Spoke With the Doctor

Tuesday has finally arrived, and I was able to talk to Dr. A about my concerns with my dry weight. The patient’s dry weight is the weight that is checked after dialysis is finished for the day until the next dialysis day. Dr. A is not concerned about my weight at this time, but I told him why I was because I want to get on the list for another transplant. I need to be at 180 pounds, and right now, I am between 190 and 200 pounds as my dry weight. It is getting a little frustrating. He understood my concerns, too. I will have to work on eating better. I do love my fruit (apple, plums, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries), veggies, and salads. I do have to admit, because of phosphates and potassium and being on dialysis or your kidney is not functioning correctly, there are fruits and vegetables I must to be careful not to eat so much. Also, because I am on Warfarin and an aspirin regimen daily, I need to watch out for certain vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and other leafy greens that have vitamin K. The doctor and nurses look at the PROTIME/INR levels every week. Dr. A also explained to me that he is going to cut my time on dialysis from 3 ½ hours to 3 hours and 15 minutes, and my dry weight will be at 87 kg instead of 84 kg for a while. My new time begins on Thursday, October 31, 2019.