"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~Randy Pausch

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dialysis Day 35

Issues Yesterday

When I got off yesterday and weighed myself I was WAY under weight. I was supposed to be 64.5 kilos and instead I was 63.2. They wouldn't let me leave. They said I "over-filtrated." I'm not sure what that means except they took off too much fluid. They had to give me some fluids through my catheter. It took another half an hour. Since I had problems breathing they decided to lower my dry weight back to 63.5 kilos. The 2 pounds that I gained last week are gone again.

More oxygen, please!

I had problems breathing again last night. I don't really understand why. I can breath fine if I'm sitting straight up. My muscles were really weak this morning when I woke up, too. Weird. When the nurse listened to my lungs this morning she said she heard some wheezing. They're going to call the doctor. Until they hear from the doctor it's more oxygen for me. The nurse is convinced that it's fluid related. I'm not really sure how extra fluid can effect your breathing...

Good Baby News

Today's nurse said we have a happy baby. She said she's having "nice accelerations." I had to ask what that meant. It means that her heart rate is speeding up when she moves and that is good! She told me that it's unusual to see that before 28 weeks. Good stuff!

Transplant Update

I called to get an appointment to talk to the transplant team at Christ. The doctor sent over the referral the other day, so they were expecting my call. Since I'm hard to schedule with all of this dialysis it's going to be a while before they can get me in. Our appointment is scheduled for July 26th. It's a three and a half hour appointment! First we talk about the process of getting everyone tested and ask all of our questions about the surgery, etc. Then we talk to the social worker (great) about insurance. I'm supposed to come with a list of questions. I'm really bad about thinking of questions, so it's a good thing Jason will be coming with me. If you have questions, send them my way. We'll surely have enough time to ask a boat-load of them!


  1. Too much fluid can affect your breathing. It's called "pulmonary edema". Basically, the extra fluid has to go somewhere- it can end up in your tissues, usually in dependent areas like your feet and lower legs, or the extra fluid can stay around in your lungs, if it gets really backed up. Just think of the extra fluid as I-75 by Paddock- there are more cars than there is highway, and the extra cars end up on the "on" and "off" ramps or the streets nearby.

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