I have never really been one for gardening. Even when I was growing up, I think the most successful planting I ever did was of some cress in school. And I think that only worked because everyone else’s did as … Continue reading Gardening is good for my mental health… and helps some charity as well as I #PlantPink
This morning I had an outpatient appointment with the neurology department at Beaumont Hospital in north Dublin. This referral was made from the HIV clinic in the hospital about a year ago, and finally, it came through. The particular reason … Continue reading Referral to neuropsychology
All haemodialysis machines have tubes that take blood away from the body of the patient and tubes that return the blood after it has been cleaned. For ease of identification, many machines clearly mark these as red (from the body … Continue reading Not being colour-blind, blue and red should not be that easy to muddle up…
It’s hard to believe that I now attend the HIV clinic at Beaumont Hospital in north Dublin every six months. But that is what is happening. This is great as it means there are not so many trips from the … Continue reading Six months in arrears. Is this the best for results?
As we are now into 2022, it’s now over three years since I started receiving dialysis because of kidney failure due to Goodpasture Syndrome. On occasion, it is hard to believe that it has been as long as that, and … Continue reading 2022 challenges for the year
GENEVA, 29 November 2021—UNAIDS issued a stark warning today that if leaders fail to tackle inequalities the world could face 7.7 million* AIDS-related deaths over the next 10 years. UNAIDS further warns that if the transformative measures needed to end AIDS … Continue reading UNAIDS warns of millions of AIDS-related deaths and continued devastation from pandemics if leaders don’t address inequalities
Since I started treatment for living with HIV and for my kidney failure, I have always attempted to keep track of the various blood results that come in. As I get further and further down the line of both conditions, … Continue reading Keeping track of blood results is important
Yesterday, as it was Monday, I expected there to be some difficulty in cannulating myself for my dialysis session. What I did not expect was that it would take my named nurse and I several attempts and then think that … Continue reading Right amount of fluid taken off, but still ½ a kilo over my dry weight?
Last Thursday, I was one of three renal patients who attended the onsite opening of the B. Braun Wellstone Renal Care Centre in Downs, Port Laoise. The Renal Care Centre is where I receive my thrice-weekly dialysis sessions. Leading up … Continue reading B. Braun Wellstone Midlands Renal Care Centre opened in Port Laoise
Being prescribed a new medication always means learning about what side effects there may be, and how the medication should be taken. This is why patient information leaflets are a vital part of the pharmaceutical industry. (However much they annoy … Continue reading Patient information leaflets are important