Posts tagged “dialysis

PD Training – round 1

Posted on December 15, 2016

This week we’ve been training how to do the dialysis manually and we’ve passed! B will start doing it at home starting tonight. Next week, we will start the training on the machine. In the mean time, our house is starting to look like a hospital room. We’ve got an IV pole, gause, tape, masks, and tomorrow we get a shipment of more medical supplies! All in all, it’s going quite well. It’s just going to take some time for us to get used to our new normal.

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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…

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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.

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Six Percent

Posted on November 9, 2016

We had another doctor’s appointment today. Turns out B’s kidneys are declining faster than we expected. He went from 10% at the beginning of October to 6% today. Because of this, dialysis is neigh. After looking at the pros and cons of they types of dialysis, B decided on peritoneal dialysis. It’s one that he’ll do nightly. We’ll have a machine set up and it’ll work while he sleeps. While it will be a daily thing, it’ll be the one that least impacts his life, mainly meaning that he can continue to work. He has a surgical consultation on Monday to get the process started. First he’ll need to get a catheter in is stomach. He’ll wait 2 weeks to heal before the dialysis…

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