Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Know your options

Friday night, at my daughter's Christmas concert, I meet someone and we started discussing my husband's dialysis.  This man had a friend who was going in for surgery that Monday so he could do Hemo-dialysis.  We talked for quite a while about peritoneal and how I felt it was a great option.

During our conversation I found out that his friend wasn't even offered peritoneal as an option.  Talking to our dialysis nurse in the past, she has said that many places don't offer or encourage it, I find this very disappointing.

For those just starting to deal with kidney failure, make sure you know your options.  If your hospital doesn't offer peritoneal, find one that does and keep the door open to this option.  Ask if they offer a class on the different options.  Our hospital required that we take a class before Hubby made a final decision.  There are big differences in Peritoneal and Hemo- Dialysis, make sure you know them all and make the best decision for yourself.

I'm not a doctor or a nurse, these are just my thoughts as the wife of a kidney failure patient.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Dr Murray

 Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died at age 93.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nobel-prize-winner-behind-successful-kidney-transplant-dies-93-article-1.1208535#ixzz2E2pJGks1