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#1 posted 02-13-2013 06:33 PM

Hi Joe. Sorry to hear about your wife. I do dialysis too. I don’t have a fiscula, I was on temporary short term hemodialysis and didn’t like the way it made me feel washedout all the time. I do peritoneal dialysis now, no needles, no blood, and feel so much better. It is done at night when I sleep at home. Took a little bit to get use to it but I barely notice it now. It is done every night, which is easier on my system.

I did have a transplant for about 10 years. Remember a transplant is not a cure, just a long term treatment, unless it is from an identical twin. Worst thing about transplant is all the drugs you have to take to trick your body into not rejecting it. And then there are the drugs that you take to deal with side effect of the immunosuppressant drugs. With all that, it can be be a better life for most.

If she is interested in personal dialysis, the doctors can do an embedded or buried catheter. That way when she needed dialysis a year from now, no additional major surgery is needed. Something to think about.

-- Wisconsin Wildcat

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