Thursday, 30 April 2020

Chapter Ten

With two failed kidney transplant, Rebekah's immune system being too strong dialysis was considered. Not the dialysis where a patient is hooked up to a machine while the patient lays back on a bed but what is called CAPD – Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis.

A bag of dialysis fluid flows slowly under gravity into the body, does its job extracting the toxins then flows out into a collecting bag. The patient can move about and lead a semi-normal life while the dialysis system works. CAPD – Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis. A patient had to have input and output shunts to which the two bags were attached.

Rebekah was put forward for CAPD and for the minor operation she would need to have the shunts inserted. This was not anywhere near as good as a working transplanted organ. Rebekah's body was too strong, two transplants had failed so the option of CAPD was seriously considered. I wasn't happy but I went along with it.

After no more than three clinic appointment minds were changed. I was not happy, I was desperate to secure a working renal system for my darling daughter. The doctors had another plan, a better plan, Plan B.

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