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.
62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged
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