kidney failure life

things have been hectic and a little nervewracking lately

  • I need my aortic valve replaced, surgery about the second week of January
  • last wee on Monday and Friday my hemodialysis chest line replaced, clotting problems.
  • I resume blood thinners tonight after an angiogram
  • angiogram today showed no artery blockages, my stent wide open as well
  • my aortic valve needs replacement
  • I am experiencing shortness of breath after basic exertion
  • my walkind distance before I have to stop to catch my breath down to about 30 feet
  • this morning to get from the hospital entrance to the cardiac short stay unit for the angiogram, I needed to borrow a wheelchair.

I am working with my limitations of walking distance.  I am hopeful that the valve replacement will improve my quality of life. Better blood flow should mean greater walking range.  i am told a mechanical valve can last up to ten years.  I believe that the valve fix will put me back on the tramsplant list.  I got the call for a donated kidney for transplant at the beginning of October but had to turn it down.  I expect 2015 to be a wonderful year.


Author: William J. Gibson

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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