Start of the end of an era

Today is the last Sunday that I will be on dialysis in Tallaght University Hospital. No, I haven’t got a transplant. No, I don’t not need dialysis. Why, then? It is because my care is being transferred to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore (sister hospital to where this all started in Port Laoise). My […]

Adherence towards transplant

Today is five months since my first hæmodialysis. It is hard to believe that I have come so far since that first day. It certainly has been a roller coaster of a ride from thinking that plasma exchange might work (it couldn’t – kidneys too far gone), to trying peritoneal dialysis at home (that didn’t […]

Ten years on – thanks to the nurses, doctors, and friends

It’s been ten years of finding ways to raise awareness of HIV and people living with HIV. Here’s to the next ten years.

Changes afoot to dialysis

So, I’ve been on haemodialysis (HD) for just over two months now. Just settled into the rhythm of it. Sunday afternoons (after church), Tuesday mornings (first thing), and Friday lunchtimes are the days I have been going up to Tallaght University Hospital for my HD. Each day there are friendly faces from the nursing staff […]

Out of hospital — but back 3 times a week

So, after three-and-a-half-weeks out of four being in hospital, I am now home. The new reality is hitting me, hard. Three days a week, I have to return to hospital as an outpatient for hæmodialysis. I also have to manage a new diet. (No bananas amongst other things.) Thankfully, throughout all of this and for […]