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  1. Hi, So is just the exam students that need to go in ?
  2. Hi, Just off topic slightly, but someone said it was a public holiday, so why were the children all at school ?
  3. Hi, I thought teachers were paid a salary, so they don't get extra for working a bank holiday I could be wrong. If it's a Shetland bank holiday why were the children at school, if it was not a Shetland bank holiday why pay the teachers extra?
  4. Smelling and drinking mulled wine and roasted chesnuts always drew crowds perhaps with some candy floss in some towns on the mainland, especially on late night shopping and always went down very well.
  5. I just think it could do with bit more colour and sparkle perhaps not spending lots of money but bit more effort or thought into some of the windows and outside the shops. Just seems such a shame at this time of year there is not much for the children to get excited about walking through town which all helps to make Christmas time more magical especially for the toddlers in pushchairs and babies in prams looking at pretty colours of xmas etc . I also think it gives people a lift and helps create that excitement and festive mood.
  6. Lerwick town doesn't seem very festive at all, not much in the way of festive window displays and just a few little xmas trees with just a very few decorations on .It just doesn't appear very welcoming or festive for this time of year and nothing much really for children to oohhhh that's really nice some people have made a really nice festive effort. Surely if the tone feels warm ,festive and welcoming people would perhaps hang around and spend more, putting people into festive mood and good cheer and all that. Personally it does kind of look bit depressing does anyone think so?
  7. Hi, yes I too did the cecchetti ballet classes when I was a lot younger and did some of the exams and my eldest daughter followed the RAD syllabus again took some exams and enjoyed moving up the classes/grades. Some of the children did extremely well and went on to stage schools or audition for the Royal Ballet School for those that showed outstanding promise and some children just enjoyed the lessons for fun in a structured way.
  8. Hi , Yes I will. However most of the ballet schools that do the above lessons RAD or Checcetti appear to be in Aberdeen ,which obviously just not possible, but you never know, someone might start classes in future which would be lovely for some of the children that might like to try it.
  9. This is example style of classical ballet lessons I'm after, children wear set uniform and work towards grades(if they choose to) following the distinctive method of training from a set structured syllabus. http://www.oundleschoolofballet.co.uk
  10. Hi, Thank you for the contact, I'm not sure whether the above group follow a formal set syllabus for teaching or indeed do RAD or cecchetti method which is a distinctive style of classical ballet, however I will ring and ask just in case so thank you again.
  11. Hi, Does anyone know whether anybody teaches ballet more specifically Royal Academy Dancing (RAD) or Cechetti method classes to grade examinations here on Shetland I'm guessing probably not have not seen anything advertised so bit long shot, thanks.
  12. Hi I agree but for some people just trying get a reasonable balanced diet can be quite a challenge as it is, which is why I said earlier despite having good diet and varied some people could still fall short . You have to be a bit sensible a lot people are not going to study and research or the in and outs exactly what they are going to put into their mouth every mealtime and which vitamin/mineral might block absoption of another during their busy lifestyles. I would have thought best would be a varied diet and balanced as you can get for yourself and if you think you might benefit from additional supplement then do and pick out bits of information that people offer like B12 video clip that might helpful or useful to themselves . However some groups of people might want seek further medical advice. Yes I agree diet is important and how everything works but sometimes keeping thing little simple can have good effect too, too much info can be off putting to some especially it becomes too complicated .
  13. rich foods and you could also supplement with B12 . Remembering that B12 DOES require combination of B vitamins to work effectively. iron rich foods are better than Spatone in the diet ,but Spatone is excellent natural supplement if you need to just to add or boost levels.
  14. Hi, I suppose for preventive measures obtaining B12 naturally from food would always be best and preferred option, the problem of this is eating right food rich in B12 in sufficient amounts. In its natural state it is far more useful to the body % wise. The same as iron, iron taken in its natural form is virtually impossible to overdose on and the body takes up a much greater % of it, it takes only what it needs. Spatone is excellent example.with it being in a natural form there are virtually no side effects unlike iron tablets where the tablets are artificially produced and %iron uptake that useful is not as good and its is possible to overdose on iron tablets. So in an otherwise healthy person as purely prevenitive measure check diet try to include B12
  15. Hi, well we hope at least some of our medical profession will read at least some of the info we can but hope, when I started the One world birth thread and putting info for mothers out there to start to ask questions on eg options/choices in pregnancy ,birth and beyond which some mothers were clearly being denied or bullied into other choices, it did get people talking as to what is going on in our maternity services, and where to find up to date information if they feel they were being fobbed off etc.with relevant organisations and where to get outside help. It also raised awareness of conflict of interest role held in a management position. The more people discuss, talk about the subject raise questions of the subject and don't be allowed to be fobbed off and be provided research that's up to date and evidence the better. This is what starts to drive standards up and starts changes. We could be banging our heads on a brick wall, but you never know just someone here in medical profession may just do some reading and start to ask questions on behalf of patients but then again I won't hold by breath . Excellent post in raising awarenss of B12 so at least people can be aware themselves of the problems of getting a diagnosis and what likely they are likely to expect with regards testing etc which could affect any of us at anytime lets not be ignorant thinking I've got no symptoms so by B12 will be fine we should all be informed. Sometimes there is still an old attitude i'm the doctor your the patient, you do as you are told and don't question so some people do put and shut up. Very hard to overcome especially perhaps with some elderly and younger people who may find harder to question authority in a certain position.
  16. Hi, The problem is going come what do you do if you suspect B12 deficiency, we go to our GP and then what ? We know some GP's are not clued up enough on the subject, are they going to agree to get accurate blood testing done? Are they going to also test for it if they are not sure - just to be on the safe side ? We know its easilty treatable and cheap to cure but getting a proper accurate diagnosis is another whole story.. What do you suggest?
  17. Hi, I'm guessing like iron your Hb only tells you what is flowing around the body at that given time. It's your Ferritin levels that tells you exactly what iron reserves you have and if you were truly anaemic you want your Ferritin levels checked and MCV (mean cell volume ) rather than just it which can vary even throughout the day. So like B12 what flowing around your body from simple blood test if a patient is truly deficient and has been supplementing it can still mask results. Most of us like to think we have pretty good diet I eat a lot of raw fruit and veg as well as meat as well as some cooked veg but I eat more raw vegtables as part of a balanced diet I would have no idea still if I was deficient in B12. B12 deficiency can sneak up on you, and you can be pretty low on it before some people start to notice symptoms, by the time you do you you need more than just overcounter B12 and you need accurate blood testing before any supplements are given so results are not masked in any way. Given that B12 will only work with other B vitamins and Folic acid deficient in one of the other B vitamins/ folic acid could also lead to B12 deficiency. It would be interesting to test example Shetland population for B12 and see the results never happen obviously, but I'm betting there is quite a lot us unaware that our B12 are not what they should be whether we are experiencing symptoms or not. What would be sensible would be to test for B12 during certain times during our lives teenagers , pregnant women , anyone with malabsorption issues, elderly etc
  18. Hi, You would have to go through your GP in most cases first for example if you thought for another example you might be deficient in B12, whom if he/she agreed it was a possibility, then refers you to someone /hospital/clinic who could offer more specific help diagnosis treatment . Some GP'S are better for referring things than others .
  19. Hi, I totally agree with your post . Living on an island does make it harder sometimes to access better health care some may say you choose to live on an island, for some things/cases this is a poor excuse that often gets rolled out , not to be providing up to date research/medical care. Some things are not getting properly referred. While most people except and understand we have a more limited service for some things here on Shetland , this does not stop professional NHS staff being properly informed in some cases and being properly up to date current medical thinking. Like you say if you don't like how your being treated in a hospital for example it's not like there is another hospital on the island, to certain extent you are at the mercy whoever is overseeing your case and for some conditions you just got to hope that proper referals to right specialists are made and with some conditions like B12 deficiency and coeliacs disease you sometimes have to see a specialist once a year and sometimes getting a proper diagnosis can prove difficult without these specialists so you got hope the doctors that first see you are clued up enough to then make appropriate referals and to get best treatment for you. With something like B12 DEFICIENCY it can cut across all groups of people even pregnant women. Its so often overlooked to me personally taking B12 is as important as taking Folic acid in pregnancy. You can not overdose on it however be deficient in can kill. It works with other B vitamins and together with Folic acid protects the nervous system {mainly the myelin sheath around the nerves} personally speaking now it should be routinely tested for . It's overlooked often because many assume unless you have symptoms of pernicious anaemia you don't have the deficiency and getting a proper accurate diagnosis can be difficult with the blood work alone. Yet it one of the cheapest easiest deficiencies to treat. For someone deficient in B12 taking a general vitamin pill over counter the amount of B12 may well not be anywhere close to what your body actually needs. Raising B12 awareness is essential and getting appropriate treatment is essential.
  20. Apologies computer froze. There seems or appears to be difficulties in getting a correct accurate diagnosis via bloodwork and with some medicines and supplement masking the condition complicates matters further . It would be good if every GP saw the link even it only raised the awareness provided /provoked further discussion/research and something to consider when patient presents themselves with range of symptoms that could suggest B12 deficiency.
  21. HI, My concern would be are the GP'S fully aware of vitamin B12 defficency causes and symptoms and how to test for it accurately? For many years doctors were trained to associate the B12 deficiency with pernicious anaemia only and research has proven you do not need this form anaemia always to be deficient in
  22. Hi, A very interesting post. Could this be a possible answer as to why there is a high incidence of MS on Shetland through misdiagnosis? or could be a B12 deficiency t rather than or Vitamin D ? It would appear from the link that B12 deficiency is becoming very overlooked and on a rapid increase, it would be interesting to see serum results of B12 in various groups of people and just see what numbers of people are actually truly with very low in B12, especially as it can be masked . Interesting as to what the medical profession here and Scotland make of the link.
  23. There are number people who are in poverty but do not pick up certain benefits because of the stigma attached. An example of this is the free school meals. The application for this goes through the school so you have a situation where members of the school know which children have school free meals and those that don't and although there should be confidentiality employees of the school tend to live in the same area as the parents/children. This in turn with some school on Shetland being a lot smaller than lot of school on the mainland some parents would not feel comfable knowing their neighbours may know who in receipt of eg free school meals for their family.
  24. Hi, The monkey has now been found thankyou to all that took the time to read this post. One very happy 2.5 yr old girl can sleep well tonight.
  25. Hi, Thanks, perhaps someone may have tied it up on the fencing will drive out tomorrow and have good look around just in case.
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