Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

April 5, 2016

Great expections: congenital heart disease and pregnancy

Filed under: CHD, pregnancy — ootastic @ 4:13 pm

Otherwise jokily known as “What to expect when you’re Ebstein”.  Following on from my “origin story” about living with a congenital heart defect (CHD), I though it would be interesting to share my experiences of pregnancy.  I tried to focus on aspects unique to the CHD mum and it should be noted that there was a gap of around five years between panels three and five due to unrelated fertility and miscarriage woes.  Bonus points if you can spot the Jareth cameo.  Finally, thanks to Addenbrookes hospital for excellent care of both me and my son (now three years old).



February 26, 2015

30 Film Females: The Skin I Live In (2011 again!)

Filed under: 30 Film Females, acne, CHD — ootastic @ 10:57 am

After drawing a cartoon about my zipper scar, I thought I’d record all of my various scars.  Unlike most posts in this blog series, the idea for the picture came before the film and I decided it suited the Spanish psychological thriller The Skin I Live In.  The disturbingly twisty plot sees Elena Anaya as an unwilling guinea pig in a renegade scientist’s experiment with artificial skin.  The protective face mask she wears is reminiscent of famous fictional artificial intelligences ranging from the 1927 classic Metropolis, spoof spy flick Austin Powers, Pixar animation Wall-E and the recent release Ex Machina.  Incidentally, I love that Wikipedia has a page listing fictional female robots and cyborgs.

I drew a simple representation of the female form (the bodily proportions should imply gender) and added my permanent scars – blue for the older ones from heart surgery and severe chickenpox, red for the more recent ones from teenage acne and my caesarean section.  I still have a few skin blemishes from my bout of hand, foot and mouth disease last year, but these seem to be fading with time.  I occasionally feel self-conscious about my scars, but feel proud of what my body has coped with.  Changing Faces is a charity which supports people who have conditions/injuries or scars/marks which affect their appearance.


February 12, 2015

The Zipper Club

Filed under: CHD — ootastic @ 2:10 pm

A while ago, Comic Nurse asked how I got my scar and the short answer is that I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot.  Thanks to Alder Hey, Addenbrookes and Papworth for taking care of me and to the Somerville Foundation and British Heart Foundation for support.


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