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PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant

Started this discussion. Last reply by pdboy May 6, 2017. 11 Replies

Good Day All3 years and 4 months of dialysis may finally be at an end. Received a kidney transplant on March 24, 2017 from cadaver.  Now healing and waiting for kidney to take over. Many thanks to…Continue

Caregiver? No that's my wife/husband.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Flower Feb 5, 2016. 3 Replies

Good Day Thanks to wildmojo and others for making me aware that my wife is my caregiver and I need to consider what she has given up. After 40+ years of marriage, we are like an old pair of well worn…Continue

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Feb 28
pdboy replied to Jeff Cranston's discussion Fistula Concern
"Good Day  Hard to relate as my experience with fistula was that nurse would use ultrasound or what ever to check fistula for straight sections to use. i had limited exposure as doing PD at home. Hopefully they can explain to you why…"
Feb 16
pdboy replied to Leah Shimek's discussion Newbie needing some advice
"Good Day Leah Many years ago I was informed of a kink in ureter of left kidney. Had a stent inserted but no improvement. Told that kidney not functioning and I could live with a single kidney.  Eventually my diabetes and high blood pressure…"
Feb 16
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Feb 16
pdboy commented on The Kidney Foundation of Canada's group Transplant Recipients
"Congratulations Kim   Please pass along our thanks and best wishes to your sister. I am in my 9th month following transplant. Creatnine came down to 200+ range. I am feeling well. Platelets have dropped for some reason. Going to…"
Dec 10, 2017
pdboy replied to Murray S.'s discussion Losing weight
"Good Day Murray Please to remember we are all unique and  will experience issues during our journey with kidney disease.  I found my kidney support clinic to be a boon. I was able to review changes that were concerning me.  You are…"
Sep 25, 2017
pdboy replied to Kim Edwards's discussion Transplant soon!
"Congratulations Kim My advice to you and your sister is stay positive and keep your diet on track and maintain  positive blood work.  I am in my 5th month following my transplant from accident victim. Amazed at how much better I felt after…"
Aug 8, 2017
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Aug 3, 2017
pdboy replied to Ryan's discussion Trouble sleeping and dealing with Anxiety
"Good Day Ryan I had problems with blood pressure drops causing light headedness. Rooms would spin. Interesting that I was told to lose weight but for low blood pressure I was told to gain weight. Water retention and potassium levels contributed to…"
Aug 3, 2017
pdboy commented on Sarah's blog post Looking for mutual circumstances
"Good Day Sarah Bless you and your daughter.  I can only contribute some basics. Even following my transplant, I still need to be aware of Potassium, Phosphorus and Sodium in my diet. As your doctor to connect you with a dietitian to help you…"
May 6, 2017
pdboy replied to pdboy's discussion PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant
"Good Day Natalie Thank you. I am doing well. My kidney is working now.  I still tire walking but that will improve. It seems that other functions in my body are adjusting to the kidney and functioning better. Bowels working better. Using less…"
May 6, 2017
Natalie Richard replied to pdboy's discussion PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant
"Congratulations, PDboy! How are you ding with your new kidney? Wishing you all the best! :) "
May 5, 2017
Sharri Stull Anderson replied to pdboy's discussion PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant
"Awesome news.  I get the whole blood sugar thing Was diabetic prior to transplant so numbers were worse after.  Hang in there. So happy things are coming along.  One day at a time!!"
May 2, 2017
pdboy replied to pdboy's discussion PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant
"Thank you pineiroc Thank you. Improving daily.  Adapting to lifestyle changes of taking medications and feeling great. smiles, hugs and laughs PDboy"
May 2, 2017
pdboy replied to pdboy's discussion PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant
"Good Day Sharri Thank you and the kidney has awakened and is almost fully functional. Creatnine has dropped from 600+ to 261. Hoping for more. Fluid control still being addressed as are my blood sugars (erratic following transplant). Cannot say…"
May 2, 2017
Sharri Stull Anderson replied to pdboy's discussion PDboy went to see St. Joe's Renal Transplant wizards to receive kidney transplant
"Congratulations and hope your kidney has woken up and is kicking butt  They are awesome at St Joes  2 years post transplant and feeling wonderful thanks to those guys "
May 2, 2017

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OK Lets try PD Cycler, PD Twin Bag and Hemodialysis for my treatment

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 18:31 0 Comments

I am in my third year of dialysis and hope to be added to the transplant list shortly. Luckily my transition to dialysis occurred when I reached retirement age. Problems with drainage and catheter placement delayed my starting with home Peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis three times a week for first year and change. Kept trying for the home Peritoneal. Finally on third attempt I was able to start home Peritoneal using the twin bag system. 4 exchanges a day. Seven days a week. 30 to 45 minutes…


Laughter is best medicine ....Any suggestions for laughs?

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 10:56 1 Comment

Good Day All

While laughing at antics of my cat chasing a piece of tissue paper, i noticed how good I felt.  I went to www.gocomics.com and checked out couple of comic strips I liked and again got some laughs. Made me remember the laughing fit watching "The Hallelujah Trail" movie that made me fall of my seat. I couldn't stop laughing? 

My comics that I check now are B.C.; Dogs of C Kennel; Garfield; Andy Capp.

What has given you…


Thank you to my support team ......

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 12:58 1 Comment

As we come to the end of another year and reflect, I am thankful to my team for making my life better. It is a rather large group that helps me to move forward. So many behind the scenes ...Technicians, doctors. registrars, lab technicians, radiologists, and the many nurses who have cared for us, family, friends and the light of my life .. my wife Heather. 

Thank you to my wife for the countless times you have picked me up, dusted me off and moved me forward.  Thank you for…


Holidays are coming. Holidays are coming. Santa Claus is coming.

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 6:52 1 Comment

Whoo Hoo!  Holidays are coming. Holidays are coming.   Cookies, chips, dip, deviled eggs, CHOCOLATE, cake, tarts, fruit cake. Ham, Yams. Mashed, roasted, baked and scalloped potatoes.  Special drinks. Egg Nog. Turkey. Hors d'oeuvres. Yum.  Pig out time!

Pardon dear?  What do you mean "dream"?  Remember I am diabetic and have renal disease? But. but Someone has to eat this ... that be ME!  Pain?…


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At 20:09 on February 28, 2018, Kim Edwards said…

Happy birthday!

At 9:23 on December 14, 2015, AJ said…
Thanks for asking, the appointment was good. It is a nephrology clinic in Toronto General Hospital that includes the doctor, nurse, dietician, pharmacist and research wing. Greg has joined the research observation study in the hope of helping those in the future who are diagnosed with FSGS. It follows progression and looks at possible dna links between participants.
Swelling has gone waaayyyy down since he has started the low sodium diet.
And yes we are feeling a bit less overwhelmed now - it really helps to talk to others who are going through the same thing. We have talked a lot about the holiday season and staying in a good schedule with rest, sleeping when he can and eating well in spite of all the treats around!
Some nights he is only waking up once before early morning and it's a small victory! Some nights are still 4-5 times a night but then he is sure to have a nap at some point during the day. Getting less frustrated with these life changes has been key - keeping calm and carrying on!
He is getting blood work done every week now to monitor cyclosporine levels as they are keeping it really high for a few months. Trying not to focus on the weekly numbers.
Thanks for the tips and for checking in, it is very appreciated.
All the best to you and your family over this holiday season.
At 20:19 on December 7, 2015, ladyb said…


Friday is revision #1 (and hopefully the last).  On my 5th visit to hemo they finally figured out how to freeze my arm and insert IV's for hemo WITHOUT PAIN. Woo Hoo.  I'd spent the start of the first four sessions in tears.  Crying sucks.


At 13:53 on November 19, 2015, Iain McLaren said…

Hi pdboy! Welcome to our online community. Thanks for your recent contributions! Feel free to write a blog or forum post and add yourself to our member map. Welcome again!




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