Matter of Routine

I have settled into the routine. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening I get dropped off at 6pm for a 4 hour session of dialysis. At a time which varies but is usually between 10:30pm and 11:30pm I get picked up and go home to sleep. Those of you who are mathematically minded will notice … Continue reading Matter of Routine

Back Home

I was released from the Churchill Hospital at 4pm on Thursday with a large bag of medication, This included a two week dose of cefazolin, an antibiotic. This needed to be handed over to the dialysis nurses in the renal unit at MKUH where it would be used for intravenous application at the end of … Continue reading Back Home

‘Done and Dusted‘

I have just returned to my room having had my first four hour dialysis in my new fistula. This fistula fitted on the 13th Jan performed really well for 9 weeks. The whole process was very smooth. The annoying thing is that for almost five hours (I’ll explain the extra hour later) I had To … Continue reading ‘Done and Dusted‘

Churchill Transfer and Tesio Lines

I’ve been unwell for a few days now. This first manifested at dialysis last Wednesday and again on Friday when I had uncontrollable shivers. Bloods were taken and cultured, I was admitted to MKUH, where I stayed until yesterday. At the weekend the bloods taken from my line, and from my arm were grown to … Continue reading Churchill Transfer and Tesio Lines

Infection

I have been admitted to MKUH following a bout of gastroenteritis which left me feeling very unwell. It possibly started on Monday when my Tesier Line became very sore. The first symptoms came Wednesday when during dialysis I suddenly became extremely cold and started shivering uncontrollably. This lasted quite a while and led to body … Continue reading Infection

Reaping the Benefits

I am beginning to see the benefits of regular dialysis. With the Tesier Line Fitted and the pain subsiding the dialysis sessions have gone well. I have yet to do a 4 hour session- yesterday’s session was shorter as they had had issues with other patients which meant I started an hour later. It wasn’t … Continue reading Reaping the Benefits

Fistula Failure!

My fistula has stoped working! I went for dialysis yesterday and due to the bruising on my arm they needed to do a single needle dialysis. The bruising was caused during my second dialysis and is due to the Fistula being new and not fully matured. The problem With single needle dialysis is that it … Continue reading Fistula Failure!

The Longest Night

Today is the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year in terms of daylight. So conversely the longest period of night. My insomnia continues to be an issue and so for all but 18 minutes of last night I lay awake. You can imagine this ongoing sleep deprivation is shattering. I have three dialysis … Continue reading The Longest Night

How Things Stand! – Big Changes On the Way

I haven’t been well for some time it seems. Since May my Kidney Function has fallen over a cliff. So much so that yesterday I travelled to the Renal Dialysis Assessment Unit at Churchill Hospital. This appointment was part of a process to Fast-Track me towards dialysis. I arrived just after 1pm and was promptly … Continue reading How Things Stand! – Big Changes On the Way

Pressure Tactics

One of the side effects of Myeloma is Kidney Disease and one of the results of poor kidney function is high blood pressure. Although the Myeloma has remained in remission, my kidney function has remained low and since May (when I was briefly in hospital) my kidney function has been much less than in previous … Continue reading Pressure Tactics

“Out of the Blue”

It’s been over three years since my last post. I have remained in good health, survived Covid unscathed and been doubly vaccinated. Held down a full-time teaching job. I have continued to have bimonthly haematology consultations and twice yearly renal consultations together with associated blood tests. Everything has been stable until this week …. My … Continue reading “Out of the Blue”

Zero Coke and Minimum Pepsi

Last week I had what was undoubtedly the best renal consultation in a year. I had scheduled a day of appointments with a visit to my new renal consultant at 9am followed later in the day by a scheduled appointment with my Haematology consultant at 1:15. It made for a long, but ultimately productive day, … Continue reading Zero Coke and Minimum Pepsi