Welcome to my first blog post – so here goes!
My 11 July started off as just a normal day on the farm when I got the phone call that would change everything! It wasn’t sugar-coated or dressed up & really took a while to sink in – my transplanted kidney was coming out & life would never be the same again.
August really turned out to be a month of change for me. Although I have been going through so many tests since January things started to move very quickly from that July phone call & I had my transplanted kidney removed at Belfast City Hospital on 1 August!
3 hour surgery to remove it & put in my two dialysis lines – one for home & the other for hospital dialysis (PD & Haemo for those in the know!).
I’m now on Dialysis Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Friday’s at Daisy Hill Hospital which means arriving in Newry at (or just after!) 8am & spending the next four hours hooked up to a machine. The nurses are super & look after the four of us (it’s 4 patients to a ward) really well!
Oh, while I remember let me give a wee shout out for my new Twitter account @DialysisDobson – would be great if you could give me a follow!
I’ve started blogging because I want to give people updates on my progress & to highlight the light & humorous side (yes, there is one) to being a 24 year old on dialysis!
Watching United play today (going to win the League this Season!), took a run up to Costa in Banbridge for a wee cup of tea & a caramel square (more about my new renal diet in later blog posts but this was a ‘wee’ weekend treat!) & read today’s Belfast Telegraph which has featured our story as ‘The Big Saturday Read.’ You can access it here – ‘I won’t hesitate to give Mark one of my kidneys, like any mother I’d do anything to help my son’.
In future blogs Mum will be pitching in with her experiences as well & I am sure there will be plenty of quirky pics & snappy slogans along the way BUT the central message will never change – it’s simple & its true – through organ donation everyone has it within them to be a lifesaver!
Over & out for now!