I can't seem to find much information on what happens when you start HD and your kidneys fail completely. I've heard that you stop urinating, but that's about it? What other side effects of complete kidney failure while doind HD are experienced?
I know you are having uncertainties about what to expect when your kidney function is completely gone. Well when I was diagnosed with the end stage renal disease, I was told that dialysis definitely was in the immediate future for me, but in the last decade they have come up with stages to monitor an individuals kidney function, I wasn't as fortunate, because they weren't monitoring renal patients that way, your neprologist just get you prepared to began a form of dialysis treatment to help in managing your surivival with the end stage renal disease, and because of the stages that they follow these days, patient usually start dialysis with some kidney function, (meaning they can still urinate and still get some of the toxic and excessive fluids removed from their bodies, I think is very clever and quite beneficial to today's patient developing end stage renal disease. I also would like to mention when my neprologist felt it was time for me to start dialysis, I had about two months for my initial dialysis day, I had my graft surgically placed in my arm, and as I was waiting around for my graft to mature, I started showing signs that I really need to start hemodialysis soon, for instance, I couldn't keep any food down, everything was coming up, even the pink stuff (pepto) that I took for my upset stomach, and of course I had bleeding from my nose, and I noticed my feet were swelling right before my eyes, I was grateful to God that all this didn't occur until my graft had completely matured, I only had several days left for the healing process. Well anyway there is more that I could share with you, but too much to go into on this post, I tell you what, I self-published a book earlier this year, based on my endurances with the polycystic kidney disease and dialysis, if you are interested it is available online at xlibris.com, the bookstore, you can search the lower right sidebar - my title - My Renal Life - and an image of the front cover will appear, right under the image is a brief description of the book, and you can click on My Renal Life - and click on the author bio and also on this page you can access an excerpt of the book, and you can also leave me a personal message under contact the author, You can leave your email address to if you wish, and I'm also on facebook.
In the meantime, I say to every fellow dialysis patient, Don't let this disease control you, You control the Disease.