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Thu, Oct 10 9:55am · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

You are right, however it is so hard to remain positive.

Thu, Oct 10 9:53am · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

Thank you …what an inspiration! Yes…I am tired and I have fought for the last three years of my life.

Thu, Oct 10 7:19am · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

Thanks, you may be right. However the comment the dr made after 2 years was if I didn't follow thru she saw no need to continue checking the blood and kidney levels every week.

Thu, Oct 10 7:11am · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

Thank you for your input I will soon be 76 and I do not qualify for a kidney due to diabetes and obesity. I know I have been in denial about the renal failure because I don't suffer from all major indicators. I can't understand the extreme flucuations from 13 to 16 gfr in one week.

Wed, Oct 9 2:50pm · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

Thanks for the response. I am 75 and an amputee with severe diabetes and anemia. I have been on dialysis before when the antibiotic shut my kidneys down while treating a gangrene foot. I only did dialysis for about 6 weeks it was awful. I have been off now for 2 years …however my doctor has tried for the last year to put a port and start dialysis. I don't feel I'm at that level. I urinate a lot and I don" have excessive swelling.

Wed, Oct 9 1:34pm · Stage 5 renal failure: Docs says options are death or dialysis in Kidney & Bladder

Diagnosed with stge 5 renal failure…gfr has been 13 now 6 plus weeks. Doctor says last week its death or dialysis!!! No option, waited on 2 units of blood and additional bloodwork this week. GFR show 16 ….how can this be? I urinate lots have limited swelling is this normal, should I give in and have dialysis. I was appalled when she suggested hospice or pallative measures.