QUEENSLAND TRIAL: Diane Hunter with her NIKI Pump courtesy of Wishlist, which dramatically increases her quality of life.
QUEENSLAND TRIAL: Diane Hunter with her NIKI Pump courtesy of Wishlist, which dramatically increases her quality of life. John Mccutcheon

Wishlist’s help lifts Diane’s life

DIANE Hunter is one of five Sunshine Coast patients taking part in a Queensland-first treatment program.

Mrs Hunter, of Bli Bli, has a very serious case of fibromyalgia, which she says can be very debilitating.

She likens it to having the worst case of the flu, riddled with aches and pains. To worsen her condition she also has rheumatoid arthritis.

For the past three years, Mrs Hunter has had an "extremely low" immune system problem and

because of her fluctuating white blood cell count is receiving treatment at the hematologist unit at Nambour General Hospital.

Mrs Hunter was one of many local cancer and immunology patients making the four-hour monthly visit to Nambour hospital to be hooked up to an intravenous infusion machine for life-saving immunoglobulin therapy.

Wishlist has funded nine NIKI pumps worth $23,750 to allow patients to self-inject the treatment at home.

Mrs Hunter, who has been giving herself the hour-long treatment at home for 10 weeks, praised the program.

"It's not invasive and being able to self-administer gives you total

independence to choose the time of day each week to suit you," she said.

"What is great is you don't have to sit for the hour or so, as there is a small pouch you can put the pump into, just put it over your shoulder and you're completely mobile if you need to be, or just sit, and relax with a coffee."

Patient safety and quality unit transfusion clinical nurse consultant Leanne Hollis said patients

undertook training to learn how to self-inject and could then take control of their own treatment at home.

The NIKI pumps are returned to the unit when they are no longer needed ready to be given to the next patient.

"We have recruited 15 patients on to the program since March with five patients currently using the

NIKI pumps," she said.

"Wishlist's donation of nine NIKI pumps makes it much easier for patients to inject the immunoglobulin therapy, especially for patients with decreased hand strength."


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