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To: Lx
I know heart/lung machines they put you on for heart or lung or both transplants gradually destroy red blood cells but I thought you could live on dialysis forever with a shunt on your arm?

I've done it for seven years...and I know people in their eighties who have done it for over thirty.

People who opt for a transplant often stay on dialysis for several years before a match turns up.

21 posted on 01/30/2012 5:44:20 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01
I'm sorry to hear of your problem and wish you the best of luck (and health), are you in line for a kidney and do you know the place in line?

Is there some reason that this person will die if he doesn't get a kidney now or is that just a way a Doctor can get their patient to the head of the line which sounds extremely unfair not to mention unethical?

I've read that with heart transplants, that if they don't also do a vagus nerve transplant, their hearts will idle at 100 BPM no matter what. Is there something similar with kidneys?

Good luck and speaking as someone who has had numerous major surgeries, I also hope you have now and in the future, get the best care.

24 posted on 01/30/2012 6:28:16 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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