Diabetes and Dialysis #8
It has been a hell of a week and it is just barely half over.
I got my first outpatient dialysis session on Tuesday. These sessions require me to leave work early. Soooooo I have to work extra hours on the days that I am here all day to make up the lost hours.
So Monday was a 13 hour day. Tuesday was 7 hours followed by 4 hours in a chair at the dialysis center. Oh, and for some strange reason (I think the dialysis machine sucked my brains out) I…Continue
Diabetes and Dialysis #6A
Along with every thing else that is going on with this dialysis stuff, I have to suffer a great humilation.
What I got told (well after the fact mind you) is that I need to be exercising the right hand to help the AV fistula mature. I had no idea until I took the tour of the dialysis center. That was who told me. Okay, to be truthful my wife had also read it on the ihatedialysis.com website.
So they gave me this egg shaped thing to squeeze on. I…Continue
Diabetes and Dialysis #6
The time has come.
Got notified by the kidney doctor yesterday that my little honey moon period is over. I am slated to go to the hospital next Thursday to get a catheter dialysis access installed and they will give me two more units of whole blood then give me a short (2 hour) dialysis treatment. That will be followed on Friday by the second treatment which will be closer to the normal four hours.
The week following I will start my three days a…Continue
DIabetes and Dialysis #5
Welcome to the fifth installment of my blog as I start down the road towards starting dialysis. It helps me so much that I can write this and have others read about what I am going through.
I went for a tour of the dialysis center that I will be using once the dialysis starts. I really don't know whether this has helped me or not. I will tell you that I still would recommend it to anyone who has to go down this path. If nothing else it gives you the…Continue