This story started when I was 18 years old. I was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes which brought on many complications over the years. I started on in-center hemodialysis when I was with Kaiser in 1999. I was fortunate to get a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2000; my life changed, it was perfect again.
In 2009, my transplanted kidney began to peter out. Due to changes in my insurance, I started seeing Scripps doctors at that time. Dr. King is the best thing that ever happened to me!
I had to start dialysis again. In-center hemo is not a congenial atmosphere, and it drains you. I was always worthless the day after my treatments. It was hard to juggle work and in-center hemo with a 4 ½-5 hour time commitment on someone else’s schedule 3 days a week. Dr. King encouraged me to consider peritoneal dialysis.
As a result, I have been very lucky ever since. I’m in bed 10 hours a night, but I get to do whatever I want during the day. The differences between how I felt on in-center hemo and peritoneal dialysis are remarkable.
And, yes, the team at HDT continues to support me as I wait for another transplant. Everybody at HDT works together. They are a fabulous team, from the nurses, the social worker, to the dietician, and the secretary to Denise, she runs a tight ship. I’ve been in medical care much of my life. I enjoy the experience here.