Sometimes it is hard to believe that we are approaching the second anniversary of the failure of my kidneys. Yet, that is where we are. So many people ask Are you on the transplant list yet? And every time thus … Continue reading More changes to medication as we investigate transplant possibilities
Those of us who have long-term chronic conditions quite often have to take multiple tablets daily. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to remember what you have taken and what you have not. I started off better recently with a pill box … Continue reading Fewer tablets to take – this will make life simpler
For the last eleven years and more, I have been writing about what it is like to live with HIV. Every so often, in the media—be it print or broadcast—I have seen some shocking ways of referring to people living … Continue reading HIV terminology guidelines: how to write about living with HIV or AIDS
The third step of humility is that for the love of God one should be obedient to a superior in all things imitating the Lord of whom the Apostles says, ‘He was made obedient even unto death.’ The Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter 7: Humility, translated by Abbot Parry OSB, Gracewing, 1990. In recent weeks and months, I have been re-reading The Rule of Saint Benedict, with a view to putting the principles of his rule into practice in my own life. A couple of Sundays ago I was on a Zoom call with the House of Initia Nova Benedictines … Continue reading Meds: a matter of obedience — thanks St Benedict
Ground-breaking new study shows the efficacy of a long-acting injectable to prevent HIV UNAIDS has warmly welcomed the announcement that the long-acting injectable cabotegravir is safe and effective in preventing HIV among gay men and other men who have sex … Continue reading Welcome from UNAIDS for new tool for HIV prevention for gay men and other men who have sex with men and trangender women
Background The main job of kidneys is to clean blood of excess fluids and waste products. When they are working they can filter 130 to 170 litres of blood each day producing 1 to 2 litres of urine. This helps … Continue reading Keeping track of the potassium is vital for renal patients
Hospitals and healthcare workers are required to take universal precautions to reduce the risk of cross infection from both recognised and non-recognised sources of infection. All the way through my life since I was diagnosed with HIV, I have been … Continue reading Universal precautions mean just that — so why am I being treated differently?
This recipe is the one that my mother uses to make scones. I intend on making some this evening when we will have a warm oven following the casserôle. Ingredients ½ lb self-raising flour; ½ level teaspoon salt, 2 oz. butter; 1 oz caster sugar; ¼ pint buttermilk; Extra milk for brushing. Method Sieve flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in butter finely. Add sugar. Add milk all at once. Mix to soft, but not sticky dough with knife. Turn out on to a lightly-floured board. Knead quickly until smooth. Roll out to about ½ inch in thickness. Cut … Continue reading Scone recipe