Getting Off Of The Couch

About ten years ago I was running 5K on a regular basis. I had started as part of a plan to reduce my weight and lost over 5 stone over a nine month period. I was regularly running Park Run and my fastest run was just over 27 mins. By early 2013 I was running … Continue reading Getting Off Of The Couch

Cutting The Lawn

It’s a small thing - probably something that most of you have done already this year. Certainly the lawn needed a good trim. However, for me it is a sign of a return to normality. Since last summer I really have not had the energy to contemplate much in the way of housework let alone … Continue reading Cutting The Lawn

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‘

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

Another Day Another Op

So today I have been back in the Foscote Hospital Banbury. I am here for a second Fistula operation. The first fistula unfortunately failed after a few dialysis sessions. There was an attempt to repair the fistula on Christmas Eve but this was unsuccessful. So on New Years Eve I had another operation to fit … Continue reading Another Day Another Op

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

New Year’s Eve

Up at 6am this morning ready to leave the house by 7am for the hours journey to the Churchill. I am back here today to undergo a procedure. This morning I am being fitted with a Tesier Line. This will enable dialysis in the medium term whilst they create a new Fistula and allow it … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Christmas

I was sent home from Churchill hospital at 8:30pm on Christmas Eve. I had completed another 3 and a half hours of dialysis to follow the previous two and a half hours on 23rd December. Finally I was feeling normal. Better than I had in months. I could feel the energy. We got home about … Continue reading Christmas

Christmas Eve

I am in the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. I was admitted yesterday following the failure of my Fistula. Last night a temporary line was fitted to my groin so I could undertake dialysis. They did two and a half hours dialysis. Today they plan to do four more hours dialysis. Also today they plan to … Continue reading Christmas Eve

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

Dialysis

Dialysis came early! A phone call yesterday morning following an email to my nurse invited me in for immediate dialysis. My health had definitely deteriorated in the last couple of days and the vomiting was the ‘straw which broke the camel’s back’ I was asked to come in at 2:30pm - problem no car! Our … Continue reading Dialysis