May 1, 2010


It’s been quite a while since  I posted here. The main reason was that everything came to a head at the end of March, and I ended up being admitted to hospital with an abscess caused by MRSA. This was actually quite a good thing as this resulted in a number of things happen.

Whilst in hospital:

  • I restarted my antiretrovirals (Truvada and Viramune)
  • the abscess was drained
  • my clinical psychologist arrived down (instead of me going to visit him)
  • my social worker arrived came in to talk about what would happen next
  • there was a referral to the Psychiatric Liaison service (prior to discharge) and
  • a large number of friends rallied around and helped support me.

After a few weeks of living between two sets of friends’ houses, whilst my house was getting sorted, I am now back living at home. It is so much of a relief to have the downstairs of the house in a clean state that words really fail me. I now want to be at home. I now enjoy being there – and have even had some friends calling in, as well as my mother.

There is still a lot of work to be done regarding my depression, but I am now taking my anti-retrovirals and the antidepressant that my GP prescribed last week. It is called Sertraline (and the dosage is 50mg once a day).

Following the house clear by my friends, I was forced to face up to the debt that I had accumulated. I am now working with a charity called Christians Against Poverty to sort out this. Last week I had my initial meeting with them and this week there is a second one. I was advised to open a new bank account and have just done that. I was amused when I tried to open a basic bank account with Barclays, I was told that I couldn’t have a basic bank account

I’m sorry we don’t think that you are eligible for a basic bank account, your credit score is so good that we would recommend a current account.

Obviously, given my arrangement with CAP, I was a little surprised, but nonetheless I am now a customer of Barclays, my mother will probably be pleased. During the week, one of the support workers from CAP took me to Tesco and we attempted a week’s shopping.

On Wednesday evening, for the first time in about a year, I cooked a meal for myself in the house. It was very simple, and was based on a recipe in Delia Smith‘s One is Fun! recipe book. It’ll appear on the Recipe page in a wee bit.

I have just been to Tesco again and bought some chicken, some bay leaves and herbs, and other bits and pieces. So there will probably be an update on recipes that I have tried in the next few days.

Published by Michæl McFarland Campbell

Irish, living in Co. Laois with his husband Andrew and their three cats. Also interested in first aid, heraldry, Scouting, and occasionally to be found at the organ or in a bell tower.

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  1. I’m glad the stay in hospital had such positive effects (every cloud…)!

    Enjoy being at home! I’m looking forward to recipe updates.

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