Hi, had a fistula done on Oct 6. It's not mature yet. Went to the surgeon for a check up and he says he now wants to do another surgery . Orig it's below the inside of arm just below the elbow. Now he wants to put it above that. He said he wants to take the vein and move it closer to the surface . He says I am obese and this is why. I have a stomach but my arms are muscular. I do not look obese . Did anyone have to do this? Also what happens if I need dialysis before that? He said this will be a stronger better vein if he goes this procedure. Any thoughtsView Thread
Ok this is hard. What's the best way to learn the ins and outs of how to get the best care, what kinds of insurance is best, what states are the best to live in if you have kidney disease, and maybe some other things that would be good to know before it happens? Is there a book, or do we find out things through discussion groups like this?any advice ia appreciatedView Thread
Hi everyone, how did most of you feel when you started dialysis? Were you able to work? the dr said heavies not basing dialysis solely on the GFR. He said if he is feeling well and not throwing up or losing weight, or extreme fatigue and retaining water then he will not start dialysis yet. Does that sound right? Does anyone have a suggestion on all things dialysis? I am so scared for us. I feel,like a social worker should be telling us the ins and outs? Am I expecting to much?View Thread
Hi mrs Cora
His gfr is at 19. His creatine is at 3.4 the dr said that more than likely he would start June or before that in 2015. The dr said he would most likely go with how he is feeling. If he starts throwing up, feels really run down or he can't function due to being tired or has shortness of breath or starts retaining water all day with a puffy face ankles etc then he would be on dialysis sooner. He told him to watch his protein/ phosphorous now. As well as potassium and sodium. They put him on sodium bicarbonate tablets (4 a day) which has helped increase his co2 level. We have kaiser, but the facilities aren't very close. We may havevto change insur to be able to go closer to home. Yes he has a fistula. He got bit oct 6, of this yr. the kidney dr says it's not ready yet but seems strong. It's hard to find the right foods etc. I use davita good analyzer a lot. He would not be doing as well as he is if incident do everything for him. This is very stressful.View Thread
Hi everyone, does anyone live in ca and have kaiser for insurance? If so , do you use their facilities for dialysis? Does anyone use Davita? Dialysis will be in the next 3-6 months at the most the dr said. After 3 mo I heard you can go on Medicare for dialysis. How does that work? Anyone know? Thank youView Thread
Hi, who takes care of that? Is it the social workers? I wonder why they wait so long to educate us. I am going to the kidney dr with my husband in another week and will ask about all of this. If dialysis needs to start sooner they should not let people suffer mentally or physically. You know what I mean? We have great health insurance however, if my husband who is self employed cant work his heavy construction job lifting etc, we will not have money coming in which means the 1100 a month I pay for us to have insurance will have to be stopped as we will need his patriot make up forbwhatbwevare losing etc with him not bring able to work so we. Or he would have to go on Medicare . What a messView Thread
Hi I have researched and researched all things kidneys trying to help my husbands. The drs sure not tell you a lot. I have read several things on avoiding dialysis a little longer by eliminating animal protein or phospherous. This is suppose to really help yet drs don't tell you that. Are we at thievery of the kidney drs? Anyone have advice as to whst worked for them? Thank you,gfr is at 17View Thread
My question is does anyone have aches and pains all over the body? My husbands gfr is now 17. He has the fistula and so far so good. It's only a month old but appears strong. Because he can't take any NSAIDs he is in pain often as he does construction and I know it's as a result of his job. Sometimes I don't feel like the drs do enough to help him. I also think diet as he is diabetic has a lot to do with the decline of the gfr. Is that possible?View Thread
My question is this. If I have a stomach like most men do, can I still have Peridonatel instead of hemodialysis? Which is safer or easier or both in your opinion? I heard the peri is better for you usually as you can do it more often. Is the procedure very bad as far as setting it up in your stomach? Thank youView Thread
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