Do Patients Ever Get Tired of Dialysis?

I started my dialysis treatment on September 2003 and has been through it for almost seven years now. I have experienced so many things all that time, have seen fellow patients come and go , but still I’m at it up until now. A friend once asked me if I ever get tired of dialysis? Of course I do. But for someone who’s been through a lot and fought all the way, succumbing to weariness is never an option.

If you’re wondering if I ever experienced depression, well the answer is yes, I did. I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Failure at 26 and for someone who’s merely starting to make something of his life, the reality of my predicament is just too much to handle. I guess anybody, under the same circumstances, would feel the impact and would think about what tomorrow might bring. In fact, almost any patient (not just with kidney failure) would go through some form of depression or another. Maybe it’s simply human nature to ask the “Why’s” whenever we’re faced with life-changing events.


I did go through a state of depression while I was still at the early stages of my treatment. I still go through it now from time to time. The only difference I made is that I never let it show, not if I can help it. Depression, for me, is a mind set. The more you think about it, the more you would feel it’s effect on your life. I’m not saying that I’m numbing myself from all the pain and the weariness. All I’m implying is that when depression sets in, it’s still your choice whether to fight that feeling or simply succumb to it and allow it to conquer you instead.

I’m still here, fighting as best I can and looking forward to win an uphill battle someday. Need I say more that I chose the former? That I never allowed depression to take the most out of life, eve through the most wearying times of my treatment? They say that I’m an optimist and I tend to look on the brighter side of life. That I am. Why wouldn’t I? I’m already living on the side of life where darkness just looms beyond the horizon. Believe me, I wouldn’t deprive myself the pleasure of looking on the bright side.

I hope you would too.

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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

70 thoughts on “Do Patients Ever Get Tired of Dialysis?

  • chin

    (June 19, 2014 - 12:09 am)

    Hi i am also a dialysis patient for almost a year and half,

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  • Greg

    (March 16, 2013 - 8:55 am)

    Julius, I’m 43 years old and back on Dialysis after getting a transplant from a friends wife back in 2005. Its hard to go to dialysis now, since I was healthy just a year ago and now I have to watch my diet, fluid intake. etc. I’m always tired and feel like I’m going to pass out daily. What do you do to avoid this.

  • George

    (December 8, 2012 - 1:42 pm)

    Hello whoever read this. I am 37 years old and I’ve been in dialysis for almost 8 long years and sometimes I hated it. I have a job as a dog walker and I liked it to be near to the doggis sometimes I just forget about dialysis then I can smile but after the day ends I remember I do have be in the hospital again the next morning. I don’t know why sometimes everything become darkness around me, sadness and hopeless.

  • Dexter |

    (December 5, 2012 - 5:44 pm)

    Good to know about this blog, my father is also doing his dialysis for almost 1 year now. It is costly but we need to do it.. It admire your courage to face the reality and blog about the things that is happening to you, may you continue to educate others on what is going on your life. God Bless You..
    Dexter |´s last blog post ..Update for My Father’s Kidney

  • Tina

    (September 9, 2012 - 8:47 pm)

    Hello everyone,
    I have been Dialysis goings two years..the first I try was pd…which it did last ..I remember feelings depress never I was upset..all I want it’s to die..then on the beginning I got so many surgery trying to make the caterer to in clog it..then still don’t fine
    So agree to go for hemo…hate it..I hate that feel like u have no days..I just don’t get it..I feel like I really don’t want to continue to do this….I hate. Hemo hated so much..

    • Peter

      (September 30, 2012 - 8:37 am)

      hey Tina.. i started dialysis in july 2010 .. i remember feelings of depression .. i felt so cheated – i was always the backbone of my family .. i hated my wife and two kids seeing me so weak and vulnerable … anger – till now – i hate everything about going to dialysis .. but i need to go on … it will get better …

  • Laura

    (August 21, 2012 - 10:58 am)

    Hi Julius,

    It is fate that I came apon your blog today. I have been on dialysis since 2006 and am a mother of two. I had to let my ex have custody because I have had no stabilty with being in and out of the hospitals so much. I only see them on holidays and during the summer becasue they live in California, and I live in Washington. I feel like giving up somedays, but I just seem to push myself out that door every mon., wedn., and fridays. Ive had e=a very depressing couple weeks since the boys left for the summer. Anyhow…you inspired me.

    • Peter

      (September 30, 2012 - 8:43 am)

      ditto LAURA,
      my wife and kids are in Texas … i didn’t want them to see me like this – weak and vulnerable .. my wife understands – i told her – it is not fair for you to be taking care of me .. just leave it to diailysis pros .. i saw the sad look their eyes when i was in the hospital … it has been two years since my first dialysis – so far
      i’m ok – getting stronger if not physically – mentally …

  • ceb3370

    (May 6, 2012 - 5:18 pm)

    na diagnose ako when i was 23 now im 26 still alive, whats the saddest part is my mom is dead d, my father has another family, and i have no brothers and sisters. i just live in my auntie. Paarang pakiramdam ko mag isa lang ako, nag diadialysis ako sa hospital nang mag isa. bbli muna nag pagkain bago umupo , kasi ako lang palage mag isa tuwing magpadialysis.

    Naka depress sa kin ay yung feeling mo na ikaw lang mag isa.. oo meron ka ngang relatives, but they are there not because they really care like how your mom cares for you, they care because they feel responsible, thats all what they’ve got.

    I almost died last week, i cant even describe on what i felt back there.
    hayz parang ang sarap magpakamatay

    • Julius

      (June 11, 2012 - 8:17 pm)

      You know, we have a lot in common. I also go alone every single treatment, though I have a family of my own. Not that they don’t care, I just wanted to hold to that independence. Will buy food first before being hooked up, just like what you’re doing. You’ve been in dialysis for 3 years and you’re giving up? Wanting to commit suicide, you say? Well, you want my honest opinion on this?

      Plain stupidity.

      Why? With our kind of disease, you’ll end up dead sooner or later, so what’s the rush? My advice isnthat you enjoy life while you can. I’ve been at it for 9 years now, so believe me when I say this to you.

      Live today like there’s no more tomorrow.

      • ceb3370

        (September 30, 2012 - 4:07 pm)

        you’ll end up dead sooner or later <– well i cant explain it to myself but somehow that line sounds good to me. i am not that depress really, I'm just really tired of living this way. The worst part is when everything around you is moving forward, your friends and family, you see them getting successful, graduated, having a job and making a family, and you, thinking where to get another government fund for your dialysis, waiting for your schedule for treatment. this sucks bigtime.! about that suicide thing, that pops into my mind from time to time. you cant blame me, even if how hard we try, theirs a big shadow of depression that gets bigger and bigger inside of us,

        so julius are you working now? is it homebase? can you help me find a job online? i got internet connection. (woahh that escalated quickly hehe).

        • ceb3370

          (September 30, 2012 - 4:14 pm)

          tol can you message me through my email? just want to ask some questions.

        • Peter

          (October 1, 2012 - 2:50 am)

          dre – once u accept the reality of going thru dialysis 3xweek.. that’s a good start – focus ka sa + / in my case – i was the youngest patient in the unit – most of them were 60+ up and physically weaker …sabi ko “i am not gonna go out that way – i used to play full court pick=up bball till this happened – it helps a lot na yung staff dito sa Cali ay mostly pinoys & pinays – ma-alaga talaga and we speak in tagalog to each other … first 2 months, i always start to cry once they start sticking me with the needles … the little sting will NOT go away – it is that or die .. very finalistic ang choice mo … my strategy is to take advantage of that 3-1/2 hours of dialysis to do whatever can be done while sitting down -watch dvds on ur laptop – bring ur mp3 player .. map out a plan for the rest of your life … me i’m banking on 3 more years .. if God takes me then – ok na .. my wife and kids will be stable by then – and be nice to your caregivers .. i always bring them chocolatesor snacks .. kahit yung mga $1 lang – they appreciate being appreciated … trust me – this is now ur family – confidants, & friends even though at the end of the day – it is just a job for them..- a thankless job …

    • Peter

      (September 30, 2012 - 8:33 am)

      welcome to the club .. started dialysis in july 2010 .. back then – depression ka-agad ang pumasok sa akin – i had too many questions .. even questioning my faith – which i didn’t have much in the first place .. pero i kept it all inside .. i had so many scenarios of harakiri – jumping off the Golden Gate bridge or just swimming deeper & deeper into the ocean .. or just not goine a painless death – you just fall asleep… the people that kept me going were my wife & 2 kids .. my younger son was in his freshman year of college … my older one already graduated at that time … my drive to be and “remain” independent kept me going to dialysis treatments .. i almost got ran over by a jeep in Manila in 5th grade / by a bus in 6th grade / hospitalized for unknown reasons in 4th yr HS / car accident in 2003 / hospitalized in 2006 and was in a coma for 2-1/2 months – physical therapy for 8 months / and then again in july 2012 when my kidneys finally quit … mom said i have 9 lives – i’ve counted 7 – so i have two left … God has his reasons for keeping me alive … i do not know what they are … He has blessed me with a good wife & 2 good kids – a great competent staff that guarantees my medical safety … everytime my BP gets low & i start singing – that signals them i am going to Disneyland [passing out] .. these people do not want you to die – NOT on their watch .. you are the only one who can figure out your reason to live — you can not let yourself die without finding it !!!

    • Peter

      (October 1, 2012 - 3:02 am)

      i had my wife sit/accompany me on my first time on dialysis in july 2010.. she insisted on staying just to learn the p’s & q’s of the procedure.. that was the only time I LET her do it.. i told her – then i would insist BACK that she go home and rest … sabi ko – i promise i will not die today !!! it gets better once you accept things you cannot change and figure out what to do next .. be productive or just wither and die .. i, for one, will not let this illness, take me down without so much as a fight from me … just curious if u are in the US or Phil? .. my only regret – can’t go home to Manila – still hv to find a dialysis facility [a clean one] – scared of infection ..

    • ro

      (May 18, 2014 - 6:04 am)

      hey hope all is well and u doing better, I know its ruff on u… stay strong… u can email me at rs0168 at

  • jennie

    (April 8, 2012 - 1:42 pm)

    I appreciate your blog and the ensuing comments.It has given me some sense of security knowing that my parents and especially my mother’s healthcare will be in good hands.

    My parents (in their 80s) are insisting upon returning home to the Philippines. My mother just started dialysis in December 2011 here in the states but they want to be in their own home. I am relieved to hear that there are quality dialysis options for her in the Philippines (probably at Dasmarinas, De La Salle Medical Centre) until we can convince them to come back to the states where family members can be closer and more helpful and the costs are more reasonable since she has Medicare.

    I will continue to worry about them and especially her but they have the right to live their lives the way they want to. No matter what their children want.

    • Julius

      (April 10, 2012 - 11:18 am)

      Hi! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Yes, there are numbers of facilities here that offers quality treatment nowadays. Mostly for those who can afford, at any rate. For those who cannot, there are still ways to support the required treatment.

      It’s a matter of preference, and I can understand your mother’s wishes to return here. But on the practical side, staying there is more logical. Either way, you support and love is what matters most, and what really counts.

      Keep it up and good luck!

  • jona

    (March 28, 2012 - 12:25 pm)

    hi julius! your blog really is an inspiration. i’m also a dialysis patient going 6 years now. i was diagnosed year 2006 and i was only 25. so i can really relate to your story, i get depressed and admitted in the ICU on my 6th month of dialysis due to self denial and lack of discipline. after that painful (i thought it was my end – got an edema) and costly 5 days admission that i have realized my situation without fully acceptance of one’s body will be harder and stressful to carry. and so after that realization, i started to diet (limit my fluid intake, less pork, salts, preserves, etc.), i researched and read articles about our condition and shared my experiences to other patients. up until now, when i see new young patients being admitted, i feel sad, however at the same it gives me strength to help them in all i can to give them tips, ideas and handouts about our condition. dialysis is not an end. rather is the start of our second life. yes second life for without these genius machines we won’t be here now and sharing our own stories. by the way it’s really heart warming sharing this to people i don’t know. to all who suffer and share the same condition just like us be strong guys and never – never let your faith go down. Keep the faith to wellness always strong and believe that He has a reason for why we have this.. Grace to Us..

  • chelle

    (March 26, 2012 - 9:21 pm)

    hi Julius,

    Wonderful blog and such a great source of strength for those who are in the same situation as yours. My boyfriend is having his dialysis twice a week. He started last year October 2011 and I am planning to visit him during his dialysis soon. We are just a new couple so I am still adjusting and trying to be familiar on his real situation. I just would like to ask some details about the dialysis fee in PKDF. Maybe if you aren’t too busy you could send it to my e-mail at Because my boyfriend wants to move to a much cheaper dialysis center for the present one really costs his family a lot. And I would like to help him in anyway I can like finding a better center for him ^_^ I really hope to hear from you soon. Thanks a lot and God bless.

  • nythnyth sabanpan

    (January 22, 2012 - 9:03 am)

    hi julius your article on poverty…took my attention…yes that is very true…am a dialysis patient now for about 7 months and i have experienced that and seen that around…i was thinking if we could all organize and have our voices heard that maybe the government should now make dialysis free to stable end stage patients. because i believe dialysis is no longer just an illness it has become a lifestyle to so many Filipinos. If we count our numbers Im sure we are now we more than a million.

  • LYNN

    (September 20, 2011 - 3:32 am)

    Hi Julius
    Im glad i read your story. I have my brother whos 31 yrs old and his taking PD been on it since last yr around oct. his gone thru alot. His system at the moment is crazy like right now his phosphorus is really high dosnt want to eat anything and he has his down days specially cause he has a 9 yr old and he feels he cant take him to places cause his tierd and legs get so swollen but of course we always do everything we can so he wont feel like that. He took it really hard cause his had a kidney transplant before when he was 12yrs old when both of his kidneys gave up on him my mom donated him a kidney and thats the one failing he feels like he did something wrong witch of course thats not it cause he took care of him self really good always on a diet and always going for runs.So all we can do is be positive and have patients w him and always help him out his son and him live with my parents.. :-). i love my brother very much and i wish i could do something for him cause it hurts me seeing him like that.. I also wish you the best and will keep you in prayers

  • arvin africa

    (August 12, 2011 - 6:05 pm)

    nakaka inspire naman ng sinabi mo ako isang tulad mong may sa kit na ganyan pero bilib ako sa katapangan mo

  • alan selby

    (June 10, 2011 - 9:06 am)

    I am 79 years old. Should I forget the whole subject of dialysis etc,?

  • Peter Phan Ngoc

    (May 28, 2011 - 12:06 am)

    I’ve been reading posts about Dialysis patients… some are uplifting – inspiring pero a lot of them are depressing – I can relate….this is what happens when I go or dialysis treament on M-W-Fs. I feel good when I come in… all the Staff are nice and friendly – they always tease me and I really like that … otherwise, they would not talk to me at all. But when I walk in and start seeing the old patients – I immediately think “is this what I am looking forward to???” I’ve been on dialysis since July of 2010…The doctors and nurses say I have good labs.. or I am still young..and I am right for a kidney transplant. Deep inside my heart, I know I am just a patient, a number, a statistic, a job for them… Depression kicks in when Grace, my nurse, starts poking my arm with a needle to start the dialysis procedure. I can not get used to the pain – albeit it is just like an ant bite ( magnified a few times ) … then I tell my self to hang on – be glad you’re alive.. be glad you are able to still work full-time…then I think about my wife. She hasn’t been working since she got laid off in September 2010. I am the only breadwinner. I am waiting to retire when I hit 55. I just hope I will be strong enough to enjoy my last days with the wife and kids in Texas. I REALLY REALLY miss them. I have been crying… I think all my tears are gone now..i can not show weakness to my wife and kids. It is like journeying into the knowledge that I am dying… the only question is when and how soon… I am so afraid…not much because of dying but of the things that will happen to my wife and my two sons after I pass away… Playing guitar for the church on Saturdays and Sundays keeps me going… i’ve been keeping a journal to put my feelings and frustrations down.. Life goes on – for a lot of people – but the thought of dying is hard to get off my brain – like a big rock upon my head… i do not know – time will tell… i will fight back … i love my family too much.. i will never give up

  • Kenzie

    (May 19, 2011 - 8:42 pm)

    I enjoy reading your messages here but I am also fill with sadness what you guys have to go through on alternate days… Ever heard of “Sabah Snake Grass”? Available only in Malaysia – particularly in the state of Sabah. I tried to leave a comment earlier but somehow doesnt work. I hope it works this time. Cheers and God bless abundantly too

  • Boyet Panaligan

    (April 27, 2011 - 4:34 am)

    Hello JULIUS,
    I’ve been on dialysis treatment since July of 2010. Three and 1/2 hours – 3 times a week – that gives me plenty of time to think, analyze and sometimes over-analyze my life.. i googled my thoughts “i’m sick of going through dialysis treatments” and your blog came out. I kept reading the posts and eventually i found out na Pinoy ka pala. I’m already 52 and the people undergoing dialysis are all in their 60s .. everytime i see them i ask myself “is this what i should look forward to??? then a slight depression comes in.. lagi akong umi-iyak – especially when the needle poking starts. I’m so glad the nurses are all Pinoys
    4 males and 2 females and they are nice and warm. My defense mechanism is making pinoy jokes… at the end of the day naman, i go home… talk to my wife and kids who are in another state.. i can not talk about my feelings to them kasi it’s a sign of weakness .. i have to be strong for them. I used to live near Roces avenue in QC.. I have not been back since 1990. Glad to know we have Dialysis facilities there.. puede na ako’ng umuwi for a vacation..

    Again, thank you for your posts.. till my next post…
    Belated Happy Easter nga pala to you and your family..

    Thank you so much for being so positive – I will try to embrace that thought.

    • Julius

      (April 2, 2012 - 9:44 am)

      That’s the spirit. Ganito talaga ang buhay nating mga dialysis patient. We get to experience first hand how it it is to literally live each day of our existence, simply because we don’t know for sure what’s in store for us everytime we go into treatment. But like I said over and over again in my posts here – you have to be strong, not just for the ones you love, but mainly for yourself. That strength you’ll hold in yourself will radiate outside and surely the people around you will feel it.

      Don’t ever lose hope and always have faith in life. Believe me, this will pull you through.

      Thanks for dropping by and reading my blog.

  • Peni Gardner

    (April 21, 2011 - 4:10 am)

    Hi Julius I can’t help but commend you on the way you fight your sickness, always remember think positive and don’t lose faith in God.
    Peni Gardner´s last blog post ..Find the Perfect Weatherford Real Estate

    • Julius

      (April 22, 2011 - 6:39 pm)

      Thanks for wonderful words, Peni. May God also shower His blessings upon you!

  • RJ

    (April 20, 2011 - 9:40 pm)

    Good balance in the nutrition and diet of patients undergoing dialysis is actually important. This is because the patients do not have the capacity to digest any kind of food, with their condition.

    • Julius

      (April 22, 2011 - 6:44 pm)

      That’s right RJ, and good nutrition isn’t just beneficial for chronic kidney patients, but for healthy people as well.

  • Mark

    (April 20, 2011 - 7:28 am)

    Julius, what a tremedously positive and deeply informed perspective you bring to your blog. While I only have a problem of high cholesterol and gout which pales in comparison I take great inspiration from your writings and replies. Thank you for that.

    • Julius

      (April 22, 2011 - 6:43 pm)

      Thanks for dropping by Mark and I’m glad that what I write inspires you. I’ll try to write more useful and informative articles and share my treatment experiences.

  • Dropshippers

    (April 19, 2011 - 8:47 pm)

    I have the same problem with the heat here in Thailand, 40 degrees here at the moment!

  • Meggan

    (April 19, 2011 - 12:59 pm)

    Dialysis should be more cautious than healthy people. You need to limit your water intake and modify your diet. Faulty diets will surely need you to pay more visits to your dialysis center. Learn the do’s and dont’s of diet so that your life span will be lengthened.

    • Julius

      (April 22, 2011 - 6:47 pm)

      That’s right Meggan, and not only that, but might result in frequent hospitalization as well.

  • kidney stones diet

    (April 3, 2011 - 4:55 am)

    A poor diet can increase the amount of waste in the body and over burden the kidneys. A good tip is to drink a pint of water about 30mins before every meal and a pint of water afer. This can help the kidneys remove wastes and toxins quicker.
    kidney stones diet´s last blog post ..Kidney Stones Diet – Rid Yourself of Kidney Stones

  • CNA Nurse

    (April 1, 2011 - 12:36 am)

    I did when it happened to me in ever meeting.
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    (March 17, 2011 - 4:40 pm)

    Dear Julius,
    My father has CKD,which has been diagnosed last month….. it is heart wrenching as he does not have diabetes,high blood pressure or heart ailments…..the kidney failure was due to some bacteria….as the biopsy report suggests……he was complaining previously with Gout like symptoms…. he is 75 yrs and was hale and hearty previously…… he has been so positive even being told by the doctor about his condition….. he gets up at 4am in the morning to travel a long distance for his hemodialysis… he stays in a place in India where there are no good dialysis centres nearby….. the doctors suggested after his fistula is ready after 1 month , he can do it at a nearby centre and the danger of infection will be less…. the doctor also told he can opt for peritoneal dialysis….. let’s see what happens…. meanwhile he is on a diet
    recommended by a renal dietician…….

    • Julius

      (April 22, 2011 - 7:02 pm)

      Thanks for sharing your story, Suparna. I’m glad to hear that your father maintains a positive outlook on his predicament. Support him in this optimism and let him feel that he’s loved even more. These will help him ease the burden of the journey and pull through the obstacles ahead.

      I wish your father good health through his treatments and strength for you. God bless!

  • Chiropractic Saint paul

    (March 3, 2011 - 10:13 pm)

    I really enjoyed your blog post, i always got good, relevant and useful information from your new and unique posts, i m sure your blog will keep us continues update. Thanks for providing us such useful information.

  • James

    (March 1, 2011 - 12:15 am)

    Dieting and nutrition have always helped me in my life. Having good health and a stronger body. When I eat right my body has energy to do what I need to do through out the day. Great post thank you for all the information.
    James´s last blog post ..Home

  • Sawyer@Compare Insurance

    (February 3, 2011 - 5:10 am)

    Great post. I know a few people with kidney issues and this really helps.

  • Ashley

    (February 2, 2011 - 8:50 pm)

    I really enjoyed this post, I’m a nursing student and I’m trying to figure out a day in the life of a dialysis patient and your posts are giving me lots of insight, Thanks!

  • Jayson Harris

    (February 2, 2011 - 12:56 pm)

    Hi .. Thank you for sharing this .. It is informative .. and Interesting ..

    More Power !!
    and GodBless us ..

  • Aldrich

    (January 30, 2011 - 3:25 pm)

    nice post.. Yung nanay ko, sobrang depressed hanggang ngayon. ipapabasa ko sakanya tong blog mo. 😀

    • Julius

      (April 22, 2011 - 7:05 pm)

      Thanks for the comment, Aldrich. Tulungan nyo ang nanay mo to fight depression. This is the time she needs you most so having a positive outlook on things would be helpful to her.

  • Head Coach

    (January 2, 2011 - 9:07 pm)

    In addition to exercise, eating is probably even more important in the formula. I’ve found that eating a raw whole food, plant based diet minimizes the symptoms or even cures some conditions that are considered incurable, like many forms of cancer or diabetes. I’m not sure about kidney function but I’m sure it couldn’t hurt to detoxify the body in that way.
    Head Coach´s last blog post ..Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Documentary

  • delora @ find a healthy diet

    (November 25, 2010 - 3:40 pm)

    Thanks for the great post about food for dialysis patients. Your post brought up a lot of interesting points that I haven’t thought about. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your site in the future.
    delora @ find a healthy diet´s last blog post ..Devising a Healthy Low Fat Vegan Diet Plan For New Vegetarians

  • Diet and Nutrition

    (November 7, 2010 - 1:17 pm)

    Your post really moved me! I do not have any serious life-threatening conditions, but I think I can feel your pain and sadness.

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    (November 4, 2010 - 10:29 pm)

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  • Allison@Spoelstra Chiropractic

    (November 2, 2010 - 5:19 am)

    Great article Julius. You made it clear that a good diet is important lifestyle for a healthy living. This will help flush out toxins in our body.

  • Dialysis Patient Care

    (November 1, 2010 - 5:48 pm)

    Hi Julius,

    I added you site already to my blogroll, please do the same for my blog.

    Dialysis Patient Care´s last blog post ..Hemodialysis Devices- Dialyzers

  • pc350

    (October 4, 2010 - 12:31 pm)

    this disease is becoming such an epidemic. I think early detection and just knowing if you are predisposed is key to the progression.

    • Julius Santos

      (October 5, 2010 - 1:42 pm)

      Quite right. Though CKD is often diagnosed at a later stage, you still have the choice to have yourself screened for kidney disease if you think you’re at risk.

  • delora @ find a healthy diet

    (October 4, 2010 - 11:45 am)

    Thanks for the great post about food and dialysis patients. Your post brought up a lot of interesting points that I haven’t thought about. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your site in the future.
    delora @ find a healthy diet´s last blog post ..Devising a Healthy Low Fat Vegan Diet Plan For New Vegetarians

    • Julius Santos

      (October 5, 2010 - 1:42 pm)

      Thanks for dropping by Delora. I’ll try to post more informative articles in the future. 🙂

  • Dialysis Patient Care

    (September 20, 2010 - 9:50 am)

    Just an excellent blog you have here. Its very information and I enjoy reading it. I try to visit your blog about twice a week just to see what you have posted 🙂 Keep it up.

    I was wondering if you can exchange links with me, my blog is, it will really help our Google PageRank and at the same time, it will increase our visitors. I would love to share you stuff to my readers. I went ahead and added your blog to my blogroll, hope you can also do the same.


    • Julius Santos

      (September 26, 2010 - 9:11 am)

      Thanks for dropping by Emma. I’m glad to hear that you like what I write about and happy to find a fellow Pinoy writing about it also.

      There’s no problem about the link exchange. I’d gladly put your link in my blogroll. Thanks again for visiting! 🙂

  • noel morado

    (September 5, 2010 - 5:07 pm)

    this article has made me think about myself. i’ve been undergoing dialysis treatment also for two months now at dela salle univ. med’l center here in dasma, cavite. just last friday, i had my monthly lab tests and was saddened by the result that my creatinine level has gone up again instead of lowering down. i was depressed, of course, because, i was thinking that thru dialysis twice a week, somehow, my creatinine would get to back to normal level. this makes me think that why do i have to waste my time and money if i can’t get the kind of result that i need.

    but after reading your note/blog, i realized that i was not the only person who suffers this kind of depression. but in your case, you positively handles you depression and i admire for that.


    • Julius Santos

      (September 6, 2010 - 5:25 pm)

      Thanks. But let me ask you something first. Are you suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease, or just a bout of Acute Kidney Failure? Because if you’re suffering from CKD, then you’ve got to set something in your head first – your creatinine levels won’t get back into normal no matter how much dialysis you get. It will go down to a more acceptable level through constant dialysis and watching what you eat. But it will never be normal unless your kidneys started to work normally again, and that’s obtained by getting a kidney transplant.

      My advice is that you do more research on your condition. The more you know about it, the less the impact it will be on you emotionally simply because you’ll know more facts.

      Cheer up and enjoy life!

      • Mark

        (January 19, 2011 - 2:46 am)

        Great post!I understand how you feel.I was diagnosed with ESRD at the age of 23. I’ve been on dialysis for 10 months and I’m trying my best to stay as healthy as possible.

        Actually you can lower your creatinine to slightly above normal levels by sticking to a strict diet. My creatinine level was at 21 when I started. I switched to a vegetarian diet and only eggs as a source of protein. I was able to lower it to 3. I think I can’t get lower than 3 because I regularly exercise and the breakdown of muscles contributes to creatinine generation.

        Also to fellow guys who are undergoing dialysis, try coq10 supplementation. It is very beneficial in improving our remaining kidney function. You can google it for more info.

  • Felicia @ No deposit poker

    (August 12, 2010 - 3:29 pm)

    Your post really moved me! I do not have any serious life-threatening conditions, but I think I can feel your pain and sadness. I am glad that you have chosen to be happy and see the bright side of life rather than mope around and feel sorry for your predicament. I believe that God has given you this ordeal because you can bear it. I wish you all the best in your health.

  • Melinda

    (August 4, 2010 - 6:18 am)

    I love your positive attitude! I think that always makes the difference.

    • Julius Santos

      (August 4, 2010 - 9:28 am)

      Thanks Melinda for dropping by! I’ve always been an optimist all my life, even through this life-changing situation I’m into. And yes, It does makes a difference. I just wish other people would also make optimism a habit. It wouldn’t just lighten up things but would also teach us to cope more easily with every conflict that we encounter.

      Now wouldn’t that be nice.

  • Lubel

    (July 29, 2010 - 10:37 am)

    Erratum: Bloggers Unite, not Blogger’s Unite
    Lubel´s last blog post ..Fighting a fever without medicines

  • Lubel

    (July 29, 2010 - 10:24 am)

    Hi Julius,

    I found you in Blogger’s Unite where both of us have entries for “Empowering People With Disabilities”. My “website” is really my main blog site but my entry for Blogger’s Unite came from my other blog, and this is the URL:

    I admire your disposition which is enough to give you a longer life full of fulfillment because you inspire people.

    I wonder where you’re having your dialysis because I visit NKTI (National Kidney Transplant Institute) for several reasons but not as a patient. I have some friends there now, one reason why I am now a fan of NKTI in Facebook, though I am really now an advocate of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) where acupuncture is one of its area for healing. I have three gadgets for acupuncture, one is an electronic acupuncture, another is a needleless acupoint gadget and the third one a comb gadget for hypertension. I started being an advocate in my search for solutions for my adoptive daughter who has cerebral palsy and acupuncture is one if not the best solution.

    I usually publish my experiences with my gadgets in my 3 blogs, like in my last entry in my main blog, “I Don’t Want To Retire”, which I hope you’ll visit because there is an important “message” for you there, just look for the link that has the word “message”.

    May God bless you always.

    Lubel (Maria Luisa Taa Venida)
    Lubel´s last blog post ..Fighting a fever without medicines

    • Julius Santos

      (July 29, 2010 - 2:17 pm)

      Thanks for dropping by here, Lubel. I really appreciate it. I’m currently undergoing dialysis in PKDF (Philippine Kidney Dialysis Foundation), a clinic in Tomas Morato, QC. It’s a lot cheaper there than at NKTI and it’s where I’ve been recommended by my doctor.

      You have a nice blog and I hope to read more of it these coming days. 🙂

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