It’s currently 1am and I can’t sleep. It’s the morning of my surgery. In exactly 7 hours, my dad will be going into theatre and two hours later, so will I. In approximately 13 hours, I will (hopefully) have a new functioning kidney. I know a lot of you have been waiting for me to… Continue reading The day before surgery
As some of you may know, I will be going for my kidney transplant shortly. There are many factors when it comes to organ transplant. The recipient and the donor should both be quite healthy. I will write a separate post on the donors workup but for now, we will talk about the different tests… Continue reading Kidney Transplant Workup – Recipient
Since starting hemodialysis I have had to deal with incredibly dry skin. My skin literally flakes off because it is so dry and it actually hurts. Kidney failure can affect your sweat and oil glands, impacting your skin. You are also limited to the amount of water you can drink so your skin is dehydrated.… Continue reading How to deal with dry skin on hemodialysis
I get this a lot. If I speak to anyone else that has kidney failure, they tell me too that people are always amazed that they’re sick. Currently the only thing that indicates that I am sick is the plaster on my neck. However this does not even begin to cover the severity of my… Continue reading But you don’t look sick
Throughout this journey I have always considered myself lucky. I have a disease that has a treatment plan and I have incredible doctors. I have always had a fear since I was little about losing a limb or losing one of my senses. I am always grateful that my disease is manageable. I cannot imagine… Continue reading Eyesight deterioration
I get asked a lot of random and sometimes silly questions about my illness. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask! What caused your kidneys to fail? I have no idea. The doctors ran 13 different tests on me and they still have no idea what caused them to fail. How… Continue reading Frequently asked questions
If you had asked me a a while back if I had any idea I would end up with gout, I would have laughed at you. In my mind, either really obese or really old people had gout. Ignorant, I know, but that has been my exposure to gout. A while back I went for… Continue reading I have gout!