Dialysis wiped me out today. I felt fatigue on the levels I felt pre-dialysis. So I think I can now answer more definitely the question that many have asked me, “Do you feel better since you started dialysis?” NO, I don’t. Dialysis still only mimics 15% kidney function, and being subject to eight hours of blood cleaning can have some side effects.
Now, I can’t really afford to miss a day or two from work every week. It would be nice if I could discuss all of this with my doctor, but I have a feeling I’d just be told to wait until the doctor does his rounds, and one never knows when that’s going to be. Anyway, I don’t mean to write about this. I’m just saying that dialysis sucks, and I don’t expect that to change. Honestly, I don’t have ANY patience for anyone who tries to tell me why dialysis doesn’t have to suck.
I can think of two ways to minimize how much dialysis sucks.
1. Having a meaningful existence the other 141 hours of the week not spent at dialysis.
2. Getting a kidney transplant.