Here's what I can tell you about what I have seen of the decision making process. For myself personally, and what I've seen from numerous people in support group, choose the modality that grosses you out the least. To me, the thought of a fistula really bothered me. I ended up on hemo due to medical reasons, but I really wanted PD. I have friends who did hemo becuase the thought of a tube sticking out of the belly was horrible.
Both methods have pros and cons. You can often eat better on PD (few potassium restrictions) and it is a bit easier on your body as you dialyse and take fluid off every day. There is a risk of a big/bad infection especially if you are not careful.
With hemo, they can almost always force it to work in one way or another. You are usually in center, but if you can go to home hemo, that is almost as good as a transplant. But your diet and fluid intake is more restricted and it is harder on your body as you are taking off 2 days of fluid in a 4 hour shot which can be hard on your heart.
As for whether or not you are physically able to do PD, yoiu should consult with the docs.
Both forms of dialysis require a small surgery with only a relatively small amount of pain and a short recovery time. Just make sure you give yourself some lead time and make the choice and get it done before you need it. I left it too long, went on dialysis on an emergency basis, and it wasn't fun.
beenblessed_nana, this website can be confusing for first timers and new users. I would say that more than half of the polls were people simply not understanding how to use the site and getting confused.
I think the OP just wanted some help and reassurance and is probably embarrassed to answer you now. It's always best to play nicely.
Hi there. Still posting, and my kidney function, after almost a dozen years, is still stable. I was never able to return to work, but I had other medical issues. Basically, despite some setbacks over the years, I am a happy camper. I met a great guy and got married between my kidney transplant and my pancreas transplant. By that point I was too old to want to think about kids, but I do know of transplanted women who have had successful pregnancies.
All I can say is keep your head up. You are going to be ok. And if you don't have someone in your life right now, there is every possibility that you will. Best of luck.
I've never seen that before, but just from a language perspective, itmeans that the kidney is producing what it's supposed to, into the bladder. So you are producing normal urine. Double check with the doc if you are worried.
Many of us who have been on dialysis have had problems with cold. Keep in mind, that the dialysis machine cools the patients blood to help prevent clotting. So the patient is cooled from the inside out. Brrrr. And then the machines generate a lot of heat and the nurses need to be kept cool, so the AC is often turned up. Whether this could cause pain, I don't know. I never had pains or cramps, but that could just be me.
I felt better by bringing some warm and cozy blankets with me to dialysis. I looked a bit like I was going camping, but at least I was comfy. Talk to the dr at the center and the nurses. Maybe they can come up with something to help.
I'm so sorry that your aunt isn't doing well. While on dialysis I did see a few elderly folks decide to stop. Have you considered talking to her about giving it a try? She could always decide to not continue if she wants.
That said, there really is no way to tell how long she could last - especially since you don't mention any #s. She oculd pass quickly, if she catches something that makes her ill. Or things could stabilize. There is simply no way to predict. Have you, as family, gone with her to a Dr. appointment?
So sorry. We've been there. The good news is that there is life after dialysis starts. Some people do continue to work. But the transition is hard and requires some mental adjustment. And it also takes some time to get the prescription right. It's just like taking a med, you have to find the right "dosages". Here's hoping things remain stable for a while.
Sorry, I just went on a ramble about peritoneal dialysis and then remembered you talked about a fistula. So I deleted the irrelevant stuff. As for whether or not home hemo is covered, I have no clue as I am Canadian. But had several friends doing it and if you can get it, I would suggest that you go for it. It is considered the next best thing to a transplant. Virtually no dietary restrictions and you feel almost normal. One friend could walk around the block while on in-center hemo and on home hemo he was biking about 20 miles per day. With that said, it's not easy and requires quite a bit of training. But from the sound of it, your husband is a competent individual and should be able to handle it.