Self care becoming an achievable goal

Since I transferred my dialysis care from the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore to the B Braun Wellstone Midlands Renal Care Centre in Port Laoise, we have been working towards the goal of self care. This will be where I will take responsibility for my own care and my own dialysis in conjunction with the unit staff. I am already back to cannulating my own fistula, and preparing the trolley in advance of this. Soon, I hope that the unit staff will start to teach me to prepare the dialysis machine in advance of the treatment. In the last week, … Continue reading Self care becoming an achievable goal

Extra time on dialysis should bring improved results

Following the monthly review by my consultant, it has been decided to increase my time on dialysis to 4 hours per session from the 3.5 hours that has been the normal since I started. The reason for this is that it should help to get me higher clearance which is better than not. So from Wednesday, I will have even longer to find things to do, listen to Audible or music. I also hope that it might stop there being so many sharp decreases in blood pressure. Continue reading Extra time on dialysis should bring improved results

Further progress is made on dialysis

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

Further training… and some welcome news

I may have been away from training in First Aid with St John Ambulance Ireland for some time since I stopped being a First Aid Volunteer. However, in the last year, I have had quite some training for medical procedures for my own dialysis. Initially last year, the Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) team in Tallaght University Hospital got me trained up to be able to do PD at home. As we know, that wasn’t as successful as had been hoped. But the training that they gave me in washing my hands, preparing the trolley, has become very useful in recent weeks … Continue reading Further training… and some welcome news