On Friday 1st October I had my first consultation with regards to starting Dialysis.
We have agreed to Hemodialysis and more info can be read here: Hemodialysis
I will have to visit the dialysis center every second day for 4 hours. I was shown around the facilities and was pleasantly surprised by the friendly staff and atmosphere. One is also allowed to use your laptop or Ipod – which I appreciate as well – it will make the time a little shorter.
On Wednesday I have my next appointment to have my veins checked for vascular access;
Getting Your Vascular Access Ready
One important step before starting hemodialysis is preparing a vascular access, a site on your body from which your blood is removed and returned. A vascular access should be prepared weeks or months before you start dialysis. It will allow easier and more efficient removal and replacement of your blood with fewer complications. For more information about the different kinds of vascular accesses and how to care for them, see the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) fact sheet Vascular Access for Hemodialysis.
On Thursday 7th October, I have my next appointment for a stomach scan as well as some kidney xrays to be taken – this in preparation in case of a transplant:
The survival rate a year after a transplant from a living related donor is over 95%. The survival rate a year after a transplant from a cadaver is about 90%. The principal problems in kidney transplantation are immunologic, avoiding rejection of the transplanted kidney by the recipient’s immune system.
Except for being very tired and have sore joints in my arms and legs, I still feel fine, but I hope that my condition will improve a little on the dialysis, enabling me to go walking with my dog again. This is not possible at the moment as I have breathing problems.
You are welcome to contact me if you have any question, I will update my page for my friends on a regular basis.
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