My name is Kristin Shelley, I am 26 years old I was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy in 2007. I didn't know that from the time of my diagnosis in December 2007 to May 2010 , I would be on dialysis.I am writing this in hopes of my experience helping others understand the situation completely.This is not an easy journey. It is though the journey life has taken me on, as well as one you may have to take; and with every day I am stronger mentally and emotionally.
Last night as I was doing my last transfer I looked down and saw that I had blood in my bag and let me tell you that scared the hell out of me. I called the on call nurse and was freaking out she said it was either me ovulating or I lifted something way to heavyand broke capillaries. Guess what...I broke capillaries in my peritoneal cavity. See Monday I lifted my cooler filled with 5 of my bags and that is WAY to much weight for me. So now I am putting Heparin in each one of my bags so I don't get my hose clogged. So to anyone who will ever have to do PD listen to them and don't lift anything over 10lbs because it is not just scary seeing the blood it also doesn't feel good, my stomach keeps on spasming and I am having pain. It is so not worth it.
I am hanging in there with everything that has happened this week but it is going to take me a little bit of time to take it all in and come to terms with it but I know with the help of my family I will get through it. I just need time.