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Last Saturday there was total mix-up over my dialysis due to some miscommunication. This morning everything was further compounded. Every morning that I come to dialysis, the taxi driver arrives by 07:15 to bring me on the half-an-hour journey between … Continue reading Saturday’s mix-up has knock-on effect
As we know, actions have consequences. The issues that I had on Thursday that prompted my trip to the North (briefly) and the telephone call to the dialysis unit, had a knock-on effect on my care for today. Always think through what will happen. And then think it through again. Double check what you think is to happen. Continue reading Bit of a mix-up: but it’s all sorted now!
Since I have been on dialysis, I have been having real difficulty with adherence for my HIV medication. This has been because of the regime including 1 tablet once a day, 1 once a week, and 1 once every 96 … Continue reading Change in medication
Back in December 2018, I gained a medical device in my chest called a permacath that allowed for haemodialysis. Since the autumn of 2019, this has now been carried out via the arteriovenus fistula in my upper left arm rendering the permacath redundant. Therefore, I am pleased to report that it is the end of the line for the permacath. Last week I was told that it would be taken out on Friday 28th February, but yesterday I received a telephone call from the dialysis unit informing me that there was a slot available this Friday, did I want it? … Continue reading End of the line…
So today is the first anniversary of a few that are coming up. A year ago today, I went to Port Laoise Accident and Emergency Department believing myself to be dehydrated. For the week before, I had been unable to … Continue reading A bear prepares for anniversaries
This afternoon, while on dialysis in Tullamore, I had a visit from the hospital’s complaints manager, Brendan Reddy. He told me he was very impressed with the letter that I had written, especially how it was framed and referenced. I … Continue reading Social worker update
At the end of October, I sent a letter to the clinical nurse manager in the Dialysis Daycare Unit in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore complaining that there is no social worker in the hospital. Today, I received an … Continue reading Hospital complaints manager to speak to me