Not being colour-blind, blue and red should not be that easy to muddle up…

All haemodialysis machines have tubes that take blood away from the body of the patient and tubes that return the blood after it has been cleaned. For ease of identification, many machines clearly mark these as red (from the body … Continue reading Not being colour-blind, blue and red should not be that easy to muddle up…

Extra time on dialysis should bring improved results

Following the monthly review by my consultant, it has been decided to increase my time on dialysis to 4 hours per session from the 3.5 hours that has been the normal since I started. The reason for this is that it should help to get me higher clearance which is better than not. So from Wednesday, I will have even longer to find things to do, listen to Audible or music. I also hope that it might stop there being so many sharp decreases in blood pressure. Continue reading Extra time on dialysis should bring improved results

Meds: a matter of obedience — thanks St Benedict

The third step of humility is that for the love of God one should be obedient to a superior in all things imitating the Lord of whom the Apostles says, ‘He was made obedient even unto death.’ The Rule of Saint Benedict, Chapter 7: Humility, translated by Abbot Parry OSB, Gracewing, 1990. In recent weeks and months, I have been re-reading The Rule of Saint Benedict, with a view to putting the principles of his rule into practice in my own life. A couple of Sundays ago I was on a Zoom call with the House of Initia Nova Benedictines … Continue reading Meds: a matter of obedience — thanks St Benedict

Bit of a mix-up: but it’s all sorted now!

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!