BRIDIEK

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Dialysis not going so well

Monday, March 30, 2009



So far things aren't going so well. Today was the worst as the venous access blew. As youc an see from the picture my arm is really black and blue and hurts badly. Trying again tomorrow, but if it doesn't work tomorrow they are putting in a catheter which is high risk for infections to the heart.

Praying the transplants come sooner than later.
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  • BRIDIEK
    I had the catheter put in Friday and have been getting full treatments since. However, the catheter is not permanent. I have to see a vascular surgeon tomorrow and have them put in an artificial graft (acts like a vein) asap. The graft will be ready 2 weeks after it goes in and I will come off the catheter slowly.
    4071 days ago
  • MISSYLEEME
    Definately keeping you in our prayers.
    4074 days ago
  • BRIDIEK
    Janet they couldn't use the other arm because the fistula was in the right arm. But it collapsed today and they had to put the catheter into my neck and chest, laced through the juggular vein. I will have it in until the new vascular surgeon they are sending me to on Tuesday this week puts in an artificial graft into my left arm sometime within the next week or so and it's ready to use 2 weeks after that. I will be ok. Just pray they find me a donor sooner rather than later. Please.

    Thanks
    4074 days ago
  • ADAJLIM
    Oh, Bridget~
    Your arm sure does look sore! Will they try it on your other arm next time? I hope you don't have to have the catheter since it is a high risk for infections to your heart. I pray that you get your kidney transplant soon, as well as the pancreas transplant. I think more people should think about being donors when they renew their driver's license. I wish I could be a donor but I am not a good candidate with all the medications I take. You are so strong and brave to live each day the way you do! Keep up the good work and we are all praying for you!
    HUGS, Janet

    4074 days ago
  • BRIDIEK
    Yesterday was a good day...today though, not good at all. I have a call into the vascular access doc myself because they weren't able to get me going on the machine after clotting so many times. I also don't feel the vibrating pulse I use to in the upper area and that's not good. My arm is even more bruised now after today than it was Monday.
    4076 days ago
  • TERESAROSE
    Oh Hun, I'm so sorry you're going through all of this..

    I love you

    Teres
    4076 days ago
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    Oh my goodness Bridget! I will be hoping and praying for you. I am quite frankly appalled that your family hasn't asked more... HUGS!
    4077 days ago
  • BRIDIEK
    Sheila,
    I can find a donor on my own. I need an A or O blood type donor. If they live out of my state transportation and hospitalization etc can all be arranged from here, if they are a tissue match. You can live just fine with one kidney. That's all they are transplanting for me plus the pancreas. The pancreas however has to come from a deceased donor as you can't live without one. The person must also meet certain health requirements. Cannot have ever had a kidney infection nor have high blood pressure, stuff like that. I have paperwork to give to anyone wishing to be a donor or they can go to http://my.clevelandclinic.org/trans
    plant/services/kidney/Pages/liv
    ing_donor.aspx to find out what to do next after they make a decision to get tested.

    It would mean I would have to go through 2 separate surgeries for transplantation but I would go through anything at this point to save my life and not have to endure anymore of the dialysis.

    Thank you so much asking. Not even my own family has asked that much.
    4078 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2009 8:25:15 PM
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    Ouch Bridget! I'm not real knowledgable about kidney transplants... Can you get by with just one kidney or do you need two? Where are you on the list for a donor or transplants? I am SO worried about you! It makes me feel so helpless to know you need help and not know what to do to help... HUGS!
    4078 days ago
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