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WATERFORD



          By LIZZYBITSMcCUE, DIALYSIS PATIENT

          THE COMINGS AND GOINGS

           FROM OUR DIALYSIS UNIT

         Dear readers,                  give sincere thanks to the
         Just a few bits of news from our  amazing team of lifesavers.
         Dialysis unit in University Hospital  I have been busy myself
         Waterford.                     writing my memoirs ‘Thursday's
            We have welcomed two new    Child’. It is my life story of being
         nurses, a care assistant plus a  born in Co Dublin in the early
         new secretary to our unit since  Sixties...glimpses of the poverty
         my last notes. Judy is a Filipino  in parts of Dublin, funny stories
         nurse who joined us from Dubai,  from my childhood, how I coped
         a lovely hard working lady. Like  with renal problems from birth,
         our other nurse Keira who      how I learned to cope with
         worked upstairs on Medical 2   addictions going through three
         ward and decided on a change   kidney transplants and hoping
         of nursing choosing to work in  for a fourth. Never giving up
         our Dialysis Unit. Some people  hope or giving in to negativity it’s
         may remember Keira from their  a heart-wrenching book in
         stay on Medical 2? Both of these  places. I am sure once you start
         nurses are very conscientious  reading the book you will get a
         workers, like all our nursing  glimpse of a past era, now
         team.                          forgotten due to technology. I’ve
            We have a care assistant    put my heart and soul into this
         upgrade...well done to Cialadh  book, every page will make you
         who can now wear her green     ponder and smile to yourself. It
         uniform with pride, we are very  was a great privilege to get this
         happy for our Cialadh. We      book printed and to hold the
         welcomed another new care      first copy in my hand. Even if
         assistant Michael, or Mick as he  only one person reads this true
         likes to be known, a jolly and  life story it will be a wonderful
         good-humoured new member of    achievement for me.
         staff. We also have a beautiful  Without the people who
         new secretary, Ashley, helping  believed in my ability to write my
         Frieda in the office. Ashley joined  story it would not have
         the unit a short while ago. We  happened. There are many trials
         are blessed with all our staff who  and tribulations, short stories
         run our unit with great precision.  and about finding my angels!
            For all the patients in hospital  Without the help from
         in Waterford, or in other county  Waterford Healing Arts Trust my
         hospitals, we send best wishes  book would probably have
         for a speedy recovery. A big hello  stayed on the long finger and
         to Helen Durbridge our Tuesday,  never been published or even   ORGAN DONOR
         Thursday and Saturday patient.  completed.                      AWARENESS WEEK
         We send Helen all our love and   Thank you to Philip Cullen for  A special ‘thank you’ to
         to all who are sick.           all his dedication and keeping   all our existing, and new
            For our departed patients,  me focused and to Claire         volunteers, for giving up
         that have gone to heaven,      Meaney, Maeve Butler and not     their time to help raise
         prayers were said on Sunday    forgetting Stefanie Fleischer. I  awareness during
         May 28th at our Service of     got great healing from writing   collection days in Co
         Remembrance in the hospital    my memoirs. When and if you      Longford for ODAW in
         Chapel.                        read this book you will get a    April. The support in
            The comings and goings of a  glimpse into the life of a feisty  Longford Town, Drumlish,
         kidney patient is never done. No  brave little Dublin warrior who  Edgeworthstown and
         matter what problems turn up in  was born fighting for her life  Ballymahon, to name but
         our unit the nurses rally around  and can still smile through her  a few, was overwhelming
         and cope wonderfully well. We  tears.                                     Liz  and greatly appreciated.

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