Transplant Athlete
Saturday, November 22, 2008

I desperately want this catheter out of my chest, but the Doc says my fistula has to be able to support the larger 16 ga. needles for 2 weeks before we can talk about that. On Tuesday, I started with the 16 ga. needles and there were no problems. Thursday, I went through the whole treatment with 16 ga. When the machine started beeping to tell me that the treatment was over, I tried to get the recliner to an upright position and I felt like there were mini explosions going off in my arm. My vein ballooned up and I was in incredible pain.

I wanted the needles out right then and there, but they need to return the blood that's inside the machine. They take the Arterial tube from my arm and connect it to a bag of saline. The saline pushes the blood through the pump, filter, and back into the venous line into my arm. Since my venous line was now blocked, they had to switch the tubes, they disconnected the venous and attached it to the Saline. The fluid then returned to my body through the Arterial line.

That'll teach me...


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I have a question.

Why would you not prefer the catheter to the shunt in your arm. With the shunt you have to pierce the skin for each treatment. With he catheter you just hook up and go. I know there is a potential for problems wiht a catheter but your BLOG seamed to indicate it was really bugging you even without any problems.

I'm working in the field, developing new dialysis equipment and wanted to understand your thoughts on catheters.

lou good to hear your still fightin just like a raamer get that portable machine and get back out there crew chief john v
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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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