THE COST OF LIFE

Jenny Brown forced to travel to Bund­aberg for dial­y­sis:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Loftus Tobi.Loftus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOFTUS

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.

PHOTO: TOBI LOFTUS

FAM­ILY: Jenny and Mal­colm Brown catche up with her daugh­ter Jodie and grand­daugh­ter Zyaire.

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