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Fistula Number Two by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm I told everyone that I was having fistula surgery this week, so I figured it was about time to share an update. On Monday, April 3, I had surgery done on my upper left arm (above the elbow) to put in a new AV fistula. The old fistula (which was done on my left wrist) had stopped working, and they could no longer use it for dialysis. So, the do ... Read on »
Kamal on dialysis - my dialysis video by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 19 Jan 2009 1:17am I had my brother take a video of me starting dialysis myself one night. A lot of editing - removing the inconsequential parts (and a couple of bloomers which I did not want anyone to see!) and I have three parts of the video. I finally shortened about 39 minutes of footage to less than 19 minutes. The first part covers the preparation of bicar ... Read on »
AKI requiring dialysis in the hospital: Does this mean I'm on dialysis for good? by Matt S. Posted Tue 23 Aug 2011 1:44pm As nephrology fellows we see a lot of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) on the inpatient consultative service. When AKI in the hospital requires dialysis people and their families naturally want to know whether this means long term dialysis will be required. The answer, as with many things in medicine, is it depends. AKI has a wide variety of ... Read on »
Safety Hazard Hell by EthidiumBromide Medical Student Posted Thu 09 Apr 2009 7:16pm In this morning’s edition of “My Life in the Laboratory is a Total Shitshow”, I have been chased out my side of our laboratory because a malfunctioning transfer box sparked, ignited, caught on fire, and melted the plastic transfer tank to the stir plate in the cold box. This was realized after smoke started seeping out the bottom vents of our “b ... Read on »
Chicago Diary by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 02 Aug 2013 3:30am Rich Berkowitz & Giordano's I took the British Airways flight from Hyderabad to Chicago via London on the 23rd. I reached Chicago on the 23rd evening local time. Rich Berkowitz, an old friend from the internet - I have exchanged dozens of emails and had many Skype calls with him - picked me up from the airport and showed me around the city. ... Read on »
Pune Diary by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 07 Nov 2013 8:42pm I have been a couple of times to Pune in the past. Both times it was en route to the hill town of Mahabaleshwar. Once it was on a holiday with family and the other time it was for cousin Pooja's wedding. The wedding was in the last week of December and I remember the nights in Mahabaleshwar were biting cold! This time however I was actually ... Read on »
Moving from a jugular to a fistula: mixed feelings by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 06 Nov 2011 9:06pm When I was put on dialysis way back in 1997, I was given an AV Shunt. It was a small surgery, done in an Operation Theater. Dialysis was totally painless. The arterial and venous lines were connected to the two ends of the shunt and dialysis would be done. Shunts are outdated these days with the preferred mode of a temporary access for dialy ... Read on »
No stranger bond - 9 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 17 Sep 2012 9:00pm (This is the ninth part of a short story No stranger bond. You can find the full story  here .) "Please take some more", said Shuja as he passed the biryani to Sharada, "all the vegetables are leached!" The Subramanyams had come to Shuja Mohammad's house for dinner. "Oh, we dialysis patients! Imagine having leached vegetables in a biryani", ... Read on »
Chennai Diary by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 14 Apr 2013 8:29am Mistaken Identity As I landed at Chennai Airport, I quickly queued up at the Pre-paid taxi counter and booked myself on a cab to my destination. I took the receipt and headed out of the airport. When I got into the cab, I found the driver unusually polite. People who are not from Chennai have some really bad tales to tell about Chennai cab a ... Read on »
Is 2016 going be my year of liberation? by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 14 Oct 2013 9:20pm I was thrilled to read recently about a collaboration between a medical devices company in the US, Medtronic and Indian healthcare giant Apollo Hospitals to "bring an affordable and portable hemodialysis system to India." I have never seen the words "affordable", "portable", "hemodialysis" and "India" in the same sentence before. Naturally, I w ... Read on »