OK, so this is my dialysis chair
for the morning.
Matthew Herbert comes
for dialysis three times a week.
We've got our own little telly as well,
and that's the dialysis machine.
This is a fistula.
They need to put the needles into a vein
are all a bit too small.
The needles are quite large
and it would end up blowing the vein,
so they cut
your arm open
and bring a vein to the surface
have on this one,
as you can see.
They make a little loop
with an arterial vein and a normal vein.
That increases the pressure
in the normal vein
and you can
put the needles in
because it makes that vein bigger.
This is about nine years old,
unusual. He's one of three
patients who puts his own needles in.
We normally needle the patients.
Many units are encouraging
patients to become more involved,
needling their own fistulas
and setting up machines by themselves.
Time, , yes?
That's what time I'll be done.
(narrator) There's a wide variation
in the recovery time
between dialysis sessions.
chosen profession is one
of the most stressful you can imagine.
He's head chef at a restaurant
in Petersfield, Hampshire,
which he runs with his partner Kay.
It can be anything up to 60,
65 hours a week,
spread over six days.
Obviously now's a very busy time for me.
straight off the dialysis.
Usually I get here at ten.
When I have dialysis
I have to get here when I can get here.
a little drained
at the moment. Quite drained.
just got to keep your head
down and plug along, just carry on.
Matthew is 28 years old and
started dialysis when he was just 17.
When I was in
for a long time
I used to watch a lot of cooking shows
up taking an interest in it,
and that's where it all went.
Then I went to college
and that's how it started, really.
I just got interested.
This got me into cheffing.
When he was 15
Matthew caught FSGS,
a rare form of kidney disease
unfortunately can recur
in transplanted kidneys.
There are many
who may not be suitable for transplants
them, dialysis is necessary
for the rest of their lives.
(Matthew) This will be
for the rest of my life.
My dad gave me a kidney.
We waited five years and I thought,
"I've waited long enough"
unfortunately my old illness
polluted the kidney that he'd given
me and I was back to square one,
so I got
them to take it back out
and I came straight back on here.
It's very hard to handle to begin with,
not so much
for Matt and myself
but mostly for his family
they've got all their hopes
pinned on a transplant that works
and hopefully him living into old age,
children, grandchildren and everything.
Matthew is able to balance
hospital dialysis appointments
with his working and family life.
However, for some people dialysis
at home may be a more suitable option,
the form of haemodialysis
or peritoneal dialysis.
I remember when he first started at
He came with his dad and his mum.
I sure did.
He still smiled and was very
about the whole thing.
(Matthew) You know, it keeps me
keeps me happy.
What more can I ask, really?