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

feeling a bit down

It is coming up on a year since my kidneys failed. It has been a year of readjustments. Still the readjustments are needed. I am more or less settled into the rhythm of dialysis three times a week. Currently, I get it on the afternoons of Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. So, for those days I have to be in Portarlington by 1.15 pm so that I can be got to Tullamore for dialysis by 2 pm. I am often lucky to be home by 7 pm. For the last few weeks, I have been consistently arriving for dialysis under my … Continue reading feeling a bit down