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
It is quite some time since I first included a guide for journalists on how to talk about HIV. At that time it was from the National Aids Trust in the UK. This time, it is similar guidelines from HIV … Continue reading How to talk about HIV: Guidelines from HIV Ireland
Last week, Andrew had bought 2 kg of stewing beef for me when I had requested only 200 g. Now, as I said at the time, he is the one with two degrees in Physics from the University of Cambridge, … Continue reading Some cooking exploits: will my dietitian be pleased?
This morning, I arrived at the dialysis unit in the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore and started to put the lines into the dialysis machine myself. This was done, then it was time to get on to taking away the scabs on my needle entry points in my left arm, and then put the needles in. I am pleased to report that I got both needles in easily this morning. It was easier without a nurse standing by watching. OK, so it was also a little scary — but I knew that if I needed them, I could get help. … Continue reading Further progress is made on dialysis
Additional note It should be noted that the advice below goes further than that provided by Ireland’s HSE even for those who are Cocooning. Everyone in Ireland should all be following the advice of the HSE. I think it is … Continue reading Helpful guide for shopping during the COVID-19 outbreak: UPDATED