments, and approximately each movement of the trunk depends upon its elasticity and function. Muscle
groups that connect to the ligaments and vertebrae generate movement in the chest and pelvis areas. The belly dancing tones these muscles and keeps flexibility in a safe and effectual manner.

Low Impact Form of Exercise
The refined hip drops, twist, and pivots of this dance variety make use of muscle groups in the stomach, pelvis, upper body, backbone, and neckline, working with the body in its place of against it. Contrasting ballet, which can potentially modify and distort the skeleton or supplementary dance forms that work in opposition to somewhat than with the body’s physical inclinations, belly dancing is based on actions that come unsurprisingly to the female form. The benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by women of every age.

Helps in Preparing for Childbirth 

The movements of belly dancing create a superb prenatal exercise procedure that strengthens the muscles used throughout the childbirth process. The conditioned abdominal muscles and standard hip tucks, which are indistinguishable to the “pelvic shaking” trained throughout
prenatal classes, teach the pregnant mother how to shift her pelvis. For women who want natural childbirth, this type of work out through dance, with its importance on muscle control not simply facilitates normal childbirth, but as well makes a superb post-natal exercise that helps support
abdominal tone.

Stress Reduction
The rhythmic movements of the dance and the attention needed to perform them can assist a mind full with everyday stress to  “give permission go” a while and calm down. One consequence of stress is that our bodies stressed up, resulting contractions or spasms in muscle groups, such as those in the neckline, shoulders, or backside. When a muscle is constricted, lactic acid accumulates, creating the “soreness” or tenderness that occurs. Blood streams to the affected muscles drops down as well. The belly dancing smoothly stretches and uses these susceptible muscle groups, and since they are used, blood flow improves and lactic acid is flushed away.

Stressed muscles calm down as they are smoothly worked out, “relieving the muscles” frequently seen in our society. The body becomes flexible and supple, and practitioners often report that pain reduces in the back and neckline areas.

Improve Brain Functioning and Memory
Learning to dance stimulates your brain to create new and diverse neural pathways. Stimulating your mind in fresh ways has been shown to maintain your brain young and ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s and further dementia. Dance produces the liberation of the brain-subsidiary protein neurotropic part that boost the expansion, preservation and smoothness of neurons essential for learning and memory. And dance is a means to assist us get better mood and manage with stress that can stimulate or impede with learning.

The Belly Dance classes provide women a passage for imaginative appearance, self-discovery and hop movement. Lessons are intended to extend and work out the physical body, confront and uplift and mental body and to develop and communicate the spiritual body. Belly Dance is
outstanding for women who are looking for an additional exotic way of exercise, who desire to learn new ways to go and communicate themselves, and those looking for a workout treatment that focuses on mind-body- spirit incorporation through dance.

Guest post by: Elsa Queen

Fascinators are like light-weight headbands which are used to partially cover the head, and, in most cases, they are like a substitute to the traditional hat. In earlier days they were worn on formal occasions such as weddings or horse racing. Now, you can find women wearing them even in casual meetings and outings as a fashion accessory. Still have no idea about what fascinators are? Then try to recall the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. They wear the fascinator in their wedding party and you can even find some fascinator in every western wedding party. Most of the female guests were wearing them. Now a racing fascinator is the one which is generally worn for racing events.

What is the relation between the racing and the fascinator?
Racing originated several centuries ago with the advent of the monarchs and kings. It still remains just as popular event today. Racing involved a lot of money and it was considered a game of the rich. The women, who came to see racing wore fascinators. With the passage of time it became a tradition and racing fascinators became a rage. Since the rich group of people wore the racing fascinator, the fascinators became a mark of status, fashion and class. From the kingdom to the current time, women use the racing fascinators to execute status and these fascinators not only increase their status, and project them in a proper way, but the racing fascinators can also protect their hair from dust and dirt.

So why wear a racing fascinator?
• It can provide great depth to your outfit. Does your outfit lack a little something, but you can’t figure out
what it is? Just wear a racing fascinator and you will find a changed look instantly.
• It won’t matter even if the rest of your outfit is boring because the fascinator will keep the attention.
• Racing fascinators need not be exclusive to racing and people can use them on other events too.
• They make you look fancy and attractive.
• You can showcase your creativity and personality by customizing your racing fascinators. Fascinators are always considered as a best fashion accessory and people can easily carry them.

How to wear them correctly?
• Usually racing fascinators are worn at the right side of your head. So, unless the design is symmetric, make sure that the fascinator is on the right side.
• The color of the fascinators should be lighter than your outfit or you can choose the same color fascinators for your racing events. (This is a bendable rule and exceptions can be made)
• Choose a fascinator that matches your face structure and jaw line.
• A suitable pair of earrings and a neat hairstyle is compulsory. Long, hanging earrings may distract the attention from the fascinator and you can wear some diamond studs with your racing fascinators.

• Make sure the fascinator fits your head and is suitable and appropriate. It should not be too large for you. You can find different types of fascinators available in the market and you can choose the best one according to your face style such as if you have round face then you can choose the rectangle fascinator. For more details, you can contact the fascinator designers and they will assist you to choose the best one for your upcoming event.

Often racing fascinators are expensive and sometimes even cost more than your entire outfit. So, research well and pick them with care. Fascinators definitely bring a positive energy to the room. They make heads turn. So, turn your “Mad Hatter” mode on and go get yourself a racing fascinator.

Guest post by: Amelia Varley