Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My MIL and Dialysis

We balik kampong on Saturday. It was a balik-hari trip with only Hasya and Haifa as the occupants of the back seat. Hasya didn’t mind missing the pirate-themed birthday party that she was supposed to go to that day. Deep inside me, I was happy that she wanted to tag along tho’ I knew that she was really looking forward to that party.

Anyway, the reason for the balik kampong was because my MIL has just been diagnosed to be suffering from kidney failures. The final test by the urologist will be done today and the results will determine the frequency of the dialysis she’ll have to go thru. But the probability of her going thru a 3-day-a-week session is very high. Looking at her, I just couldn’t imagine how she’s going to get her treatment done for three-times-a week which usually will last around 3 to 4 hours per session.

Since I was clueless on what kidneys and dialysis was all about, I did some readings. Apparently, the liver and the kidneys are sophisticated machines doing the cleansing of the blood in our body. The liver actually does the cleaning out of the impurities and the kidneys get rid of excess water and other waste products. Every day our kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and excess water! How about that?!

When the kidneys fail to work, dialysis will be needed. I just don't know how my MIL’s going to sit for hours waiting for the machine to pump the blood out from her body, thru a filter that removes the waste products and returns the clean blood back to her body.

Whatever the results are today, I just hope that everything will be smooth sailing for her..... May the absence of painfulness and sadness be bestowed upon her...

8 comments:

Waterlily said...

Oh dear! I hope your MIL is strong enough to embrace the whole thing. I remember my aunty who went through the same thing, at first it was hard for her, but after a while - she got used to it and my uncle bought a machine so that they (she mostly) can do the routine herself.

It was sweet of you to balik kampung and jenguk your MIL :) Am sure she was glad to see you and the cucus too..

MAMAMIA said...

How old is your MIL? Hopefully she's strong enough to overcome all these ordeal.

I am sure your visit helps to naikkan semangat dia. Semoga dipermudahkan segala urusan... Ameen..

yus said...

Ja,
kesian kan, MIL you? I harap she is strong enough to handle this.
I doakan semoga dia diberikan kekuatan dan dipermudahkan segala urusan dalam hidup.
My dad almost kena dialysis early this year, tapi syukurlah masih bertahan dgn ubat yg diambil dari private clinic di Perlis. Bila doktor (GH) check semula, dah turun balik urea dia. So, lega lah sikit tak kena refer buat dialysis lagi. Even doc GH pun heran dgn improvement tu. within a week, turun banyak reading tu. I wish I could help her in any way..(?) Let me know, k?

Salt N Turmeric said...

I hope all went well for her.

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Waterlily,
I really hope she could go thru with it. Dia belum start lagi until now but we've told her to start the dialysis ASAP coz the earlier the better... but it seems she's very reluctant to do it...

Hmmhh...

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Mamamia,
She's 70+. She has high BP and diabetic. That was why her kidneys failed.

TQ for your do'a :)

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Yus dear,
Memang risau bila tengok dia. Especially when she's very much influenced by other people's thought. Contohnya when she went for her BP check, the girl told her that the machine didn't stop beeping sebab BP dia too high(actually sebab machine tu rosak)terus dia gloomy and tidur satu hari...

I'm glad your dad dah ok. My MIL still tak nak buat the dialysis.... risau kalau nanti affect ke other organs/parts of her body pulak...

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Dear Farina,
Let's wait and see.... I just hope she'll change her mind about the dialysis...