Universal precautions mean just that — so why am I being treated differently?

Hospitals and healthcare workers are required to take universal precautions to reduce the risk of cross infection from both recognised and non-recognised sources of infection. All the way through my life since I was diagnosed with HIV, I have been … Continue reading Universal precautions mean just that — so why am I being treated differently?

Scone recipe

This recipe is the one that my mother uses to make scones. I intend on making some this evening when we will have a warm oven following the casserôle. Ingredients ½ lb self-raising flour; ½ level teaspoon salt, 2 oz. butter; 1 oz caster sugar; ¼ pint buttermilk; Extra milk for brushing. Method Sieve flour and salt into a bowl. Rub in butter finely. Add sugar. Add milk all at once. Mix to soft, but not sticky dough with knife. Turn out on to a lightly-floured board. Knead quickly until smooth. Roll out to about ½ inch in thickness. Cut … Continue reading Scone recipe

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