I found this article, titled “Making a Diagnosis is Less Important than Asking these 2 Questions” by Dr. Frank Lipman and wanted to pass it along. He makes the point that “Even though you may have been given a diagnosis, always ask these two questions with any chronic problem…”
It applies to dialysis patients in that many of us in the early stages of CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) went through countless visits to physicians who treated the symptoms but rarely addressed the underlying issue of kidney failure. Even in later stages of CKD and ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease), patients are still treated for various symptoms rather than the underlying cause. It’s up to us patients to help the “old model” doctors through the process and to direct their attention to the real problem. To read the article, CLICK HERE.
P.S. I hope you don’t mind that I sometimes reblog or link to another posting. It’s not that I don’t have things to write about. It’s just that often others have made the point so well that I don’t want you, my readers, to miss them.
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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