Dialysis Update

Since I’ve been such a Bad News Bear, I thought I’d pass along some good news. I’ve felt better the last two days then I have all year – more energy & more brain power. We can only attribute this to re-starting manual dialysis the last few days. It feels SO good to feel good.

We did one more test of the automated overnight dialysis machine and there was still too much pain. So today I was approved for a much better and gentler – plus more expensive – machine. We’ll have a couple of days of training on it, but hoping to be on it by the end of next week. There’s a history of success with other patients with pain as bad as mine.

So for now we’re doing the manual dialysis – 3 times a day, an hour each time. It takes a lot of time and it’s more uncomfortable, since it leaves the fluid in my belly throughout the day, but it sure is making me feel better, as it cleans out the toxins and excess water my failed kidneys can no longer filter.

Stacy and I thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, the wonderful cards I’ve received, and the amazing support of our church, Community Covenant Church. Sure could not do this without our village.


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