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Aug 15 2013

Rehab Update: Please, Spiral in Another Direction!

Kat is still on a downward spiral this week and I am starting to get worried again! First, I was told on Monday from the physical theripist that Kat has been very inconsistent in the last few weeks prompting the therpist to change Kat’s goal from walking to moving from one surface to another (from a bed to a wheelchair then to a sofa). As usual I attempted to understand the mystery of why Kat is being inconsistent. Could it be that Kat is just being stubborn? She so hates being pushed, preferring her own speed of action. Was she expecting the pampering that she had when she was in the hospital? Maybe? or Is it the fact that she hates the food at the rehabiliation center and refused to eat? I think partially it is all these but I noticed she is much more cooperative when she gets a good meal. Anyway, Tuesday was not much better, I got a call from the dialysis clinic that Kat’s kidney access (the point on which tubes filled with blood flows in and out of the body to a machine or in other words the horrible hemodialysis procedure!) was clogged up (for the third time since being in rehab). So, Kat had to go to the hospital to remove the junk in her pipes so to speak. Kat also had a higher than normal blood pressure and potassium levels (which is ok for PD patients but very dangerous for those using the dreaded hemodialysis). She was miserable and did not eat at all that day. Today, she went back to the dialysis clinic to complete her treatment but stayed at the clinic for about 5 hours (most hemodialysis treatments are on the average of 3-4 hours for three times a week). This concerns me and now I suspect that this type of dialysis is not only the cause of Kat’s dips in health and eating but also her inconsisent therepy and recovery. I made an appointment to discuss this with Kat’s kidney doctor next week. Maybe he can find a better solution (hint: get Kat back on peritoneal dialysis!) and prevent any further downward spiral. I surely would like to see my wife home sitting comfortably with her cat soon!

About the author

Richard Klein

Founding Member of Prismhawk LLC an online publish company dedicated to sharing learning experiences in language arts, nature, and care giving. Richard lives with his wife Kat. He has worked for over 20 years in customer and technical services. Richard has BA's in English Education and Literature, he also minored in Biological Science. His favorite videos are It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Avatar. He is also a huge Doctor Who and Star Trek fan.

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