Dialysis and Infection

Here’s some really valuable information about an experience with PD and infection. PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) is an excellent way to dialyze at home instead of at a dialysis center but it carries with it the chance of infection (more so than in a center). In this case, the person didn’t have any signs of the infection at the catheter site. Take a read. And if you want more information about PD, visit Davita’s info page about Peritoneal Dialysis

Also, check out this Gift Giving Guide from Davita.  If you’re wondering what to give that special person on Dialysis for Christmas or Hanukkah (you’re late!), Davita offers some good suggestions.  Click here to read it.

Nachos and Kidney Beans

Well, I just had a harsh lesson in the dangers of PD (my type of dialysis)…  I spent the last 5 days in the hospital trying to get rid of a staph infection that was on my dialysis catheter site!  Last Wednesday, I was at work when I started shaking uncontrollably and vomiting non-stop, but when I went to the dialysis center, my site looked ok (it didn’t actually start showing signs of infection until the next day, so I felt it before I saw it.  Nice.), and my fluids were crystal clear, so we didn’t know what was going on, and I was sent to the ER.  I’ve been told that this was something that I needed to be careful about, but I never thought it could be this bad!  Ugh… Never a dull day in Berta-world. 😛  Actually, what happened was a “perfect storm” of sorts… not only…

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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 Infection

  1. Yikes! Great to know they were able to save the PD catheter. When my 8 year old son got pseudomonas on his PD catheter, it developed into peritonitis. After two successive 48 hour vancomycin cycles failed to shift it, the catheter had to come out and he had a permcath implanted. He’s lost that one too and had another inserted on his other side. All the best. Charlie

    • DevonTexas says:

      You and your son have really been through some tough times in this last year! I hope 2013 brings a new kidney and some relief from the struggles! All the best to you and your family, Charlie!

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