I came across a wonderful blog the other day where a dialysis patient with a foot in both both worlds offers his experience and perspective on Dialysis and Kidney Transplant.
This is a particularly poignant tale because it involves a wife giving her kidney to her reluctant husband and how that went sour when his body rejected it. He describes his journey along the rough road of dialysis, transplant, and rejection and repeating it again. He offers some very good insight. Transplant is not a panacea but has it’s advantages. His blog is “BigDandMe” and this posting is titled “Dialysis or Transplant: the Big Decision”. I highly recommend it.
I also came across this blog post that arose from a wife/caregiver reading the above mentioned post. You might like to read, “Dialysis or Transplant” also.
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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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