Stayin’ alive

A kidney dialysis/transplant diary

Here we go again

If it’s a dialysis day, there must be a winter storm watch in effect.

And there is. It starts in about 8 minutes and we can expect 6 to 12+ inches of snow in the next 27 hours. Thundersnow, too, and at times as heavy as 3 inches per hour.

Seems like it snows — and pretty heavily, too — every other day this winter and those every other days coincide with my dialysis treatments. Whine, whine, whine. But it is getting tiresome.

Nothing like feeling drained, literally, and dragged out and finding you’ve 4 or more inches of snow to clean off the car before you can even crawl in and start it.

Why is it I live inIowa???

The infiltration of the needle site is still evident, though not as bad as it was.  I called the dialysis unit yesterday and Kathy suggested I use hot and cold packs on the lump.  I didn’t get the cold packs done, but I did wrap my bicep in an arthritis heat wrap and left it on for 8+ hours.  It seems to have helped the reabsorption.  I wonder if they’ll even try to use it this treatment.

Oh, and the bruise? It’s about the size and shape of a small barlett pear with the needle access directly in the middle of the bottom bulb.

The swelling continues behind my knees, too. I’m trying to cut back on the sodium intake (though I usually do anyway, I’m being even more cognizant of potential hidden sodium) and trying to limit my fluid intake to less than 40 oz. a day.  I’ve done a pretty good job of that, but the way the swelling behind my knees hangs on, it makes me wonder what the end result is going to be.  I’m going to mention it again, I’m not sure if wrapping it would be advisable. Not sure I want to push it up into the thigh.

Maybe I should take a few days off so I can get my feet up for a consistent time.

Just confirmed an early shift of the treatment.  I may still have to battle snow on the way home, but I’d rather battle 6 inches than 9 or more.


February 5, 2008 - Posted by | diabetes, dialysis, fistula, health, kidney, renal diet, renal recipes, transplant, weight loss


  1. You have my sympathies re: the snow. After dialysis that would be about the last thing I’d want to deal with. Getting that fluid off can be a long/slow process. I know it’s not what you’d like to do but a forth treatment instead of a weekend can help a lot. Stay warm. Someday spring will be here.

    Comment by Billp | February 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks, Bill. I think that fourth treatment might be a good thing for awhile. Can’t seem to snag a doctor — drive by or otherwise — to ask about it. I’ve also been off my coumadin for over a week now and it’s driving the machine crazy. Worries me a bit, too, though I’ve never had problems with clotting other than the dialysis machine. The dialyzer unit? Well, it’s beyond “streaked” at the end of a session.

    Comment by iowakitkat | February 6, 2008 | Reply

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