I’m here. In the Royal Liverpool Hospital. 3 days earlier than planned. I still wasn’t feeling myself yesterday so I came to get checked over and the doctor said right we’ll get you in now instead of waiting till Tuesday. I had bloods taken (after 7 attempts including 2 arterial attempts) and was allowed to go home and get my things. We also stopped at the shop for some essential supplies.
I had a cannula put in my arm on my return and was immediately started on adextrose and insulin drip as well as a syringe full of calcium to help my potassium levels. That infusion took 2 hours and at 1.30am I was put on the bicarbonate drip which I was told will take 18hours!
I saw my usual consultant this morning and we talked about the operatation that will hopefully still take place on Wednesday, he is worried that I will need dialysis sooner rather than later so may resort to using the graft that can be needled almost immediately rather than the one that needs 6 weeks to mature. He is also wary that it may not work in my left arm and wants me to consent to them having a go (if needs be) in my right arm aswell. If they decide to use the graft that needs time to mature they may also consider inserting a tunnelled neckline, which I will also have to consent to on Wednesday. At least all bases will be covered but it’s a bit unnerving that I won’t actually know what to expect when I wake up.
My kidney function is currently 12% so it is still on the decline and the worry is that I won’t be able to hold out much longer without dialysis so access for it is the priority whether it’s in my left or right arm or my neck.