My grandfather started emergency dialysis two weeks ago when his numbers dropped unexpectedly low. Since he hadn't been scheduled to start before, he is getting it through a catheter in the chest.
A week ago, he had surgery to have a fistula made in the arm. Friday morning, a week after the surgery, his whole arm and hand started to get swollen. It is still swollen now and he says there is a dull constant pain. The arm is not overly red, the temperature between the two arms are the same and he has a strong pulse in his wrist so I don't think the blood flow has slowed down.
Did anyone else have such problems soon after getting the fistula? Anyone know if it is normal for the hand/arm to be swollen? Anything we are supposed to do besides elevation to help the swelling to subside?
Being as it is the weekend, his doctor is unreachable until Monday morning. Any advice would be appreciated.