March 2, 2009


I’ve just finished reading one of the funniest, most touching and ironic blog posts I’ve ever had the pleasure to find. Ann lives in the West of Ireland and has a son, Rory, who was born without kidneys. She spent the first four years of his life travelling from Galway to Dublin, three days a week for Rory’s dialysis treatment. In November 2007, Rory’s Dad donated his left kidney to his son. Transplant News is the story of what happened next.

Ann writes with incredible candour, courage, energy and good humour about her struggles to get Rory the care he needs and deserves. Her dealings with the HSE are seriously scary. In Ann’s own words…

What the HSE giveth with one hand, it taketh away with the other!

On reflection, it may have been ill advised to have a chronically ill child while residing outside the greater Dublin area, what were we thinking? Be warned any of you out there who may be considering a similar lifestyle choice! But rules is rules and Rory has broken way too many in his short life and the powers that be are getting a tad tetchy. He defied them all by surviving, now it’s payback time! As our friend in Community Don’t Care likes to remind us, he has clocked up quite a bill with the state already.

I wonder if they’d give us a credit note for the kidney?

Pop over and read Ann’s post Anyone seen my tooth? I challenge you to keep a straight face.