TheraSpecs Review.

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

Thank you to Thera Specs (https://www.theraspecs.com/shop/) for giving me this opportunity to review their product. I have suffered with migraines for quite a few years although I have only recently been diagnosed. Along with the migraines, I also struggle with light sensitivity which obviously makes the migraines worse. When I found out TheraSpecs were going to send me these glasses, I was really excited to see if they made a difference to my life. I’m pleased to be able to say  I wasn’t disappointed.

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I was sent a link to their website  and was told which glasses I could choose from. Even though I was only looking at the indoor only glasses, I still had a few options to choose from with different styles/shapes. Once I had chosen the pair I wanted, the delivery was quick and easy (even coming from America to the UK). I was quite worried that I’d look a little daft wearing them as the lenses are tinted and so make them look like sunglasses, however upon receiving them I found them to look quite stylish (to me anyway!) and so I didn’t feel embarrassed about wearing them in supermarkets etc. When I first put the glasses on at home, I immediately felt that they were very comfortable. I wear prescription glasses for reading etc and compared to them the TheraSpecs glasses are a lot more comfortable to wear, therefore meaning I can wear them for a longer period of time than my reading glasses without them becoming irritating. As with all glasses (I think!) they did eventually start to bother my nose but this was after many hours wearing them – which is not needed often – and taking them off for a short while – something like 10 minutes – solved this problem. I also noticed how super lightweight they are, which is brilliant as I do forget that I’m wearing them sometimes. Obviously, if I am not noticing them on my face then they are not falling off my face! This just saves a lot of bother having to adjust them every two minutes. I was lucky that when my glasses arrived they were already a perfect fit for me, however, the information leaflet I got with the glasses said that they can be adjusted easily by bending the ends to fit around your ear better. I have tried bending mine and it really is that easy! Because the ends are adjustable they are made from what feels like rubber, this again adds to the comfort compared with plastic on other glasses that go around the ears.

One thing I often struggle with, which regularly was enough to cause me a migraine is the lights in supermarkets. I have always found them to be extra bright. Wearing the TheraSpecs glasses has definitely helped this, meaning I can now take time to look around shops properly and with less stress, knowing that It won’t cause a migraine. I also use the glasses whilst at my computer which has really helped as I can now do more – whether that’s writing a blog post, catching up with the news, or doing uni work! I also tried them at the cinema and managed to get through the whole film and leave with a mini migraine which was a lot more tolerable than it could have been.

The TheraSpecs website does offer outdoor only, and combination glasses along with the indoor only which I have. They also offer an option for prescription glasses if that is something that you would need. Overall I have found these glasses to be very helpful in many situations. While my migraines are not gone completely, these glasses do significantly reduce the frequency and intensity of my migraines, making them a ‘must have’ for me. They have surpassed all expectations I had before I received them, and I am still amazed at how something so simple and small as a pair of glasses can make such a big difference to my life. It is definitely something that I would repurchase in the future.

Learning to Say No and Other Musings.

Lately, I’ve been thinking what I want to do with this blog. My main focus is raising awareness and trying to educate people on my chronic illnesses and life as a chronically ill person. And hopefully learning things myself along the way.

 

Update.

I haven’t done an update for a while so I’ll get that out the way first. Things have been pretty crappy to be honest. I have FINALLY moved house which feels amazing. I was living in a first floor flat and when I lost the partial use of my legs last May, I had to bum shuffle up and down the stairs whenever I wanted to go out. The flat was not accessible in the slightest and it was honestly awful – absolutely awful and so disheartening. My housing association left me waiting there for 7 months. 7 MONTHS. Which I think is absolutely disgusting and I dread to think how many other people are out there in the world in my situation – or worse.

So at the end of January, I lost the complete use of my legs and what I mean by that is I can’t move them at all now unless I physically pick them up and move them. It’s awful and so heartbreaking and not knowing how my condition might progress is so scary. I am going to do a post on my main chronic illness FND soon so watch out for that. I saw occupational therapy last month and they have given me some equipment which is really helping me.

I finally have an appointment with the specalist I mentioned a few months ago. It’s in London so it is going to a trek but if it gives me some small grain of hope then it will all be worth it. It’s just a pain that I have to wait until July BUT I am just so grateful that he is actually going to see me. I’m also on the waiting list to see the neuropsychologist for my NEAD.

I think I’ve probably covered everything health wise. I’m just trying to keep busy and distract myself and doing little bits here and there to try and help me feel a bit better about myself.

Learning to say no.

If you know me, you will probably know that I am absolutely terrible at saying no. I hate letting people down and I hate admitting to myself that I’m not able to do everything I used to be able to do. I also hate saying no to myself. If I have a mental note that I have to do things then I hate not completing them. But I am learning and I am trying to say no more often. I’m trying to pace myself and listen to my body – something I never really was able to do before. I am quite lucky in the sense that most of my friends have chronic illnesses themselves so they understand if I don’t reply to their message straight away (or at all) or if I can’t do something. My best friend understands that I’m not able to do something we have planned or help around the house.

I really do try to think positive and focus on the things that I can do rather than what I can’t. It’s not always easy and sometimes I just need to wallow in self pity.

I think that’s all I have to say at the moment. I am trying to grow this blog and raise awareness – and doing my favourite thing, writing. I want this to be a place that people can relate to my posts and maybe learn a thing or two. If there’s anything you would like to see please let me know.

Well if you’ve made it to the end of this post – well done you! ☺

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