Lifestyle – Robert Joyce has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for most of his adult life since being diagnosed with the condition in 1990. The Clifden man tells Paddy Henry about developments in MS treatment over the last 30 years and how his involvement with a research team at NUI Galway has given him a new lease of life.
Robert Joyce was just 23 when he sat in a neurologist’s office, and the words “You have MS” were uttered to him. The year was 1990, a time when little was known about this condition that damages the central nervous system.
Having just graduated with a Bachelor of commerce from NUI Galway, Robert was on the crest of a wave. He had found work with an accountancy firm in London and was brimming with youthful exuberance.
But when he returned to Ireland for his graduation Robert began to feel a numb sensation in his heels that he knew wasn’t right.
He made an appointment to see his doctor. As it happened, she too had the condition and referred him to a specialist immediately.
“I was very lucky,” he recalls. The GP I went to had Multiple Sclerosis herself. She saw it in me and referred me to a neurologist who specialised in MS.”
It was at that fast-tracked meeting with the specialist that Robert received the devastating diagnosis, but at the time, he knew nothing about the condition. In fact, thirty years ago the medical profession was still only learning about its complexities. A shocked Robert recalls researching MS, hoping for some clarity around his diagnosis.
“I checked in an encyclopaedia at the time and all it said was, ‘Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong illness, there is no cure and you can die from it’,” he explains.
That was it.
“At the time it had no treatment, no therapy and two recommendations, ‘keep doing what you’re doing, and take evening primrose oil’,” he says of the advice.
It’s hard to think of how a more cruel hand could have been dealt to this young man in his early 20s, who had his whole life ahead of him, someone who looked on course to reach the top of his field. But, once he had the news, Robert took the diagnosis in his stride, focusing on the bigger picture and adopting a pragmatic approach.
“If there’s nothing I can do, there’s no point dwelling on it”, he says of his attitude at the time.
The Clifden man’ outlook hasn’t changed in the intervening years, despite his condition worsening. It has progressed from Relapsing Remitting to Secondary Progressive, which is the more severe form of the disease.
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Connemara native goes online for revision courses and online weekly classes
Julie Kilmartin, from the Heart of the Gaeltacht in Connemara has switched all of their Easter Revision Courses to online access commencing early April 2020. Julie watched the crisis unfold in Italy and realized that the closure of Irish schools was only a matter of time. The week prior to the closure, Julie contacted her team of excellent teachers and requested that they prepare to record the courses in advance. Incredibly, the majority of teachers responded and agreed.
Upon the announcement of school closures, with the uncertainty of Easter and schools still been closed, Julie and her team made the decision to switch all courses online. Time was critical if these courses could be rolled out, online for early April.
According to Julie Kilmartin- this is simply a mammoth task. We have so many courses on offer and to record professionally in a very limited period is going to be incredibly demanding. However, we are delighted with our progress and we are on target. I have to pay tribute to our Amazing Team of Teachers and Wendigo Medial from Limerick. We are currently recording 10 hours per day, 7 days a week. Our college in Limerick has turned into a Mini Hollywood Set!
Kilmartin Educational Services will offer a Comprehensive Revision Course Package for both Junior and Leaving Certificate students. Students will have full access to all recorded courses. These courses are ideal in this current COVID-19 crisis where students must stay at home. Now students can access Revision of Vital Exam Topics at the click of a button with the ability to Revise – Rewind- from the comfort of their home with the back up of revision notes for every course.
Julie Kilmartin is responding to the needs of Junior and Leaving Cert. students. Together in Separation where we are physically distanced and digitally connected. Julie is bringing her Amazing team of students to the homes of Irish students in April 2020.
Students can access these Packages for only €300- full access to everything recorded within Revision Course Package. Full details available at: https://www.kes.ie/easter-2020
Kilmartin Educational Services also are rolling our weekly LIVE and Pre recorded tuition classes for students in a variety of key subjects. Full details: https://www.kes.ie/onlinegrinds
Silver lining found in battle with superbugs
By Patrick Murphy, Medical Herbalist
Looking back in history, colloidal silver was the number one remedy to stop the spread of viruses. Colloidal silver is claimed to be anti-viral, anti-fungal and a great infection fighter.
Medical firms including London listed Smith & Nephew are turning to the old remedy of silver as they seek innovative ways to combat the nasties and superbugs. Silver has anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties and is often a critical element in bandages used to treat surgical wounds. I am pleased to report an in vitro laboratory study conducted by Smith & Nephew indicated that a silver coated dressing could kill anti-biotic resistant superbugs. The product is already on the market as a dressing for burns.
In my humble opinion, bacteria and viruses have great difficulty in developing immunity to silver because the silver breaks down cell walls and interferes obviously with their respiration and reproduction.
Before World War 2, the most powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substance known to medicine was colloidal silver, or small parts of silver, colloidal in size, suspended in distilled water. It was effective against more than 650 different illness-causing bacteria, viruses or fungi. In fact, these days it has been used aggressively to coat vital hospital equipment.
Michael Dirienzo, executive director of the Silver Institute said today’s advances in technology have enabled medical equipment producers to introduce silver coated instruments for use in treating patients, eliminating on contact, every bacterial, fungal and viral exposure [June, 2013].
Colloidal silver can be used in the home for wound disinfecting, mouth-wash, hand disinfecting, spray on cutting boards, counters etc. Disinfect your toilet, shower and bath with colloidal silver. Children all too often put toys in their mouths. Spray the toys with the silver solution.
I am a Medical Herbalist based in Tuam, Co Galway and market top-class colloidal silver. You can purchase my colloidal silver online by going to www.skinherbalist.com or phone 093 27033.
This article is for educational purposes only. Patrick Murphy makes NO medical claims.
ALT AR ‘COLLOIDAL SILVER
le Patrick Murphy, Luibheolaí
Fadó, bhí ‘airgead’ nó ‘silver’ as Béarls, ar ceann de na príomh eilimintí nádúrtha ar fail chun cosaint ó víris, baictéir agus fungais.
Roimh an Dara Cogadh Domhanda bhí sé ar ceann de na frith-vireas, frith-baictéir agus frith-fungais is cumhachtaí agus éifeachtach a bhí ann.
Tá gnéithe nádúrtha san eilimint ‘airgid’ agus tá sé cruthaithe mar díghalraigh chun troda go tréan in aghaidh na víris, baictéir agus fungais éagsúla.
Úsáidtear ‘airgead’ nó ‘silver’ i gcónaí san ospidéal mar sciath ag clúdach na h-uirlisí tábhachtacha leighis. Leis an dul chun cinn i teicneolaíochta le blianta anuas tá sé á úsáid chun cuidiú le lucht táirgeadh uirlisí leighis freisin.
Is féidir ‘colloidal silver’, atá déanta as ‘airgead agus uisce driogtha, a úsáid mar chosaint sa bhaile. Cuir i gcás ar ghoinn, ar lámha (mar díghalraigh), ag ullumhú bia, sa seomraí folcadh agus sa leithreas. Is iomaí uair, mar shampla, a chuireann páistí a bréagáin ina béil. Cuir ‘colloidal silver’ ar na bréagáin chun cosaint in aghaidh ionfhabhtú.
Tá an Luibheolaí cáiliúila, Patrick Murphy, ag táirgeadh ‘colloidal silver’ agus tá sé ar fáil uaidh.
D’fhólaigm Patrick faoin eilimint ‘colloidal silver’ agus módhanna déantar é breis is 30 bliain ó shin. Fuair sé an t-eolas faoi ón Dr Keith Courtney, saineolaí cáiliúila domhanda ar ‘colloidal silver’.
Tá Patrick le teagmháil ar 093 27033, nó ar www.skinherbalist.com
All set for the surge
The heroes of Galway’s health system are redoubling preparation efforts for the expected ‘Covid-19 surge’ by adding new beds, more staff and life-saving ventilators to treat more virus-hit patients.
And while doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are ‘flat out’ on the frontline saving lives, their colleagues in several state agencies and organisations have joined forces to ramp-up testing for coronavirus at new centres across the city and county to clear a backlog of tests.
The head of Galway’s public hospitals group, Saolta, has moved to assure the public that the system locally is coping with increased presentations and admissions of Covid19 patients – and ‘escalation’ plans involving the city’s two private hospitals are at an advanced stage.
Dr Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director of the Saolta Group and consultant cardiologist at Galway University Hospital, also praised front-line staff in the local health system, and he urged the public to reduce social contacts to slow the rate of transmission so ‘we can manage the expected surge’.
He said UHG would take the bulk of Galway’s Covid-19 cases and so far has sufficient capacity but is being reconfigured to add extra beds and Intensive Care Unit facilities. If UHG reaches capacity, the secondary escalation plan is to use Merlin Park and Galway’s two private hospitals, Bons Secours and Galway Clinic.
Only essential surgeries, such as emergencies, cancer, or heart disease such as bypasses, are taking place at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe and UHG.
See full story – and 18 pages on Galway’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops today. You can also buy a digital edition online from www.connachttribune.ie or have a paper included with your supermarket shop delivery.