Bikes for asthmatics?

Sign spotted at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

This afternoon Jane and I had an appointment at the Human Genetics Department at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Now that we’re on the IVF waiting list, and given that I have a kidney condition called Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), which has a 50% chance of being passed on to my children, we were keen to discuss the condition with a geneticist who would be able to explain the condition and any ways that they could help prevent the condition being passed on.

It was lovely meeting, with a lovely doctor, but the upshot is that there really is nothing they can do. There are procedures that can be done to screen IVF embryos for the presence of the genes that cause ADPCD, but the procedure is not available on the NHS, and isn’t usually used for this trifling condition! It was a very useful meeting to learn the facts and have a better understanding of the risks that we run of passing it on by having children.

On our walk back to the car we passed a bike shed (photo above) that had a sign that read:

Reserved for
emergency asthma
patients only

Hmm… emergency bikes for asthma patients?! How much did I laugh? It was only as I was taking the photograph that I noticed the writing on the ground in front of the bike shed:

Emergency Asthma Vehicle

Now, THAT makes a lot more sense than providing asthmatics with bikes to get to the Emergency Department in a hurry.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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