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The Professional Patients Podcast

The Professional Patients Podcast

By The Professional Patients
Ruban and Ollie are two great friends brought together by the w̶o̶e̶f̶u̶l̶ wonderful world of Chronic Kidney Failure.

They speak about their experiences of spending their lives in and out of hospital, and what it is like being @professionalpatients.
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Pp. 20 The Renal Ramekin: “I’m like a crap Spiderman.”
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie share their night-out experiences, comparing notes on things they have done differently as Transplant patients to prepare for nights out.
November 19, 2021
Pp. 19 The Renal Ramekin: "I only fart in phone tones."
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie share their Nil by Mouth experiences, after chatting a little about Ru Paul's Drag Race. 
November 05, 2021
Pp. 18 The Renal Ramekin: "Over time, you really learn to appreciate things."
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie take on their first Ramekin challenge. The topic for this week was Positives of Transplant life. 
October 22, 2021
Pp. 17 Back to the regular-degular: "It'll only sting. You've shoved a wasp up there mate!'
After a personal break the boys are back, for at least one more episode! Ruban and Ollie catch up on what they have been upto and what the plans are moving forward. 
October 15, 2021
Pp. 16 Relationships: "We can't have those cute little secrets, because cute little secrets - aren't cute!"
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie discuss navigating intimacy and sex in relationships. 
July 30, 2021
Pp. 15 Relationships: "You don't sit in front of me and eat an entire chicken and chips!"
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie discuss the ways in which you can support someone living with a long term illness. 
July 09, 2021
Pp. 14 Relationships: "When you open your dosette - when you slide it open - it sounds like a pig squealing!"
Ruban and Ollie introduce a new chapter of Relationships, which, for the record, they do not claim to be experts in.  In this episode they discuss "How do you approach a First Date as a Transplant Patient?" 
June 25, 2021
Pp. 13 Friendships: "Time doesn't heal, but it does help."
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie discuss the loss of friendships- whether it be death itself or drifting apart- and how they've coped with these things. 
June 11, 2021
Pp. 12 Friendships: "Blessed with the best!"
In this episode, Ruban and Ollie discuss how your friends and family can support you whilst living with ongoing health conditions. 
May 28, 2021
Special Guest Pp with Lewis Daniels: "Dr Google is not your best friend."
This week Ruban and Ollie caught up with Lewis Daniels from the fantastic "Transplants Take On Sports Pod." Lewis chats to us about his experiences with kidney disease, his passion for sports, and triple chocolate fudge cake!
May 19, 2021
Pp. 11 Friendships: "Each person can help in a different way."
Ruban and Ollie propose their new format and make a start with the theme of Friendships. In this episode they discuss that all important question - "How do you talk to your mates about your health issues?" 
May 14, 2021
Pp. 10 "I was the youngest person to receive a live related kidney."
Ruban and Ollie sit down with their good friend Joe Quick and speak about his experiences as a kidney transplant recipient. 
April 30, 2021
Pp. 9 "Dialysis keeps you alive, but it doesn't really give you a life."
In this episode, Ruban talks to Ollie about his experiences whilst being on Dialysis.
April 16, 2021
Pp. 8 “Whenever a group of doctors walk near me, I turtle.”
In this episode, Ollie breaks down his experiences Catheterising whilst being a transplant patient.
April 02, 2021
Pp. 7 "This has descended into bloody chaos!"
Ruban and Ollie were invited to speak with the wonderful Sarah Burbedge and Olly Matthews from 'A Life More Extraordinary' who have been running webinars and hosting podcasts throughout lockdown with interesting guests that share their insightful stories. In this episode, they spoke about coping with lockdown, collecting urine samples and cliff-diving into kebabs!  Make sure you log on and catch up with all their podcasts on:
March 19, 2021
Pp. 6 “Leave Them Certain”
Ruban and Ollie sit down with Katy Portell and Neil Simms from the NHSBT (Blood and Transplant) Marketing team and pick their brains about the campaigns they are currently involved in.   You can find lots of information about NHS Blood and Transplant and how you can Register to be an Organ Donor on here: You can also find a link to Katy’s inspiring TEDx talk, where she speaks on her incredible experience with Tissue Donation: Here's a link to the fantastic ‘Leave Them Certain’ campaign:
March 05, 2021
Pp. 5 "Journey to the jab."
After a much needed break(down), Ruban and Ollie are back! 
February 19, 2021
Pp. 4 "We've seen things. Our knobs have BURNED!"
Ruban and Ollie talk about how they tried to fit in Education and a Career (of sorts) whilst being transplant patients.
October 09, 2020
Pp. 3 "I took six months worth of tablets in one sitting!"
Ruban and Ollie talk about how they manage a social life whilst being transplant patients. 
September 25, 2020
Pp. 2 "You could've bounced me along the ward!"
Ruban and Ollie talk about their experiences living with a transplant. 
September 11, 2020
Pp. 1 "It's frustrating all round..."
Ruban and Ollie talk about what they got up to during lockdown.
August 28, 2020
"We won't be sitting here telling you how to do stuff..."
Just an intro from Ruban and Ollie letting you know what's in store. 
August 18, 2020