Dialysis Continues


So every time I post how well things are going they turn around. Last post I mentioned how well my treatments are going and then that day I couldn’t hit my venus vein and had to abort the treatment.  I don’t think it was simply because of my prior post so I will continue these updates on how treatments are going.  So this past week treatments have been happening with no major problems.  Meg and I both continue are efforts to lose weight.  I think I have about 15 pounds to go before they will consider a transplant.  Meg has scheduled her next visit with the transplant center and we will hopefully meet the surgeon that day.  She is trying to get most of the pre-testing done prior to school starting in the end of August.  For my part I just am getting tired of doing the treatments and look forward to the day when I can pee again!

I had my annual physical last week with my primary care doctor last week.  It went very well for the most part but at the beginning the nurse was doing the usual height, weight, ekg etc… and she asked why I had the band aids on my arm – what happened to you?  I explained I was on dialysis and they are the button holes that the needles run thru.  Then she asked me for urine sample.  After I recovered from laughing I very patiently explained that there are some side effects to Kidney Disease that make that impossible.  I also had my monthly appointment with the nephrologist last week.  I thought that my blood results would not be as good as I hoped.  My July blood work was done on a day after I had an off day  from treatment plus it was the end of the 4th of July long weekend where we did a couple of big cookouts and some serious eating.  But the results continue to show improvement in the success of the dialysis and my weight is still going down.

Had a nice time this weekend.  It was my high school 35th reunion.  We had just a small gathering at the clam bake area at Greenwich Point.  We went a little early to walk the point and go by the beach.  The morning looked very overcast but when we left for the beach it cleared, the sun came out and it was a great afternoon at the beach.  I used to practically live at the beach in the summer growing up so it was nice to visit again.  I had to leave early but it was nice to see some people who I hadn’t seen since graduation.  This coming weekend we are off to Providence overnight to see Kate and to visit a couple of locations she is thinking of for the wedding reception.  It is also a Water Fire weekend in Providence so we hope to attend – sounds like a unique evening  – visit http://www.waterfire.org for more info.


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