Saturday, February 1, 2014
What's your hemodialysis age?
On January 29, 2013, I had my first hemodialysis with an IJ access. I have surpassed one year last January 29 and I'm one year old already. Yes one year old because I feel that hemodialysis gave me a second chance at life. Happy 1 year anniversary to me! Cheers! And belated Happy Chinese New Year too!
So many things have happened during that one year span. There were ups and there were downs. But mostly, it was ups for me.
Recently, I had a scare. I experienced hypotension. My systolic bp plunged to 80 from 110 during dialysis in less than an hour. I experienced cold sweat and almost passed out. Not a pleasant feeling I tell you. We thought my weight gain was 4 kg based on my previous dry weight. Apparently, my actual dry weight may be higher and therefore the 4 kg weight gain may not be accurate. My hemodialysis was stopped until I was able to recover. Good thing, my BP was back to normal within an hour. You'll never really know what will happen the next minute of your life. So we have to make every moment count.
That scare won't deter me though to savor a new year for me. I look forward to this new opportunity to make an impact to others despite my condition.
So how about you, what's your age in terms of your hemodialysis? How "old" are you? I would like to know what's your secret for longevity in hemodialysis? I believe positivity plays a role as well as support of family and friends. Do you agree?