dry weight, that elusive, magical number

The elusive dry weight. That magical number that controls every treatment. Take off too much and you can experience the dreaded cramping.  Take off too little and you leave with that heavy feeling, or even worse. The bottom line is that the kidneys control the fluid in your body, and how your body gets rid of it. If they are not working properly, your  body is going to have a  fluid buildup somewhere. Continue reading

my fistula: good, bad, and the ugly, part II

One thing about dialysis, it is not for the faint of heart! You have to get used to the sight of blood very quickly. Another day I waited the usual 10 minutes after taking the needles off, and holding the sight to stop the bleeding, I stood up to gather my things. I heard the nurse up front yell” Sit down, Mrs. G, sit down! I looked down just in time to see  blood spewing from my arm like a volcano; all over me, my gear, my clothes, my feet, and the floor. That was the last time I wore a pink shirt and khaki pants to dialysis. Black is the new red, in my book!! Continue reading

my fistula: good, bad, and the ugly, part 1

Let’s talk about the fistula. Honestly, can anyone say they really knew what a fistula was before they got one? I for one, had not a clue. Which for me, I still say, was a good thing or I might never have signed the papers agreeing  to the surgery.

I thought I knew what a thrill was, even if it’s been many years since I’ve had one, but nothing prepared me for that constant buzzing, or “thrill”, that I now feel in my arm. Continue reading