With such an unexpected and isolating year in 2020, it’s really easy to lose sight of what your priorities are. As someone who advocates self-care and self-love, wellness has been a priority for me these last few years.
Luckily for me, this comes a little more naturally than it did before – I now take my own personal wellness as well as the wellness of others even more seriously.
That being said, my personal to do list doesn’t seem to ever slow down and if I could wish for one thing this holiday season, it would be to have more hours and time in the day, simply to do the most basic things like taking care of myself physically, mentally and health wise. Like most people, as my to do list gets longer and more hectic, I often find that my health can significantly drop down my list of priorities and that is something I’ve made a conscious effort to work on.
One’s personal wellness, especially medical and physical wellness is incredibly important, especially when in a pandemic which can make the world outside seem like it has stopped. This can put some off prioritising other health concerns, especially those that you may be slightly embarrassed by… like a UTI.
If you don’t already know about UTI’s, don’t feel ashamed. I’ll break it down for you.
A urinary tract infection is an infection of your bladder, kidneys or the tubes connected to them.
Urinary tract infections are usually caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include a sudden need to pee and pain or a burning sensation when peeing. You can usually treat a urinary tract infection with things like painkillers and drinking plenty of fluids or GP may prescribe antibiotics, but in a pandemic, where seeing a GP is increasingly more difficult, how do you navigate around this and give yourself necessary peace of mind? The answer you need is TestCard.
TestCard was born after a chat at school gates. Founders, Dr Andrew and Luke were talking about tests and how people delay seeking medical help. Plucking up the courage to see a doctor can be difficult for most people across different age groups, gender, race and location demographics. The entrepreneurs saw a problem with the way people access tests as well as the timeframe and accuracy of results and communication with local medical services like GP’s and clinics and wanted to simplify the process. For many people globally, tests can be hard to get. Combining their skills to develop TestCard, Dr Andrew and Luke want to make a very complex process really clear, simple and most importantly, accessible.
TestCard is an award-winning med-tech enterprise which has launched an at-home, non-invasive UTI testing kit that turns a smartphone camera into a clinical-grade scanner to detect UTIs such as cystitis.
UTIs can make life miserable for many. It’s estimated half of all women in the UK will have a UTI at least once in their lifetime. TestCard works in partnership with healthcare professionals to help minimise appointments and save healthcare professionals time.
The new test from TestCard, combines a urine test kit embedded into a discreet and unsuspecting postcard, with an accompanying smartphone app which you can download immediately.
What’s next? The UTI Test Strips act like a dipstick. Simply dip into your urine sample briefly then use the smartphone app to scan your results. This is a quick and easy way to detect a urinary tract infection (UTI), with the app showing immediate results that you can choose to share with your GP to help speed up diagnosis and treatment. It’s affordable, easy to use, mind-easing and especially useful for people that get recurring UTIs who are wondering how to manage this concern during the uncertain times.
Here’s a video I created to show you exactly how TestCard works!