After that middle-aged gentleman landed in an ambulance that evening, everyone wondered about his fate, about whether he will pull through and continue living while on dialysis treatments like the rest of us. He was in hospital from that evening till now............until, Tuesday night, when he answered God's summons.
That's right, he has left us. But then we (the rest of the dialysis patients in the center) kind of expected this because he was feeling poorly for the last few weeks he was undergoing treatment. In addition to that, his arm access has collapsed, that means he can't dialyse through neither of his arms anymore. His temporary neck access also got clogged up till his face was bloated.
Because of all that, he was dialysing through his thigh, which isn't very hygenic, especially for a man as it's near the organ where men urinate...... Needless to say, he was one unhappy man!
Like I said, we expected news of his death anytime, and the fact that he has hung on to life all this while is already some sort of a miracle, given his health complications. But he is not the only one to leave us...... An elderly lady who is a paragon of fluid control, and was seemingly healthy left us on Monday evening. Just about a day before this man.
This lady's death was totally unexpected. Like I said, she's one of the better patients, someone who really watches her fluid intake (even I have trouble with that!), she usually extracts at most 1.8kgs, which is very good for a dialysis patient. I usually extract more that 3kgs! (I'm so ashamed, compared to this Aunty!).
In addition, this old lady doesn't have any heart problem or any other problem, though she's above 80! Sure, she needs to be pushed in a wheel chair because she can't walk now and can stand only a short while but hey, she's above 80! Her death was a big shock to us all!
Another old lady's arm access has also failed, so she has to go through Peritoneal Dialysis. A nasty form of dialysis, where you need a catheter inserted surgically into your stomach and you pump 2 litres of fluid every 6 hours for everyday of your life. Some patients prefer that but for me, no, thank you, I'd rather stick to Hemodialysis!
So, in short 3 people have left us, 2 to go to Heaven & 1 to home treatment on Peritoneal Dialysis. I hope I never leave this friendly center until it's time for me to meet my Maker.......