I have End Stage Kidney Disease and I am Home Hemo Dialysis Patient, Ask Me Anything!
This is my second Kidney Disease AMA, the first one was much more well received then I expected, and I found was a good starting point for information for people new to the world of Kidney Disease. Here is a link to the first AMA https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/36zcm7/i_have_end_stage_kidney_disease_i_do_home_hemo/
Firstly I am not a medical professional but I can provide insight in the process of Dialysis and the day to day struggle of Kidney Disease. Feel free to ask me anything, and I hope to be of some insight to people unsure of what lies ahead when hearing they Kidney Disease.
Here is my proof: http://imgur.com/3aXtt2j
A short bio of myself: I was born with something called Spino Bifta Oculta, basically this meant that the message would not get to my brain that my bladder was full, by age 5 I was having repeated UTIs that my family doctor was ignoring. At this point my ureters burst and all the pee in my bladder went backwards up into my kidneys and severly damaged them. At age 5 I had about 50% kidney function, this lasted until around age 20 when my function fell to almost nothing. Luckily my brother offered to give me a kidney, the kidney he gave me lasted 7 years, and here I am today on home hemo dialysis. I have also been on peritoneal dialysis and hospital hemo, so I have some expierence with them. Please feel free to ask me anything, even if it was asked before.
Here are some links for kidney foundations Canada: http://www.kidney.ca/ USA: https://www.kidney.org/ International: http://www.ifkf.org/