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
You can imagine my surprise when I learned that Tullamore Hospital does not have a social worker anywhere in the building. Having benefited from one in Tallaght, I am concerned that there is not one here. Continue reading Social worker needed in Tullamore hospital
I am glad to report that I was already taking my blood pressure tablet at night. It is easier for me to remember when to take them at that time. But now it seems that this may have a good … Continue reading Blood pressure tablets work better at bedtime