Immigration & Dialysis

Posted on December 7, 2016

Fun times! Who wouldn’t just love to go through more immigration stuff while being on dialysis?

But really – We just filed to remove conditions on Barry’s green card. He was granted a conditional two year green card after we were married. Now we have to show proof that we are a legitimate couple. This is going to be another long process, meaning it could take up to a year to hear back from the government. So, fingers crossed!

On the dialysis side of things, the hemodialysis going quite well. He’s got the Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday schedule and with the exception of him having to wake up extremely early, things are good. Hopefully, next week they will start the training for the peritoneal and we will transition to doing it at home before Christmas. Also, once we get settled with that, we will start the paperwork for getting on the transplant list.

Happy December!

Friday update

Posted on November 25, 2016

B had the procedure for the PD catheter this morning. Everything went swimmingly.

While he was still numb/knocked out from the anesthesia, they also removed the emergency port they put in and replaced it with a longer lasting one. He’ll be using this one for the hemodialysis he’ll get while the catheter is healing.

Speaking of which, the hemodialysis schedule will be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6:30am. I have a feeling he will be a cranky guy on those days as that’s a bit early for him.

That said, it looks like he will be released sometime tomorrow if all goes well. He is going to get one last round of dialysis here tomorrow and if everything looks ok, we can go home.

Now, for his family members who may be wondering about how he did with the anesthesia, they are treating him as though he has malignant hyperthermia. He has not been tested for it, but the hospital and his doctors are all aware there is a family history.

All in all, everything is looking up!

Our next big task when he gets home will be to start getting the paperwork together for immigration. That’s right, it’s time for us to venture back into that and “remove conditions” on his green card. Fun times!


Posted on November 23, 2016

On the list for today is getting a unit of blood and a round of hemodialysis.

His red blood count is a tad low. The main goal will be to try to boost it up so that he can actually have the procedure done Friday.

Other than that, all his labs are in a decent range for him.

He is going to be doing hemodialysis for the foreseeable future. As of right now, we don’t know what the schedule will be. The doc is trying to work all of that out.

Right now, he’s still in ICU. There’s a possibility he may get moved to a regular room late today. It just depends on how things go.