Dialysis and a Not Normal Day

Update: 8/18/12  Working like crazy today… New posting about Pain and Lidocaine comine out tomorrow (8/19/12) morning and another in progress about “the Ritual” of dialysis for noobs.  Watch this space!  

I found this other blogger and author who wrote about an interesting day in the Dialysis Unit when things don’t go as expected.  I thought you might be interested in this.  I enjoyed reading it and was reminded that not every day will be “as usual”.  Expect the unexpected!?

http://bobntx1.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/trouble-in-the-dialysis-center/

I also found this posting by a person on dialysis and found it a good read.  A reminder that dialysis is just part of the day, not the whole day!  LOL  I love her thoughts about Italy.

http://elliebloo.com/2012/08/11/thoughts/

Then there is this posting about an experience of kidney failure and going into dialysis.  What I find intriguing is that she already had a psephologist and was showing symptoms of kidney failure but her Primary doc treated her for colitis before it was accurately diagnosed as kidney failure.  Read it and see what I mean.

http://ovaldaze.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/its-been-a-while-but-trust-me-a-lot-has-happened/

I found this photo that I feel captures the reality of dialysis.  My thought was “what a sorry lot we are” and this pretty well supports that feeling.  We are a sory lot but I believe its our predicament combined with the environment.  Why do dialysis centers have to look so drab and uninspiring.  This looks more like an office hallway than what it should look like… I just don’t know what it “should” look like.  Anyway, tale a look and see:

http://donotpublish.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/dialysis/

As if we don’t have enough to worry about… here’s the case in SC of a man who got pissed at the center and put chlorine in the treatment water.  He’s been allowed bail but if you haven’t heard about this case, you may want to come up to speed on it.

http://kfwbam.com/2012/08/02/bond-set-for-sc-man-accused-of-tainting-dialysis/

Then I got reading about Jenny who’s fundraising for stem cell treatment has her on a roller-coaster ride from Hell.  She gets a check, then doesn’t, then does.  Geeze!  And all through this, she remains upbeat and optimistic!  I’m really impressed with her and I think you will be too.  I started here: http://kidneyrecoverywithstemcells.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/forever/ then went here: http://kidneyrecoverywithstemcells.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/tall-tale/  and ended here: http://kidneyrecoverywithstemcells.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/leap-of-faith/  It’s not in chronological order but you can go in that order if you want.  It’s inspirational to me and I hope it is for you.  Jenny is fascinating!

You’ll have to forgive any typos today.  The eyes are still not working well.  Oh well, I’ll keep going until they give out and figure out something after that.

I just finished a post about Lidocaine and Pain.  It’ll come out tomorrow morning.  Watch this space.

© 2012 DevonTexas

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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2 Responses to Dialysis and a Not Normal Day

  1. ovaldaze says:

    Wow what an interesting blog! I will be visiting here quite often. I used to do heamo but changed over to peritoneal dialysis, I find it so much better for me.

    • devontexas says:

      Thank you for visiting. I always appreciate my friends visiting and reading. I’m working hard to make dialysis a better, easier event in one’s life. PD is something I carefully considered but couldn’t take advantage of it for many reasons. I plan to blog about dialysis alternatives soon. Watch this space. And, again, thank you.

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