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Here’s a video from http://www.BillPeckham.com via the Renal Fellow Network about how to stick yourself (Self-cannulation) for home dialysis using the “button-hole technique”.
Bill Peckham has been on dialysis since 1990 (before my sons were born!) and was an early presence in the blogosphere, writing about his experience with dialysis.
He’s a wonderful writer and a very good leader in the dialysis community. Check out his blog! His website is at www.BillPeckham.com and you can view the video about Self-Cannulation by CLICKING HERE.
Update 7/29/13: I also found this video from Canada about the benefits of self-cannulation (sticking yourself). CLICK HERE to read and view it.
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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