Monday, April 29, 2013

I Have Decided...

I have had some weeks of stress and worry and indecision about what to do.
Today hubby and I had an appt in home dialysis at Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital to be educated about PD dialysis. Originally I told mom and thought to myself that I would choose to use the night time cycler because it seems to be the least intrusive choice for my life and the way in which I prefer to live it. My diabetic nurse suggested Hemo might be better and wanted me to get a prepared by getting a fistula and asking the doctor about this. I didn't want a fistula...still don't actually but, immediately freaked out about it and did have a convo with Dr. where he suggested I lose 10 pounds and have a PD catheter buried so it would be ready for use when I get closer to the time of failure and dialysis. So I said ok and did manage to lose the weight but then expressed that I wanted more information so I could be sure  was making the correct choice for me at my last clinic appt. So we made today's appt. and went to speak to Jodi and learn about manual PD, connections, and the night time cycler machine. I could also learn about Hemo as well but after today I don't believe it is necessary. I'm pretty sure I can handle this. I'm pretty sure eventually it will become just as much a part of life and second hat to me as taking my insulin or aranesp shots (which I freaked out about and hated in the beginning as well) and I will do as I have always done. I will HANDLE it!
So next clinic appt. in June I will request appt for buried catheter and get prepared for kidney failure.
HOPEFULLY it will still be a long way off yet! ;) But, I will be READY and I feel much better about it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I Don't Know

PD, Hemo, night cycler, in center, at home...
it will be lovely if I don't have to make the decision for a long time
because all of it stresses me quite a bit.
I just don't know which one is better and will work best for me.

Aranesp~04/18/2013

YES I did remember to take my shot!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tired

I don't feel well today and I'm very, very tired...both kidneys aching.
I hope that it's just a bad day and not an indication of things getting worse.
Going to visit mom & dad anyway today so I hope I perk up a wee bit!

Aranesp~04/04/2013

Another shot down.
Also working on a lower insulin and NO metformin...
but I think maybe I need to go back up on the insulin just a tad.