So, I’m not eating enough fruit…


Last month, I had my first appointment at my new HIV clinic in Dublin. Having continued with the clinic in the Mater Misericordiæ University Hospital since 2015 when we got to the city, I took the opportunity of having moved from the north inner city to Co. Laois of asking for a transfer to St James’s University Hospital, which is located close to Heuston Station, the terminus for the lines from Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Westport (all of which pass through the station for the town in which we now live).   The new consultant gave me a prescription of Descovy and Dolutegravir as I expected on the day. But then a couple of days later, I got a telephone call from him. All my test results were looking good apart from one. Apparently, my folic acid level was too low. So, as a way of improving, he said he would send me a prescription. It arrived in the post later that week. However, it has taken us a few weeks to get to a pharmacy to actually get it dispensed. Andrew went yesterday for me and came back with folic acid, whereas the actual prescription said “folate”. Now, what’s the difference – well one costs nearly €200 for thirty days. The other about €5. I’m glad that the pharmacist is checking with the hospital to see which is meant. Hopefully, the folic acid will do. Also, I’m looking for fun ways to eat fruit. Any ideas, let me know!

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