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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