Road trip to Adelaide!

Julie has been commuting to her work in Adelaide a few days a week for more than a year now. So, for a change of pace, we decided to start our New Year by driving there together for a working holiday – she would work while I’d be on holiday!

There’s nothing as romantic as a road trip, where we could check out the delights of remote Victorian and South Australian country along the way. When you fly, you leave home, sit in a tube for an hour or so and you are there. On a road trip, the holiday starts as you pull out of your driveway. (more…)

Living life to the full on dialysis – Travel!

Over 70's Aust Cricket Team in whitesLiving a full life on dialysis is not just for a lucky few that somehow stay healthy and energetic between BigD runs.  It’s a state of mind.  Just because I dialyse doesn’t mean I can’t do things.  Simple things like getting out of the house for a while: going for a walk or a coffee with a friend, going to a movie or the football. or walking the dog.

Then for a little more adventure, maybe go somewhere out of town on a non-BigD day: to an art gallery or festival in the country, or a shopping trip somewhere new, or a boat or train trip to see the sights along the way, with a lunch or afternoon coffee as a reward when you arrive.  (more…)

Dialysis travel tips

 

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Rockingham Foreshore

I’ve just been interstate for a week.  Julie was doing some work in Perth, and I went along for the ride (Have computer, will work anywhere!).  As with all travel when on the BigD, preparation is key.

 

Firstly, I needed to make sure I could actually get dialysis there.  Second, that I could get dialysis the way I am used to it.  Third, that I had all my meds.  Fourth, that it was easy to get to. (more…)

Dialysis on the road again

 

Martin Place

Martin Place, Sydney

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. I’ve been on the move, what with Easter and then Anzac Day and birthday celebrations in distant cities, I have had BigD in more remote units than I have had at my own.  That’s one of the pleasures of being a BigD club member: there are dialysis units and instant friends just about everywhere.

 

Julie and I were in Sydney for her work for the whole Easter/Anzac break, so I dialyzed for five days at Lindfield Diaverum unit. (more…)

Dialysis: perfecting the Mini-Holiday

 

Inverloch

Inverloch, on the coast.

 

December-January are the traditional summer holiday months in Australia.  And very pleasant they are too.  The only hassle is the there is no such thing as a holiday from the BigD: I still need that life-giving treatment.  So taking a holiday during the holidays season needs a little extra planning.

For me, there are two ways to get a break:  1 – take a short trip between sessions and 2 – go somewhere that has a dialysis unit that offers holiday dialysis. (more…)

Dialysis: Back to the future with implantable artificial kidney

Hello and welcome to my first post for the New Year.  I hope you had a good Christmas and celebrated the arrival of 2011 in a style that set the tone for the year ahead.  My New Year was easy-going: we went to see The King’s Speech at the movies on New Year’s Eve, followed by a drive to Falls Creek, Victoria’s biggest alpine resort on New Year’s Day.  We stayed overnight and I was back in time for the BigD the next day.

The King’s Speech was a great movie: fabulous acting by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush and an inspiring message about how persistence and courage can win you back your life (a familiar theme, and not just for stammerers). (more…)

Dialysis: getting away from it all (or almost all)

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Beautiful Port Douglas

Julie and I have just returned from a week-long holiday at Port Douglas in tropical Far North Queensland (or FNQ to the initiated).  We went for several reasons: chasing the warm weather (going from 12oC Melbourne to 28oC Port Douglas is a pretty good reason); having a break from work, and spending some quality time with our 17-month old grandson (and his parents!). (more…)

Holiday Dialysis in Brisbane – a restful break from the routine

BrisbaneLast week Julie and I went to Brisbane for a short holiday around a long weekend.  As any member of the BigD club knows, this meant some pre-organising.  We decided to go about six weeks ago, which is when I raised it with the Chris, the ever-obliging Manager of my BigD Unit.

There are two dialysis units I know of in Brisbane, one at the Greenslopes Private Hospital and the other at the Wesley Hospital in Auchenflower. (more…)