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  •  thanks for the graphic pix (5+ / 0-)

    when we were trying to decide between hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis for my mom the pictures they showed us were nothing like this.

    bless you, Kitsap River.  I hope you get a living kidney donor soon!

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
    President Obama. Still a thrill to see that in print.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:49:12 AM PDT

    •  I know (2+ / 0-)

      Trying to find pictures of PD prior to deciding on a dialysis method was darned near impossible. I finally found a couple of pictures: one of somebody's abdomen with and without fluid, and the other on the sales website for a PD catheter belt, actually the one I eventually went with. But I never saw a picture of someone holding out the full length of their catheter the way I held mine out for these pictures. That's what you're signing on for when you choose PD.

      On the other hand, you don't have the fluid restrictions most of the time, you don't have the dietary restrictions to the degree that in-center patient do (and you're supposed to eat high-potassium foods on PD), you don't have your schedule set for you by a clinic, and you don't stick needles in yourself except to inject Aranesp twice a month. And any infections are your responsibility, as is guarding against them, but you're also not at risk of someone else's bad technique like you are in a clinic.

      Want to be a living kidney donor? I need one from someone with a bloodtype of B or O. Drop a note at

      by Kitsap River on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 05:40:06 PM PDT

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