Whilst I do not live in the UK currently, I do share the love of the NHS that unites people living in the UK like nothing else can. But it would be nothing without the incredible people – doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives, cleaners and many more – that work selflessly and tirelessly, day in and day out, to make sure we can all access free, life-saving care whenever we need it. If you agree, join me in signing the Scram News open letter to say thank you to NHS staff, especially during the coronavirus outbreak: Thanks! Continue reading The NHS and coronavirus
This week we cannot avoid the news about the new Coronavirus and its current spread across the world. It has had an impact on the dialysis patients like myself in Tullamore Hospital. The dialysis unit is now more isolated from … Continue reading COVID-19 and dialysis patients
This morning I had an appointment with my GP. Thanks to the COVID-19 precautions, the waiting room was rather quiet. When I got into the surgery, there were further precautions as the seats for patients were on the far side of the room from the doctor. I have to say that this seems to be very sensible to try to contain the Coronavirus. Maybe we will see this continue into the future. My GP, having taken my blood pressure, reckoned that it was still a little high so has upped the Amlode prescription for this to 10 mg per day. … Continue reading GP appointment
With all the talk about Coronavirus COVID-19, we’ve sensible advice from the Government of Ireland. Please do take steps to stop the spread of the virus. Continue reading Important health information about #Coronavirus #COVID19
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…