Product Review: Fresh Assist

Fresh Assist Product Review

Disclaimer: 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.

I was given Fresh Assist to review and it is a pretty neat product. I was pretty interested in this spray because of my IBD. I’ve already tried wet wipes and a bidet. I was definitely interested in Fresh Assist. Especially because it’s so portable.

It’s been really nice to be able to carry around Fresh Assist in my purse. It’s easier to carry around than portable wet wipes. And it lasts a lot longer too! The recommended number of sprays on toilet paper is 2-3 but I use 4-5. Two to three sprays do not seem like enough sprays to me.

There are two scents that Fresh Assist comes in; Soothing Lavender and Cooling Chamomile. I have only tried the Soothing Lavender, and I like it a lot! I plan on eventually getting the Cooling Chamomile! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has to worry about diarrhea. Or just wants a cleaner wipe. This stuff works better than the bidet that I have.

I also used the Fresh Assist during my prep for my colonoscopy. I actually liked it better than my travel bidet and my wet wipes. The travel bidet and wet wipes burned while the Fresh Assist did not! Which is huge! Because prepping for a colonoscopy isn’t any fun and can cause a lot of irritation down there. I don’t think that this will get rid of all irritation while doing a bowel prep, but it definitely helped.

The Soothing Lavender actually has lavender oil in it! And aloe leaf extract. To me, these ingredients make a big difference. It helped a lot with the burning sensation that I was having when I was prepping for my colonoscopy last month.

Another advantage of this spray is that it’s septic safe because you spray it directly onto your toilet paper. You don’t have to worry about whether this product is flushable or not, as long as you have septic safe toilet paper!

How long does a two-ounce bottle last? According to the Fresh Assist website:

On average you get about 400 sprays from a 2 oz. bottle. Figure that will get you through at least 30-40 days of consistent use if not more.

Having the bottle last for 30 days, is really not a bad deal. I pay around $6 for my wet wipes and it only comes with 40 wipes. Now, if I was in a really bad flare, this bottle would definitely not last me 30 days. I’d go through it much faster than that. But I would buy more of it if I needed it during a flare. To me, this stuff is that good.

With the holidays being right around the corner this would be a great product to buy your friends and family as a stocking stuffer! You can get two bottles of it off of Amazon for $12.79. It’s also available for Prime shipping!

I have yet to find any cons for this product. I like it. It smells decent. And it does not cause butt burn when my butt is raw.









Five Favorite: Quotes

Here is a list of my five favorite quotes:

  1. You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.
  2. Your body is not who you are. It is only one aspect of who you are.
    -Danea Horn
  3. There comes a point where it all becomes too much. When we get too tired to fight anymore. So we give up. That’s when the real work begins. To find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.
    – Grey’s Anatomy
  4. Be gentle with yourself. For you are fighting a hard battle.
  5. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
    -George R.R. Martin

#FridayReads: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

#FridayReads - A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas I’m doing this Friday Reads a little differently. I read this book a few weeks ago but I was out of town for work when I read it and I did not make time to blog about it!

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

A Court of Mist and Fury was an amazing book. It’s the second installment of A Court of Thorns and Roses and I can’t wait until the third book comes out! I’m not sure if I can survive until May when it’s scheduled to be published. I want to know SO BADLY what’s going to happen. The plot twist at the end with Feyre, Tamlin, Rhysand and Feyre’s family was INSANE. Sarah J Maas really does know how to create a cliffhanger!

If you like fantasy books I definitely recommend this series! It’s amazing, keeps your interest and you want to keep coming back for more.

What are you reading this weekend?







#GWGLoveYourSummer IBD Campaign

#GWGLoveYourSummer Campaign
Me and my 2003 Kawasaki kx100

This summer Sarah, Katelyn, and I are running a new campaign on Twitter for Girls With Guts. It’s called Love Your Summer. It is a way for people with IBD to share what their fun summer activities are. Now whether it’s camping, reading a book, walking your dog, or hanging out with your cat feel free to tag it with the #GWGLoveYourSummer tag! We will try to retweet your picture or status on the GWG Twitter page.

During this campaign, we will have some weekly topics that we will be posting about on the GWG Twitter page so keep an eye out for them! This week it is about hydration and IBD!

We wanted to do this to show everyone that you can still have fun summer activities, even if you’re limited in what you can do. A few of my favorite summer activities are:

  • Reading a book
  • Riding my dirt bike
  • Smoking and grilling some tasty food!
  • Walking my dogs
  • Camping

What are some of your favorite summer activities?



Time To See A Rheumatologist

Time To See A Rheumatologist - Motorcycles, Books and Colitis

Over the last year or so I’ve been having some problems with joint pain in my hands. I’ve had three “flare ups” of joint pain since last fall. This time was, I guess you could say, the last straw for me. It’s gotten to the point that some days I can’t really handle the pain anymore. I’ve been waking up again with painful hands and swollen fingers. There’s also been a few times that my ankles and feet hurt enough in the middle of the night that they’ll wake me up and then I have a hard time getting back to sleep. I’ve also been in enough pain at times I was pretty much in tears and I finally decided that I had enough.

I went and saw another doctor at my doctor’s office last week(my regular doctors schedule was full). I explained to her what was going on and she feels like something is going on with my immune system and my joints. She ordered a bunch of labs to check for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout and my ANA factor. These tests all came back within normal limits. The only things that were high were my glucose(I wasn’t fasting) and my WBC count(which I already expected to be high because my Indeterminate Colitis was flaring). I also got some xrays of my hands done to check for joint damage and there wasn’t any found. This doctor decided to get me a referral to see a Rheumatologist.

I called my doctors office yesterday to figure out what was going on with my referral. I hadn’t heard anything yet from the Rheumatologist and I wanted to make sure that the referral was sent and it had been. So I called the Rheumatologist office to see what was going on. I apparently got accepted as a patient on Tuesday but when I was talking to the scheduler I was told that I would be placed on a waiting list to schedule my appointment with the doctor. Which I thought was pretty odd. It also made me nervous because I hadn’t asked how long that waiting list was or when they thought they would call me.

And then I got a surprise Wednesday at dinner. It was the Rheumatologist office calling me to schedule my appointment! I get in to see them Aug 18th after I’m back home from training for work. I’m so very happy about this and hope that we will be able to figure out what is going on with my joints. I hope that this appointment goes well, that I can advocate for myself well and that I have a good doctor.