Monday, September 15, 2014

Fun times at the VA hemodialysis unit

I'm in the final stage of my renal shutdown and as such I'm undergoing dialysis 3 days a week for 3 hours a day. It starts out with needles in the artery in my left arm.

The blood is drawn out and sent through a filtration device that pulls out all of the impurities usually removed by my kidneys. 

When the process is over there is considerable pressure needed to stop the bleeding after those large gauge needles are removed. 

Six hours after needle removal this is what my arm looks like

20 hours later this is my arm. The bleeding is done but the bruising remains. 


Renee said...

I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through. Sending you a big hug!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I am so very sorry that you have to go through this terrible process.
You are always in my daily prayers for your recovery.
Sending you hugs

NanaDiana said...

I missed this post, Kurt. How are you? I think about you and pray for you. Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and I just wanted to tell you Thank You!!!! God bless you- Diana