I’m working on an article for RenalBusiness.com about my most “unfavorite” topic, Depression. I’ll let you know when it gets published. It’s almost funny that I should be asked to write about depression because I barely survived it but it’s important that we get this issue out on the table to discuss it openly because we all have to deal with it much too often.
While I busy myself with that task, I’d like to introduce you to another blogger who writes about dialysis and does it very well. I am very impressed with his work and encourage you to read some of his posts. He’s been on and off dialysis for 16 years and some insights I don’t. He’s also, like me, interested in getting newcomers acquainted with the process. His latest is about “body image” and the impact of a fistula on your self-image. Take a look at his blog called “Big D and Me“. I don’t think he knows about the lower and upper armbands that cover my access from DialysisArmBands.com so I left a comment about them.
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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 could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time.
In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee
I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others 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 in www.DevonTexas.com
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I also blog in LegacyTales in WordPress if you are interested in the ramblings of a Old Man. Give a peek and let me know what you think. https://legacytales.wordpress.com/