THE COST OF LIFE
Jenny Brown forced to travel to Bundaberg for dialysis:
FOR Jenny Brown, travelling several times a week to Bundaberg, to receive dialysis for a kidney problem, has turned her life upside down.
“It’s very hard,” Mrs Brown said.
“We go up on a Monday afternoon and stay there until Wednesday, come home Thursday afternoon, go up on Friday afternoons and head home Saturday.
“We’re only home half a day on Friday, all day Sunday and half a day Monday, we’re hardly at home.”
The Mundubbera resident said she wished there were dialysis machines in the North Burnett, as there are currently none.
“I’d be a lot happier, a hell of a lot happier,” she said.
“I’d rather travel three hours a week instead of 12 hours a week, that’s what we’re doing at the moment.”
Mrs Brown, who has been on dialysis for a year, said she knew people who had to travel for dialysis for more than 15 years.
She is driven to Bundaberg on dialysis days by her husband Malcolm.
“He knows every bump in the road from here to Bundaberg,” Mrs Brown said.
“To make the trip a bit quicker I go to sleep and let Malcolm listen to his music.”
Mrs Brown said when she first found out she needed to go on dialysis, the doctor said she might have to move to Bundaberg.
“I said Mundubbera is my home and that’s where I’ll be dying,” she said.
“Travelling to Bundaberg, it’s a choice of living or dying.”
Mrs Brown said she hoped Queensland Health would listen to her plea and the plea of other country people in similar situations.
“I hope that Queensland Health will see sense,” she said.
“Think about the country people too, not just the city people.
“The country people I think have more travelling to do than if you were in the city.
“Spending just a weekend with your family is not enough.”
SO SICK: Jenny Brown (pictured with husband Malcolm) is calling for dialysis treatment options in the North Burnett as she only gets to spend a full day at home a week.
FAMILY: Jenny and Malcolm Brown catche up with her daughter Jodie and granddaughter Zyaire.