Dialysis Update

For the past week, dialysis has been going well and smoothly.  Today was another fine dialysis day.  I could not have asked for more.  I was able to get 3.21 kilos of fluid out of me from my weekend excursion with a little extra fluid in my body.  I gained 4.3 kilos over the weekend.  I have to do better from this day forward to be very honest.  The days that I do not get dialyzed is on Sunday and Monday after Saturday‚Äôs dialysis day.  Gaining 2 to 3 kilos is fine but not anything after that.  I learned that from Dr. A this morning from his clinic visit and it is important to be in those guidelines of fluid intake when we have kidney issues and need to be on dialysis.  I like Dr. A because he does not sit and criticize you for something you did wrong but he is firm about how important it is to be healthy and strong during dialysis.

Am I upset that I am a little over my fluid intake?  No, not upset.  Scared, yes.  I want to do what is right and I do myself a favor in listening to the doctor the best I can.  As far as my transplanted kidney is concerned, I do have to admit that my transplant has lasted longer than most transplants.  I have taken good care of my kidney for 31 1/2 years.  As long as my kidney s still making urine (please excuse any grossness), I can still celebrate the life of my kidney even though it is not working properly anymore.  I do not mind being on dialysis at all.  It is the way life goes when kidneys do not function properly in anyone/everyone.  I notice from time to time that hemodialysis can be hard on the body, but I still feel I live a normal life. In fact, I find dialysis a regimen in my life a part of my life right now. Do I make sense?


  1. FutureCat says:

    You do make sense. I have similar thoughts about my pancreas. Even though it’s failing me now, it did an amazing job for the first 49 years of my life, and now that I’m having to do myself what it used to do automatically, I truly appreciate what a complex and incredible organ it is!

    • ksmiley says:

      I agree with you. Thank you for sharing your comment with me. I know that my entries are similar every day regarding dialysis, but there is nothing different with this routine except the fact that they take so much fluid out of me every other day or after my dialysis weekend ends on Tuesday morning after Saturday afternoon to Tuesday morning.

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