- home dialysis is an option for many people, however in my case with five cats and one dog, it would be tough to keep things perfectly sterile and hygenic.
- I find some days the time in the chair, the four hours of the run, almost unbearable, to the point where usually in the third hour I have the urge to yank out the lines and run screaming from the room, but I manage to fight it down and finish the run.
- the diet is unrelenting, narrow and quite boring, my poor skill as a cook does not help with this problem
- in one level of understanding, I realize that I am an out patient on life support but I don’t really feel all that sick at all, just trapped in a life necessary trap
- I have noticed that the other dialysis patients have virtually no interest in talking, few do any reading, one talks on a cellphone, but the rest get by watching the tv sets that are provided in the clinic.
- it is very difficult but not impossible to change your dialysis schedule to accomodate some special event. last year I did this once to facilitate staying over for a university reunion, I had to make the request about 7 weeks before the event. I was lucky to get the change.
- in Ontario, the waiting time for a cadaverous kidney transplant is about 8 years. in my case I will be 63 years old when my turn may come.