Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm Making progress

Today was the 3rd day in a row that I was able to get the needle right in the vein. Also I was able to remove my needle at the end of treatment with only a minimum of blood spurtish. My days have become getting up around 7am and driving to the hospital. Sticking myself with a huge needle and then doing a hard 4-5 hours of dialysis. My body is not used to this. Right after getting off I don't feel so bad, but within a few hours I'm just completely beat. Because of this it's been difficult to write updates here. The lack of sleep and being drained as turned my mind to mush.

I get home and all I want to do is lay in front of my TV and watch my stories. It's even difficult to pick up my PS3 controller to play some Fallout: New Vegas. I need to watch my fluid intake because I'm doing less dialysis then I was when doing it at home. I mostly drink tea through out the day and stay away from other fluids. I figure tea being a diarrhetic it may come out in different ways keeping my fluidic weight down. I really have no idea how I did this before when I went to the hospital 3 days a week and then went to work. I just generally feel tired almost 100% of the time.

The nurses at the unit seem to think that I'm doing really good and making great progress. At first I was starting to get a little annoyed with myself that for the first week sticking the needle in I couldn't hit my vein. I guess I was just being too hard on myself because everybody else thinks I'm doing really well. The first day I got my needle in I ran into one of the dialysis nurses from over where the in hospital patients go and she had heard about me being able to do it. I guess my nurses were bragging earlier in the day while I was hooked up to the other units nurses.


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