Dialysis or Transplant – Which is the lessor evil/better salvation?

Some good points about experience with dialysis and transplant.


I have been inspired to write about this difficult topic by Big D and Me’s blog post Dialysis or Transplant:  The Big Decision.  He shared his experience and really voiced our experience also.

In our early years of dialysis the nephrologist said that not everyone chooses a transplant.  They had someone on dialysis for 20-years.  We laughed.  Who in their right mind would choose to be hooked up to a machine if they had a chance at their ‘real’ life that’s free of dialysis, restricted diet, routine hospital appointments, liquid restrictions (no more than 2L a day!), pills with their side effects, vacation restrictions and costs, etc.  After a few more years we still remembered this conversation and turned bitter/conspiracy theorists.  The doctor probably wanted the funding for his dialysis career and wanted to keep people dialysis.  We were young….in our twenties, naive, ignorant, and bitter.

When Franklin got…

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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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