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Naqeeb Quereshi on donating a kidney to his mother

Article For GMKIN In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful. Waoo, it has been Four Years Now (13 September 2013-2017) since my mum has her transplant done at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI). We arrived in this country in July 2012 as a family to live and progress our life and careers[…]

Janet Cairnie’s Complementary Therapy blog

We have two more Volunteer Therapists cleared to start – one is to be placed at Bolton and the second one will be based here at Wigan. Your therapists are trained before they start their role in ‘The Medical Aspects of Kidney Failure’ and Haemodialysis along with what to do if a patient may start[…]

Janet Cairnie’s Complementary Therapy blog

BLOG 5 April 2016 This month started with an article to prepare for Leo Clifton the Volunteer Co-ordinator to place in this months ‘Volunteer’ magazine. It gave a description of my role and how I am recruiting and training Volunteers. The Presentations and meetings are going really well. So far I have covered West Lancashire[…]

John and the big silver box

John and the Big Silver Box   Having been told by my consultant some years ago that my future (with a capital F) lay in dialysis, I was dragged down a long dark corridor, kicking and screaming, by a nurse and shown two machines, one large, imposing and scary, the other somewhat smaller and looking[…]

Renal Training Unit – notes from abroad

As spring approaches and the good weather returns (we hope), our thoughts turn to holiday planning and possibly warmer climes.  At Salford Royal, we don’t want our home haemodialysis patients to miss out and traditionally, arranging holiday dialysis either in this country or abroad, was and continues to be dependent on finding a local hospital[…]

Professor Kalra in conversation about kidney disease and research

Professor Phil Kalra of Salford Royal and CKD patient Michael Lomax in a series of videos taking about kidney disease and kidney research.  I’m involved with a few research projects and echo Michael’s comments about it giving you a greater understanding of the disease but I’d also emphasise that, in my case, it has also[…]

Special trips for kidney patients aged 16 -40

Dear All I got an email recently from a charity that supports 16-40 year olds with serious health conditions. They have supported local kidney patients and their loved ones with ‘special days’ over the last few years. If you or someone you know is the right age group and has kidney problems – you are[…]

Half full or half empty?

  My daughter asked me an interesting question the other day. “Is your glass half full or half empty mum?”. I thought about this and started reflecting on my life. Do I think that I’ve been dealt some unlucky cards? Well yes if I consider that not long after I separated from my daughter’s father[…]

Shared Decision Making for kidney patients

With many thanks to Kate McNulty for allowing us to share this video.  Shared Decision Making (SDM) is a useful resource to identify your options when you’re approaching the point where you need to decide which type of dialysis is most suitable for you.  It will also help you talk in greater detail to your[…]

Pause For Thought

I’ve always been one for reflecting on events in my life, thankfully these days I manage to avoid the negative, confidence sapping reflection that fuelled my period of deep depression. Nowadays I look for the postive things in my life and celebrate even the minor achievements no matter how insignificant. Until last week I counted[…]

Newbie to gmkin..Hello :-)

Hello all, complete newbie to gmkin and this blogging malarkey, be kind… Not really sure how to start this, so here goes… When you’re asked ‘how are you?’ or ‘all ok with you?’.. It’s easier to answer ‘alls ok’ or ‘not too bad’ Not say how rubbish you feel things really are. Why would anyone[…]

From doing nothing to being alive again

Well my life has changed since I started losing my last Transplant. Went so downhill, so fast. Weight just fell off me and was constantly tired. It comes to something when you ask to start Dialysis, but having been through it all before I knew what would happen if I left it till I really[…]

My first dialysis session, my last dialysis session

The build up to my first dialysis session was very short and intense. While I’d attended all of the outpatient clinics to have my kidney function assessed throughout the previous ten years, I had made no attempt to accept and understand my condition and hadn’t thought through the dialysis options but decided on home haemodialysis.[…]