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Old 09-06-2008, 12:30 AM   #3321
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I got peritonitis a few months after starting and I know I got it from the hospital. Every infection relating to the kidneys (except of course the start of the KF) I got from the hospital or clinic.

The one who thought I was a self-harmer was a PD nurse. And then they missed a huge odema on my chest - and I was seeing them every week at that stage!!

I saw a dermatologist once who refused to look at me or talk to me. He had a junior doctor in the room with him and would only address him. The junior had to speak to me! Such arrogance!
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:45 AM   #3322
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OMG, I'm getting worked up just reading ya'll's posts and remembering similar experiences. CJ and Penny, my daughter got peritonitis a couple of times. Once was chemical when they changed her dialysate concentration and twice were right after a hospital stay. The doc told me they were definitely from the hospital because they were gram negative. He used to tell us that the last place a dialysis patient should be is in the hospital! (Jokingly of course, because you can't really avoid it completely with a chronic disease.)

Hospital infections like what you got, Laurie, are so common it's frightening. My daughter got one having a shunt revision and almost lost her leg as a result. (Not that they do it on purpose, of course.)

And the dematologist who wouldn't speak to you, Penny, reminded me of a geneticist we saw with one of our kids. It was exactly the same deal. He had a teaching Fellow with him and he would speak to her and then she would turn to me and repeat it all. We were in the same room!!!! I was just stunned at first - I almost thought it was some kind of joke. Finally I asked him directly if he was under the impression that I was a non-English speaker. His face turned red but all he said was "Do you have any questions?" and walked out. It was bizarre!

Anyway, I'm so sorry to hear about the rough times my friends are having here and I'm thinking of all of you and visualizing perfect and abundant health for each of you.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:26 AM   #3323
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falling from grace.

would you believe i fell over a curb yesterday? came out of the mall and went down trying to step down from curb.

not much damage, just scraped my knees. they didn't even bleed. but boy!did i hurt today. asphalt is really hard.

so today i went to pharmacy and bought a cane. have been having problems with my knees for quite a while. not sure exactly what caused me to fall. but it did scare me.

guess i am venting my frustration of growing old.

bought a really pretty bright red cane might as well be sharp looking lol


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Old 09-06-2008, 07:37 AM   #3324
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:15 AM   #3325
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Thanks, ladies. I apologize that I was coming across like a whining child. I was just so sick (from throwing up, yeast infections and pain) and sick of being sick. But I had a much better sleep and some gravol and today is another day. I know this all will be behind me soon and am stronger because of my own faith and because of friends like you.

Oh, my IV nurse last night allowed me to just let it all out and wouldn't let me leave until I had a good cry and was feeling better. Thanks for the cookie idea Kades, I think I need to make a big batch for them!
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Old 09-06-2008, 09:18 AM   #3326
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would you believe i fell over a curb yesterday? came out of the mall and went down trying to step down from curb.

not much damage, just scraped my knees. they didn't even bleed. but boy!did i hurt today. asphalt is really hard.

so today i went to pharmacy and bought a cane. have been having problems with my knees for quite a while. not sure exactly what caused me to fall. but it did scare me.

guess i am venting my frustration of growing old.

bought a really pretty bright red cane might as well be sharp looking lol


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If we are lucky, we will all get old but have to accept the limitations that come with it. I relate to this exact feeling. Art Linkletter, who will is 95 years of age, always said 'old age is not for sissies'. So my curiousity is why does everybody show resentment when they see elderly people? We have to struggle to be as independent as we can. I can tell that this fall really scared you. Did you think about knee braces? It may help. Also taking some of the joint supplements may help too. Many people I talk to do have knee replacements. Getting to be quite common as well as hip replacements. babe, this may be just a warning to slow down. For some reason, there are times when I sort of stumble too. I don't know if I am not picking up my feet the way I should or what. One thing I know, is I have to keep moving regardless of what I look like. Don't go up the stairs as quickly as I'd like to.

Sorry I don't mean to make this a thread about age. But it is life, right? Good thing you aren't worried about using cane. You won't be sorry.
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would you believe i fell over a curb yesterday? came out of the mall and went down trying to step down from curb.

not much damage, just scraped my knees. they didn't even bleed. but boy!did i hurt today. asphalt is really hard.

so today i went to pharmacy and bought a cane. have been having problems with my knees for quite a while. not sure exactly what caused me to fall. but it did scare me.

guess i am venting my frustration of growing old.

bought a really pretty bright red cane might as well be sharp looking lol


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Babe, so sorry to here about your fall. Take it easy because even though your knees weren't scraped doesn't mean there isn't damage. I am so glad you bought a cane......and a nice colourful one! I have a black one and told DH that if I didn't get the surgery soon I was going to buy this one I saw with irridescent butterflies all over it. Looks like I won't need it now, but if I ever do again you can bet I will go in style as well.

Take good care my friend, I (and others here) worry about you....that's our job!!!!
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:44 AM   #3328
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would you believe i fell over a curb yesterday? came out of the mall and went down trying to step down from curb.

not much damage, just scraped my knees. they didn't even bleed. but boy!did i hurt today. asphalt is really hard.

so today i went to pharmacy and bought a cane. have been having problems with my knees for quite a while. not sure exactly what caused me to fall. but it did scare me.

guess i am venting my frustration of growing old.

bought a really pretty bright red cane might as well be sharp looking lol


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OH phooey, your not old..You had an accident..I think the red cane is wonderful.I love your sense of humor...I haven't fallen at the mall but let me tell you anything is possible now because having dialysis sometimes causes bone problems..So I have to be careful when I step down as my ankle or instep will feel as if i have a broken bone and it hurts like the dickens and almost makes me fall..So you step out with your new fancy cane and you will turn heads.
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Thanks, ladies. I apologize that I was coming across like a whining child. I was just so sick (from throwing up, yeast infections and pain) and sick of being sick. But I had a much better sleep and some gravol and today is another day. I know this all will be behind me soon and am stronger because of my own faith and because of friends like you.

Oh, my IV nurse last night allowed me to just let it all out and wouldn't let me leave until I had a good cry and was feeling better. Thanks for the cookie idea Kades, I think I need to make a big batch for them!
Hey, if anyone has the right to sound like a whining child it's you.........whine away.......you'll feel better........and cry all you want......my shoulder and others are always

available.......always..........hang in there, GF....this must be a situation that you're really tired of........I hear it in your voice..........you must really be a strong person..........I know so......
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:43 PM   #3330
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To my hubby it means sitting around doing nothing at all. To me , it means doing projects that need doing around and in the house , when he couldn't do it when he was working. It's not even luxury projects, it is repairing things that need repair, moving boxes out of rooms to the cellar, repainting bathroom ceiling which looks horrible with watermarks, replacing decks , pruning bushes and trees , replacing a door that is rotted away. If I could do the jobs I would do it myself. He is too cheap to call a handyman.
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