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?
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
It is quite some time since I first included a guide for journalists on how to talk about HIV. At that time it was from the National Aids Trust in the UK. This time, it is similar guidelines from HIV … Continue reading How to talk about HIV: Guidelines from HIV Ireland
Last week, Andrew had bought 2 kg of stewing beef for me when I had requested only 200 g. Now, as I said at the time, he is the one with two degrees in Physics from the University of Cambridge, … Continue reading Some cooking exploits: will my dietitian be pleased?
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
Additional note It should be noted that the advice below goes further than that provided by Ireland’s HSE even for those who are Cocooning. Everyone in Ireland should all be following the advice of the HSE. I think it is … Continue reading Helpful guide for shopping during the COVID-19 outbreak: UPDATED
The Irish Government has directed (see the tweet from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD below) that those over 70 and with a medical condition should not leave their homes from now and up until Easter Sunday. Therefore, my little trip … Continue reading And so into lockdown I go
Whilst on dialysis, Andrew had messaged me to let me know that he had set up Disney+ for the household — and to give me the login and password. So, that really brightened up my day. I got back home … Continue reading Disney+, Fantasia, and the Mickeys Mice
In case anyone has not seen what UNAIDS has said about what people living with HIV need to know about Covid-19, I am reposting their information here. These are difficult times for all of us. UNAIDS is urging people to … Continue reading What people living with HIV need to know about Covid-19