What life is like waiting for a kidney transplant…..
My life supported by a machine….for now it means going to a hospital, three times a week, for four hours at a time, watching my blood get getting cleaned by an artificial kidney machine. One part of me is so grateful and appreciative to have this treatment to keep me alive while I wait for my next kidney transplant. The other side of me feels like a robot. I have a tube inserted at the base of my neck for access to dialyse. I am forced to be in a hospital environment for 15 hours a week. Most of the time, I cope well but the times at the end of the four hours where I feel weary and can’t even drive myself home, then I feel sad. Frustration sets in as the reality is I will never know when or if I will receive a new kidney. Only then will I be able to go on a holiday, have a full time job, eat and drink what I like, or maybe even attempt to have a baby. My message is simple. Appreciate what you have, health is everything. Get informed about organ donation and pass your health on as there is someone like me that would love the chance to live like you.