Thursday, 13 June 2013

Explanation for radio silence

The last time we spoke it was Friday 24th May and I was hoping to return to the day job. Yeah well that was wishful thinking.

The following Wednesday I went or the blood tests that the doctor wanted and on the Thursday I got a call asking me to go to the surgery and I didn't see home for 13 days.

The doctor said my blood had shown some unusual things and sent me to a clinic attached to a hospital about 20 miles away. I had to go there and then. Once there they did more blood tests, chest x-rays, ECG's etc and a few hours later they told me I was being admitted to the hospital. The following day I was transferred by ambulance with flashing lights to another hospital about another 20 miles away. I had no idea what was wrong with me at that stage and to be honest they was I was feeling I didn't care where I was or what anyone wanted to do to me. Doctors were telling me things but I couldn't take it in.

Turns out that I was in the hospital I was in because of its specialist renal unit and I was there because I had had acute renal failure and my kidneys had completely stopped working.

In the past two weeks I have undergone plasma exchanges, blood transfusions and lots of dialysis.

I have to have at least another 2 weeks of dialysis three times a week and then they will decide if I need another dose of a chemotherapy drug that could make my hair fall out. Did I forget to mention the chemotherapy drug? Highly unpleasant. Anyway the doctors say that they doubt the kidneys will recover to their former standard but they are hopeful that they might return to  enough of a level to be able to come off dialysis.

My life now centres around how much urine I can make and I'm sure you're glad that I shared that nugget of information with you.

10 comments:

Paula R C Readman said...

So sorry to hear you haven't at all well, Colette. Please keep us up-to-date on what happens next.

My very best wishes to you and your family.

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks Paula - it was very scary.

Frances Garrood said...

What a terrible time you've had, Colette! I'm so sorry. I do hope things start to improve soon.

Teresa Ashby said...

Oh my goodness, that sounds terrifying and must have been a shock! I hope you feel better soon and that you can come off dialysis.
Take care xx

Kath said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Colette. I hope the next couple of weeks passes really quickly and that you feel much better by the end of it. xx

Colette McCormick said...

Thank you ladies. I am feeling a little stronger today and hopefully a bit more so tomorrow. It was very scary but hopefully I will come out the other end.

Amanda said...

So sorry to hear this, Colette. I hope you feel better soon X

Colette McCormick said...

You and me both Amanda x

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Colette, this must be terrifying. I'm so sorry. Wishing you strength to get through this and sending love.

xxx

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks Suzanne x