Chronic Illness… Chronic Coping

Yesterday was my Dialysis schedule. Everything went well for me, in a ‘kidney failure patient’ sense of ‘well’, in any case. For us, patients that is, going to dialysis sessions has become somewhat of a routine. Even the pain, the Hypotensive experiences and bouts of cramps, has been part of my life ever since the first time I started my dialysis treatment. Chronic coping on a chronic illness, I always tell myself…

This is what I need to keep in mind whenever I go to my dialysis sessions. I have been in dialysis treatment for six years now, but let me tell you that there are still times that I can’t find myself being used to the process. Oh yes, it’s quite routine, until you suffer another bout of Hypotension, or some form of muscle cramps. Sometimes through the pain, I tend to regret suffering this form of illness. But when my mind clears up, and when I could clearly contemplate on things, my optimism shines through once more.

Chronic coping. This is one attitude you need to keep in mind and implement in your life to make kidney failure less insufferable. In fact, you need this attitude applied not just for kidney failure, but for other instances as well. To be able to endure an otherwise unendurable battle.

I have been through a lot during my six years in dialysis, and I know I would be under a lot more in the days to come. I am not complaining, though. I’m just happy to be here… still.

Post Author: jtsantos

a blogger and a freelance graphics artist undergoing dialysis treatment since 2003. An enthusiastic person by nature, loves blogging, cooking, research, tinkering around, and gunpla scale modelling

6 thoughts on “Chronic Illness… Chronic Coping

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    (February 9, 2014 - 3:44 am)

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  • Blogging Hiatus

    (April 21, 2011 - 9:13 am)

    […] post here in DP. Some of you might think that I already lost interest in sharing my experiences on treatment. Well, this is not true and is not the case. Simply put, I have been busy this past few months and […]

  • grawp

    (June 3, 2010 - 6:55 pm)

    My brother has been on hemodialysis for about two months now. Each session is far from being a routine though, because we get a shock of its side-effect almost every session. There is hypotension for one and the most recent, anemia or low hemoglobin count. Fortunately, I can tell my brother is trying his hardest to cope with his illness, and is maintaining a positive outlook in life. And that strength gives us the will to continue to be positive about it and support him in any way we can.

    7 years on dialysis, are you not considering kidney transplantation?

    Iam so glad to find your blog. I still got more posts to read and Im looking forward to it. Thank you.

    • julius santos

      (June 4, 2010 - 10:03 am)

      I have been long considering the possibilities of transplant, but there are still some conflicts I have to get over with, like the donor and financial support I’ll need for the process.

      Your brother’s treatment is still at its early stage so he’s more likely to encounter those reactions. But don’t worry, he’ll get used to it. The positive outlook in life is good and must always be maintained, but there will come a time that depression might set in. Just don’t let him be disheartened or lose hope and always make sure that he follows the doctor’s orders. The hypotension can be minimized by controlling his fluid intake, the anemia by taking the regular dose of erythropoetin.

      I’m glad my blog has been a source of information to you and I will try to post more informative articles in the future.

  • Hi, interesting post. I have been pondering this issue,so thanks for posting. I will probably be coming back to your posts. Keep up the good work

    • julius santos

      (May 7, 2009 - 1:52 pm)

      Thank you! You can count that I’ll keep on postings issues that would help my fellow patients and create awareness to the rest.

      You also have quite an informative site.
      Keep it up also and more power.
      Thanks again!

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