Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Uni work struggles

I think the new dry weight worked as I didn’t feel as bad at the end of dialysis It took me a few attempts to get my blood pressure but not half as long as last week so that’s good.

I’m mad busy at the mo, I’ve got uni deadlines coming out of my ears and I’m struggling to fit in doing my assignments with actually going to uni and going to dialysis. Dialysis (including travelling time) takes up over 14 hours of my week meaning I have 14 hours less every week than my friends to do my uni work. I can’t do it whilst I’m at dialysis as I am right handed and unfortunately my needles in my fistula are in my right arm.

On top of all this I’ve been asked to volunteer for Transplants in Mind. I wouldn’t mind but it’s in Birmingham on the 8th right in the middle of my deadlines! So I’m going to have to decline until summer and focus on my uni work. I feel bad about it but I can’t physically fit it in.

No other news really other than an old friend got in contact and has asked me to get involved in setting up a North West young patients kidney group. Something needs to be put in place for young kidney patients but I don’t know when or if it will evolve into anything but I will keep you updated.


  1. Starting up the NW young patients group sounds really good hol, especially if there isn't currently anything like it to provide help and support. Do you come into contact with a lot of young kidney patients? or is it just if they have dialysis at the same time as you?
    haha sorry for all the questions!!

  2. hey Holz, a young persons kidney patient group is a very good idea. You should get in contact with Jim (Jman from KPG) who is the chair of the National Kidney Federations Young Persons Group, as he wants the group to expand regionally. Also check out my FB friend Mary-Claire Ibison, who is keen to get the NW young persons group going too

    Great blog, and I hope your call comes soon too