Yesterday was the first time on this forum. I must say that I am very happy that I found this site. The information that I received was very informative. I appreciate everyone’s support.
My situation is that my mother was told last month that she should begin dialysis. We are trying to delay this as long as possible. Her creatinine is 5.7 and her GFR is 7.1. We are getting a blood test every week to monitor her condition. She is physically well except for her itchiness and lack of appetite. We are closely watching for any new symptoms. We are not sure how long we could delay dialysis.
My mother will be 90 years old next month. She is scared at the prospect of dialysis. She is a complainer and could not endure pain. We want to encourage her by telling her that she will feel better but we are not sure if this is true. We read that the catheter maybe painful, she may feel bloated, she may get infections, and she may not even feel better. We also read that she is at high risk due to her age and she is diabetic. Additionally, we read that she has a 50:50 chance of living for a year. We are not sure she should endure this pain if it would not help her.
We have so many difficult decisions and concerns.
- Should we do dialysis
- When to begin dialysis
- Hemo vs peritoneal
- CAPD vs APD
- What to do if something goes wrong during PD
We would appreciate any insights and advice. Please describe your experiences. Thanks.