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Omg! Meet the Beautiful Girl Who Bleeds From Her Eyes and Ears …

Marnie Harvey

Marnie Harvey, a 17-year-old girl is suffering from a horrific mystery condition which causes thick, stinging blood to seep from her eyes and ears. According to Daily Mail, Miss Harvey s condition has baffled doctors for three years and has left her virtually housebound. Now, desperate for a diagnosis, she is sharing her story in the hope of getting her life back. Miss Harvey s ordeal began in 2013 when she woke up with blood spatters on her pillow.

Her terrified mother Catherine, 43, took her to the GP but despite several tests, no cause could be found. For the next two years she was sent for more investigations and told to change her diet, eliminating food groups from sugar to dairy, in a bid to find out what was causing her symptoms. But her condition continued to get worse and in July last year she was horrified to wake with gloopy blood seeping from her eyes. She now bleeds from her eyes, nose, ears and fingernails up to five times a day but doctors from every area of medicine are baffled as to why.

Marnie Harvey

In the last few weeks, she has also started to bleed from her tongue and scalp. Thought to be the only person in the UK and possibly the world with this unique set of symptoms doctors have dubbed the frightened teenager The Mystery Girl. Recalling the moment she woke up with her eyes bleeding, Miss Harvey said: Red, gloopy tears were dripping out of my right eye.

I had blood all over my face and a shooting pain behind my eyes.

I felt my way downstairs and there, my parents, brother and sister all screamed when they saw me. My brother called an ambulance.

According to her: I never used to get ill and have always been a healthy girl. I loved sports at school and was on track to get good GCSE s.

Then in February 2013 I was at home when I started coughing up blood.

Her doctor sent her for a chest scan, which came back clear, but the worrying symptom continued for two years.

She frequently attended North Staffordshire Hospital and had further blood scans, which again, came back showing nothing amiss. Then, she developed a pain in her side but tests couldn t reveal why. She also began suffering migraines and sickness so bad she missed weeks of school.

Marnie Harvey and her mother

After her attendance dropped below 50 per cent her parents were threatened with legal action. However, Miss Harvey managed to take her GCSE exams but didn t get the results she was hoping for. Believing the symptoms might be related to her diet, doctors advised her to try eliminating food groups. Over the course of two years she cut out dairy, chocolate, gluten, wheat and sugar but nothing worked.

She said: I never really ate that much cheese or chocolate anyway, but I gave up everything that could be causing my ill-health. We could never find a correlation between what I ate and how I felt.

By June 2015 the headaches and sickness had worsened. However, what was to happen next was truly horrifying.

My eyes started bleeding. Then my nose and ears. It was a dark red, gloopy blood. It didn t gush out, it seeped.

Miss Harvey had gone to bed with a headache. When she woke up her vision was blurry and as she stumbled towards the mirror, she was in for a shock. She had blood over her face and a sharp pain behind her eyes. When she went downstairs her terrified family called an ambulance immediately and she was taken to hospital.

Yet, once again, doctors couldn t find anything wrong and she was sent home, only for the bleeding to return. Mrs Harvey took her daughter back to hospital where they were referred to the ear, nose and throat (ENT) and eye department. Mrs Harvey said: Marnie was tested for a tumour behind her eyes. They looked in her ears and up her nose and put a camera down her throat.

Everything came back clear. As far as results were concerned, she was the picture of health.

The bleeding continued as often as five times a day and Miss Harvey said she felt like her life was on hold. When it flows, she can t eat or open her eyes as the blood stings.

Mrs Harvey is now appealing for anyone who might know what could be wrong with her daughter to help them out.

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References

  1. ^ Source (www.tori.ng)

New Mum Online: Taking Time off Work for a Child's Critical Illness

Do you remember the days when you only had to worry about work deadlines and whether you’d get up early enough to make that breakfast meeting with a client or get a train to an offsite location. Then kids come along and all of a sudden you’re juggling those worries which all of a sudden seem inconsequential with the bigger worry of your children’s welfare, both now and for the future. The worry of working parents begins the minute the sperm meets the egg I think. Or perhaps even before, when the twinkle is in Daddy’s eye. My first worry was giving up my role and that my maternity cover may be better than me. Oh with hindsight, that’s the funniest thing ever with what did actually transpire. Anyway I was in bed at 21:30 for the first trimester which was amazing as that used to sometimes be the time I got in from work. Things were looking good and I had a spring in my step. It was 2009. Then that Christmas my employer got management consultants in at a cost of I think 500k. We had to do long hours for the next 6 months to impress them and keep our jobs. Heavily pregnant I was sometimes running to Pizza Express for 10 pizzas for “men” in the boardroom at 8p.m. at night. Such a change when I used to be at those boardroom meetings and our management team used to be 80% female. Before I went on maternity leave my politically incorrect new MD (not from the UK, with NO idea of employment law) started to drop hints that I could go part-time. His way of instigating this, was to insist I employ a maternity cover part-time but luckily I did a business case for all my role involved and I was allowed to get a full-timer, but alas she made SUCH a hash of my role, that not only did I need to come in from maternity to fire her (I was the HR Manager if that sounds harsh) but I also had to work from home during maternity. Some members of the management team phoned me whenever they felt like it, so it was unsustainable and I was looking at my BlackBerry longer than I’d look into my baby’s eyes. So I told them it had to stop. They THEN did get the part-timer they wanted this time and this time she was given the mission to make ME part-time despite it being an illegal thing to do to someone on maternity leave. If you Google it, you only find ladies themselves wanting to go part-time not the other way round. So to cut a long story short I got compensation out of them (not a huge amount) and returned to work part-time and made it suit me, which eventually it did. My first few months back at work I didn’t take any time off due to Aaron being sick as he wasn’t. But fast forward to another new MD and there was a day I could not go in. It’s bad that parents get tarnished with a reputation for taking time off with kids as I think that was the only day I had but later after I’d been made redundant I would have needed time off for his chickenpox and this week now 2016 I would have needed a week off as we both have flu. Oh and noro virus was way worse than chickenpox. Whether it’s Mummy or Daddy that stays home, the little one needs parental love to speed up their recovery. Add hospital visits to that scenario and the logistics get more complicated. You don’t get paid when your child is sick which I guess is why sometimes parents pretend to be sick themselves. The best thing to take is parental leave[1], which can be taken in blocks of one week, but that is unpaid[2]. As a Mum, your root chakra demands that you provide for your child, so financial worries during times of critical illness are far from ideal. So imagine my delight when I found out about Insure With Max. I don’t need it now as I am a stay at home mum but I will certainly be talking it through with Daddy. Imagine though, if the illness was something more severe than flu or chickenpox, God forbid. What would you/we do?!?!? Insure With Max’s tagline is: While you look after your child during a serious illness, we look after your take home salary Any parent with a seriously ill child relies on the NHS to provide world class treatment. The parents become part of the round the clock care team ensuring that their child has the best chance of recovery. However, who is going to pay the bills, while a parent stops working to care for their child? This was the question faced by Max Robinson s father, when Max s half-sister was born with a rare medical condition. Max s father and step mother had to drop everything as they were consumed with hospital visits. Eventually his father became the full time carer and his step mother went out to work; but they had less take home salary. This was reflected by other families with sick children suffering financial hardship from reduced employment. Max felt that the insurance industry could be a force for good by helping working families. He not only worked in insurance for many years, but also was a qualified practitioner. In 2015, Max carried out in-depth market research around what working parents wanted in terms of a new insurance. He leant that nearly half the market found his product known as ChildMax very appealing. ChildMax is offered by Insure With Max[3], for working parents who are employed, self-employed or a company director. It covers children, either natural, step or adopted from 3 months to 18 years old. The take home salary that can be insured, ranges from 1,000 to a maximum of 5,000 per month. The actual premium paid by the parent is worked out using the size of take home salary, the number and age of the children. The premium starts at the equivalent of 33p per day for an annual policy. Following the child s diagnosis, the ChildMax will pay the parents take home salary within 30 days of the claim being agreed. The parent can elect to take a 12-month unpaid leave of absence from work during the policy period, or in the following 10 months after the policy expires. Knowing that parents have different patterns of work, ChildMax offers claim flexibility by allowing the parent to return to work on a full-time, part-time or other flexible basis. ChildMax covers 12 child illnesses: aplastic anaemia, benign brain tumor, bacterial meningitis, cancer, blindness, deafness, kidney failure, loss of hands or feet, major organ transplant, multiple sclerosis, paralysis of limbs and stroke. It also covers 7 medical conditions: coma, traumatic brain injury, loss of a hand or foot, blindness, third- degree burns, deafness and paralysis of limbs. Parents have peace of mind knowing that the sale of ChildMax is regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). For more information, visit InsurewithMax.com to see: special ChildMax features[4] or telephone the UK call center team on 0333 323 0098.

References

  1. ^ parental leave (www.acas.org.uk)
  2. ^ unpaid (www.acas.org.uk)
  3. ^ Insure With Max (www.insurewithmax.com)
  4. ^ special ChildMax features (www.insurewithmax.com)

Are Procurement Professionals Stuck in the Stone Age?

Market Dojo and Odesma partner to combine their intuitive eSourcing software[1] and expertise in offering business advisory services[2] to offer clients a winning procurement solution. Read Part I, where Ed (one of Odesma s co-founders) and Anya (of Market Dojo) initially ponder the neanderthalic ways of B2B software
Slowly and surely, not only do we see B2B companies adopting these B2C ideologies, but some B2C companies are jumping in and filling the gap left by B2B providers. Granted, the complexity of B2B companies isn t completely covered by the consumer oriented companies, and so they are aiming more at the smaller companies, but all the same it still highlights a shift in the market.

By taking a couple of examples, we can see where these changes are happening and examples of B2C solutions doing it right:

Are Procurement Professionals Stuck In The Stone Age?
The transportation networking company Uber[3] originally focussed on the B2C space by bringing together people looking to travel in the same direction, aggregating the demand and sharing out the cost of the journey to charge a lower price. Targeting those traveling for personal reasons and commuters, they are paying special attention to the business sector with their latest development of business profiles.
More recently, focus has shifted to the freight industry where they hope to achieve similar by introducing mobile-based freight brokering technology[4]. Not only will there be a reduction in number of empty miles travelled, mobile-based freight brokering technology can help lower operating costs, improve fuel efficiency, boost asset utilization and enhance resource productivity.

Benefits which Uber have been reaping since they formed in 2009.


Amazon[5] touch briefly on the B2B side with Amazon Business. With benefits like integration with Purchasing systems and order approval workflows, they have adapted Amazon to create Amazon for business.
Are Procurement Professionals Stuck In The Stone Age?

This could have extreme effects on the the current technology providers should Amazon develop an eSourcing/eAuction aspect and it would not be that difficult for them to make the shift.

Another area in which Amazon has moved to a B2B focus is with their hosting options. This isn t an adaptation of their B2C offering, but an entirely new market for them. (more info)

Airbnb, for example, provide a marketplace that allows one to search for and/or offer accomodation. Their sleek design, mobile-optimisation, carefully thought-out filters and simple sign-in methods are something to be rivalled. Having relied heavily on investment, they have been able to afford the development costs and created a really neat SaaS product.[6]

But will this new technology, mainly adopted by new companies, only appeal to the millennials of today? Will previous generations appreciate this or seek their old faithful, familiar, providers.

Jive is also an interesting example. Marketed as THE NEXT LEAP FOR SOCIAL INTRANET SOFTWARE, their user interface is very similar to that of Facebook Facebook 3 years ago.


Are Procurement Professionals Stuck In The Stone Age?

The concept is brilliant – provide companies with an internal social platform to share company news and collaborate. However the user interface still leaves something to be desired. Granted it s one of the best on the market, and I am in no way criticising them specifically, but overall, there is still a lack of ease-of-use in B2B social platforms in comparison with B2C. Is this because we expect it, because more complexity is required, or because the design needs to remain colourless and simple.


LinkedIn[7] have recently redesigned their groups making them more user-friendly and appealing, so increased usability is something which they pay attention to. But the creativity of design is definitely lacking in the B2B world. Why does business have to be so boring!? The procurement community is lucky to benefit from the industry specific social platform Procurious which, with its bright colours and easy interface has a very B2C feel – which differs greatly from LinkedIn. In the picture on the left, you can see crowded text and pictures with no clear direction of what to look at next with a few small tabs at the top to interact with.

On the right the information on the profile page is broken down into tabs and the contact information on the left-hand side makes it easy to see details of an individual.

Are Procurement Professionals Stuck In The Stone Age?

It seems that Procurious, being a more recent development, has taken learnings from other solutions (in its space) to create a more user friendly social media platform. Whilst LinkedIn (above left) is busy and cluttered, Procurious provides a more simplistic, clearer view. If you haven’t done so already, definitely recommend getting involved there and signing up to the tool.

[8]
Alibaba[9] provides an online platform for global wholesale trade. They launched in 1999 and attempt to make sourcing of goods and suppliers more simple for businesses, working with millions of suppliers across the globe.

Within the tool, they have a categorised search option for buyers with the ability to get quotations from the approved supplier list within Alibaba (AliSource Suppliers).


Are Procurement Professionals Stuck In The Stone Age?

As B2B technology companies are beginning to realise the benefits of being easy to use etc., what changes do we think will happen? How do we envisage the B2B tech space evolving within the next 5-10 years? Market Dojo put an article[10] together examining what we will look like in 10 years time and how we will have to adapt and change to remain ahead of the game. With a focus on us as an eSourcing company, we came up with a few conclusions, most of which can be applied not only to eSourcing, but to B2B technology companies as a whole. The table below looks at different functions of technology and predictions on how they might change within the B2B landscape.


Function

Change

Mobile Technology

Whilst consumers are ever increasing their use of mobile tech, are businesses going to become more reliant on this in the workplace? The simple answer is yes. B2B companies need to be aware of becoming even more responsive, searchable and usable across the mobile technology of the future?

Google (power of the web/search)

Will this develop enough and become intelligent enough to make other applications obsolete? Such as developing more intelligent supplier search function and becoming the de-facto supplier database though their categorisation.

APIs

The ability to integrate between solutions is already possible, but in the future it is set to become even more simple. We expect it becoming ever easier to integrate with any (software) component through standard connectors, so that best of breed becomes as attractive or even better than ERP solutions.

Amazon/Google/Apple B2B platform

Established companies moving into other areas (E.g. developing eMarketplaces) and threatening the smaller providers with their ability to quickly develop technology. This is already happening.

Procserve, for example, have built links with Amazon for B2B purchasing. (See full article here.)[11]

Eradicating the user interface

Moving from slick user interface to ‘no user interface’, as per this Coupa article. A rather controversial idea, but we can see some logic that instead of having to log into a tool every day, instead it fits around your life so you can interact with it outside the tool via Voice Activation such as Google Voice, Siri, Cortana, etc.[12]

True commoditization

The final stage of the technology lifecycle is commoditization. (See Market Dojo s video on the four stages of technological growth taken from a TED lecture.)[13]

Integrated market information

How global news stories affect various aspects of your business and what technology can do to make companies more aware and faster.
Also how tech can keep companies updated with what s being said about their brand. (Ref. Owler.)[14]

More focus on AI & Automation/robotics

The software could take actions when it ‘thinks’ it is needed. e.g. within eSourcing – delay an auction due to lack of liquidity, or suggest a better lot structure based on the bids received.

Public Sector Procurement

A big shake-up in the public sector software market to disrupt the legacy tools with their complex workflows and procedures to be a slick tool that people enjoy using. E.g. Matrix SCM[15]

IT involvement & Security barriers

IT s function is changing from an in-house design/build/implement function to a strategic business partner who guide business stakeholders in the selection of appropriate SaaS systems.

Marketing

How will people find us in the future, compared to how they find us now?
How will the power of search change in the future?
At the minute, the focus is on Content Marketing, but what next?
More personalised, more interactive marketing?


As you can see, we expect the Market Dojo platform to become more intuitive and user-friendly over the next few years. Is this true of all business softwares? Will we (realistically) be able to prioritise usability and design over functionality and features?

The authors have pondered long and hard the question of when the B2C approach will catch on in the B2B World. We think it is progressively changing, but will for the reasons listed earlier take some time to change. New suppliers with easy to use solutions are coming to the fore, Coupa and Egencia come to mind. But we postulate that it will be a slow change process, with perhaps another 5 years before the whole B2B solution market feels like today s B2C environment – at which point the B2C landscape will possibly be different again! To stay at the forefront of technology, can B2B companies look to B2C arena as a gauge of what s to come?

What are your thoughts?

THE AUTHORS

Ed is co-founder of Odesma, a new breed of business advisory firm, one that is uniquely on demand providing virtual procurement through the Procurement PeopleCloudTM. He is a results orientated executive level business leader with 25 years global professional services, consulting and functional experience in procurement, supply chain and change management. Previously with Xchanging plc, Ed had Executive leadership responsibility for running the global procurement and HR outsourcing businesses. He has also held senior level consulting and functional roles with QPGroup, ShareMax Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ed can be contacted at [email protected] or at:

Odesma Limited, Woodrow, Off Snape Hall Road, Whitmore
Staffordshire ST5 5HS
Tel: +44 (0)161 433 7833
www.odesma.co.uk[16]

Having joined the team in early 2015, Anya manages marketing and market analysis at Market Dojo. Market Dojo is the only e-Sourcing software provider to offer an easy to use, professional solution with completely transparent pricing. From creating content and managing social platforms, to attending networking events and building client relationships, Anya is the first point of call for any questions you may have about Market Dojo.


If you re interested in hearing more, get in touch:
Anya McKenna

References

  1. ^ eSourcing software (www.marketdojo.com)
  2. ^ business advisory services (odesma.co.uk)
  3. ^ Uber (www.uber.com)
  4. ^ freight brokering technology (www.sdcexec.com)
  5. ^ Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  6. ^ Airbnb (www.airbnb.co.uk)
  7. ^ LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)
  8. ^ Procurious (www.procurious.com)
  9. ^ Alibaba (www.alibaba.com)
  10. ^ article (blog.marketdojo.com)
  11. ^ here (www.cips.org)
  12. ^ Coupa article (www.coupa.com)
  13. ^ Market Dojo s video (www.youtube.com)
  14. ^ Owler (www.owler.com)
  15. ^ Matrix SCM (www.matrix-scm.com)
  16. ^ www.odesma.co.uk (www.odesma.co.uk)
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