Last Thursday, I was one of three renal patients who attended the onsite opening of the B. Braun Wellstone Renal Care Centre in Downs, Port Laoise. The Renal Care Centre is where I receive my thrice-weekly dialysis sessions. Leading up … Continue reading B. Braun Wellstone Midlands Renal Care Centre opened in Port Laoise
At the beginning of May, my dialysis unit (the B Braun Wellstone Midlands Renal Care Centre in Port Laoise) made a suggestion of trying to see how many steps we could take each day to improve our mental health. The … Continue reading Walking challenge helped mental health: near 110,000 steps in last week!
Yesterday, I recognised the gear change that has happened in my care for living with chronic kidney failure. Since December 2018, when my kidneys failed due to Goodpasture Syndrome, I have received my dialysis treatment in a hospital setting. At … Continue reading Dialysis gear change
It doesn’t seem that long since I “graduated” from dialysis in Tallaght University Hospital to dialysis in the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore. That event happened in June 2019. Since then, of course, we have had the year of Coronavirus which has skewed how time feels to have passed. There have been highs and lows whilst receiving care in Tullamore. I’ve had to fight HIV stigma (see this post). Some of that is still ongoing, some of the problems have been resolved. There’s still no social worker for the hospital in Tullamore (see what I did on that issue). That … Continue reading End of an era… new chapter begins tomorrow
It’s been a grand day out today. The sun is in the sky, yes there is a brisk wind, but the temperature is in the mid twenties Celsius. For the first time in a while, I got on a train … Continue reading A sunny day out