To say I was scared is probably an understatement of the year for me. It is not often you enter A&E with vomiting and diarrhœa , and suspected dehydration and then within five days are being transferred to another hospital … Continue reading potential new diagnosis.
We are coming up on European HIV Hepatitis Testing Week from 23rd to 30th November. And then, on 1st December, it will be World Aids Day. When I was in Gibraltar, I was interviewed by GBC News while friends from the Gibraltar Health Authority’s Infection Control and Health Promotion Unit were handing out red ribbons to raise awareness. Raising awareness is something I try to do by simply being open about living with HIV. There have been a few updates since that interview. Due to the advances in medication, there are now more choices in what I take. Medication can … Continue reading Looking forward to World Aids Day 2018
Last month, I had my first appointment at my new HIV clinic in Dublin. Having continued with the clinic in the Mater Misericordiæ University Hospital since 2015 when we got to the city, I took the opportunity of having moved from the north inner city to Co. Laois of asking for a transfer to St James’s University Hospital, which is located close to Heuston Station, the terminus for the lines from Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Westport (all of which pass through the station for the town in which we now live). The new consultant gave me a prescription of … Continue reading So, I’m not eating enough fruit…
On Tuesday of last week, I had my regular appointment at the HIV clinic: results from the previous visit were as we expected: Viral load undetected. CD4 510 or 26% All other tests good. Although I got on really well with the doctor, on this occasion, I still put in my request to change clinic. The main reason for the change is that Andrew and I have moved and the one to which I want to change, is more accessible to where we live, rather than where we used to live. Continue reading Another appointment and all is well
Many of us set goals in life. Some of us are learning to set them yearly, over 90 days, monthly, weekly, and daily. It’s important that these goals are not wishy-washy non-achievable goals. One way of stopping this is by … Continue reading SMART goals
Brush up on your first aid skill and learn Baby CPR with the stars of Nursery Rhymes Inc., the new advert from St John Ambulance. Remember the song, in case things go wrong. Please share this film. More baby first aid advice: http://www.sja.org.uk/NurseryRhymesInc Continue reading Brush up your CPR for babies.
I’ve been off work now for over a week. Since I started in my present employment, this is the longest that I have been off in one go. Tomorrow, I hope to see my GP to get the go ahead … Continue reading A week setting new a new habit
“Austerity has crippled the HIV third/voluntary sector and this looks likely to get worse as local authorities continue to withdraw or dramatically reduce funding.” —Andrew Dalton, 2016 Continue reading “Cutting the Ribbon?”: Effects of Austerity on UK HIV organizations
Well, I had hoped that I would be back in work yesterday, and today. It was not to be. Yesterday, I got up, got through the morning routine, and dressed. But, I was short of breath and my inhalers didn’t … Continue reading Another couple of days at home
The last few weeks have seen what seems like an inordinate number of prescriptions made out to me. Below are what we have got going on just at the moment. The drugs will be rattling around me as I rattle around the house while I am off work. Continue reading Rattling around again.