After 2 months of cortisol pumping, I give you Phillip the Pump! Thanks everyone who has supported Phillip with enthusiasm. People have been asking me how he's going. I've been answering with incoherent mumbling including the words "so much to learn", "exhausted" and "rash". But I've pulled myself together somewhat and I'm ready to show him off to the world.
My journey to get a cortisol pump in Australia has been long and challenging. The medical and healthcare systems created much grief. Let me take you through the 7 stages of grief accompanied by small animals.
If you're contemplating becoming a cortisol-pumper, one of the first things you'll be keen to know is "how much is this baby going to set me back?", closely followed by "does it come in leopard print?" Find out what you might need to pay to get up and pumping in Australia.
After 3 years of advocacy, I am finally travelling interstate tomorrow to get my cortisol pump. Yay! I thought it was timely to document why I wanted a pump. Since others have already done an excellent job of providing a scientific rationale for cortisol pumps, I've gone for a science-fiction rationale with the alternative title - "fairy godmothers vs robots". Enjoy x
"Cortisol pumping is a non-evidenced based, off-label treatment that's not done here in Australia and even if it was, it would be too expensive for you and could kill you" was the wall of opposition that I faced and side-stepped before starting cortisol pumping. Equip yourself with the knowledge to overcome this wall of misinformation.
We all know the classic tale of Addison's Disease and the Magic Pill in which the young woman takes one pill a day and lives happily ever after. But have you read the alternative, Bloody Marvelous ending or the Director's Cut? In these versions, the outcomes for our herione are far more dire, driving her on a life-saving journey to find the fabled magic pump.
After ten years of seeking answers for fluctuating energy levels, my twin diagnoses of Hashimoto's and Addison's Diseases arrived a couple of weeks apart. Addison's was delivered in the emergency department at around midnight on 14th June 2014 by the simple act of reading 2 numbers. For several hours, I'd been harassing any nurse who … Continue reading The Emergency Delivery of Addison Disease
If asked to take the cocktail-party challenge and explain Addison's Disease in a single entertaining sentence, I would say "my adrenal glands were damaged during a knife-fight with Mr Addison." [Insert pause for laughter]. I'd then proceed to say "yep, I'd never heard of Addison's Disease before diagnosis either. This is the disease that gave … Continue reading What is Addison’s Disease: Explanations to Entertain, Educate and Impress a Crowd