Chapter One: Diagnosis
Chapter Two: Donor?
Chapter Three: Dialysis
Chapter Four: Transplant
Chapter Five: Recovery
From My Lens
 Chapter Three: Dialysis

Photo by Buzz Orr

I weigh myself at the beginning and end of each treatment to see how much water should be removed from my blood. As an example, my dry weight is 60.5 kg. If I come to dialysis weighing 61.5 kg, the machine is programmed to remove that kilogram of water my kidneys didn't.

Patients with zero kidney function often have between two and four kilograms of fluid removed from their blood each session, which can cause cramping. These patients have to limit their fluid intake by measuring what they eat and drink between treatments.

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