Dialysis (01)

Dialysis Center

On Friday 1st October I had my first consultation with regards to starting Dialysis.

Dr. G.  (nephrologist) from the Regional Hospital took plenty of time to explain the procedure of the Dialysis  as well as measures necessary in case of a kidney transplant.

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

Picture of Arteriovenous Fistula

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:

Kidney transplant: Replacement of a diseased, damaged, or missing kidney with a donor kidney. Also called a renal transplant.

Patients with end-stage renal failure are candidates for transplantation. A successful transplant frees the patient from dialysis and provides the kidney’s other metabolic functions.

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.

Rita 🙂

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  1. Dear Lord, I want to dare to hope but life around me seems uncertain and tentative. Will You help me dare to hope? Will You help me remember Your faithfulness, love and mercy? Thank You advance for what You are going to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


    Whenever I see the green light shine,
    I know that you are awake and on line
    This has always been for me a sure sign
    That you are there and all is fine

    Whenever I hear the skype bell ring
    I know for sure this one thing
    The comfort that this sound bring
    It makes my heart to sing

    Whenever I am feeling sad
    Reflections on the good and the bad
    I know that in all circumstances you are glad
    And thankful towards our Heavenly Dad

    Whenever I wake with fear in my heart
    I know my day has a gloomy start
    But then I remove the fiery dart
    And play my triumphant card

    For now is for now and then for when
    And life is in the ink of your pen
    Your thoughts and words every now and then
    Should always be Thine Will Amen.

    Dedicated to Rita. 5th October 2010

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