Krisna Reece

 
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"Introduction to My Life Story" 

 

Date Range: 01/01/1972 To 12/31/1972   Comments: 8   Views: 6,527
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I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease at the young age of seven.  I was lucky to get a kidney from my father at age eight.  Otherwise, my growth probably would've been stunted.  My transplant rejected when I was sixteen & a half and I received my first of three caveric six antigen perfect matches at age seventeen!  That transplant lasted five years. 

 I have come close to death more times than I can remember.  According to my current nephrologist, I am his miracle patient!  I survived an awful illness in December 2002 and according to all the doctors who took care of, I should not be alive right now let alone as healthy as I am!  I believe my strong faith in God, my strong will to live and my incredible family support has always brought me through.  This is my story.  It is my hope that by telling my story it may help others.  I hope you all enjoy reading about my life with Chronic Kidney Disease.

I will be updating my story soon.  I was referred by my kidney doctor for another transplant.  Check back to see how that turns out for me.


© May 1, 2008



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Member Since
Aug 2007
Antje Wilsch said:
posted on May 01, 2008
hi Krisna

having a chronic illness is horrible. I'm sorry you have to go through this. But your spirit and testimony to life is what makes your story brilliant - not your disease, but you, the disease is just one small part of you :)


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Apr 2008
Krisna Reece said:
posted on May 02, 2008
Thanks for the comment

Hi Antje Thank you for your comment. I've had kidney disease so long that it's been put on the back burner so to speak. I mean I have to do dialysis but even with that I consider myself lucky with my short 3 hr treatments as opposed to many friends who have 4-5 hr treatments. On days I don't go I spend my time with family and friends or writing. My life is much more than my disease. Growing up I had transplants for much of the time so I had as normal a life as a kid with a kidney transplant can have. I had lots of support by my family which include 3 younger sisters. And I still have have the support from my parents, sisters and my long time boyfriend. I have a lot to share abt growing up with kidney disease and trying to find my place in the world. So, I hope you will keep reading. I am going from memory so it may take me some time before I get new additions. I plan on including some short bio's on my parents. For some reason I felt the need to do that. Krisna


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Brian Childers said:
posted on May 02, 2008
wow

i heard about dialysis - is it painful? what does it do exaclty, clean out the kidneys every week? I mean what do you do when you are there - if u don't mind me asking.... I think you're pretty cool for sharing that though. I include some stories on my parents too. It's cheaper than therapy.. lol...


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Apr 2008
Krisna Reece said:
posted on May 02, 2008
Yes, dialysis is painful!

But when I was diagnosed it was in the early stages. Dialysis is done in a clinical setting or at home. There are different types of dialysis too, Hemodialysis which is what I do and Peritoneal Dialysis which is done using the lining of the stomach. I don't know what they are called in Canada, Brian, but here they are called Kidney Centers. I go to one run by the original kidney center, Northwest Kidney Centers. Mine is called Seatac Kidney Center and is directly across from Seatac International Airport. The center is brand new. Anyway, dialysis is painful and requires 2 needles to be placed in the vein in my arm. My artery was surgically attached to the vein and both were brought closer to the surface. This was done to enlarge it and to make it easier to place needles. One needle (arterial) is used to pump the blood out which is then taken through an artificial kidney, cleansed using a mix of acid and bicarbonate and then returned through the other needle (venous). Dialysis can remove Sodium, regulate Calcium & Potassium, and remove fluid. It cannot remove Phosphorus which is found in all dairy products and also soda pop that contains caffeine. In soda it's in the form of Phosphoric Acid which is absorbed into the body easier. Anyway, I do dialysis 3 days a week for 3 hrs. each time. Some people do up to 5 hrs. Some people do dialysis at home and every day for a shorter time. I am quite healthy for a dialysis patient especially for one whose had kidney failure for almost 30 years! As for my parents well...my mom has bipolar disorder and I pretty much raised my 3 younger sisters. Haven't gotten to the 3rd sister in my story yet but I will. I agree with you about writing about parents is cheaper than therapy. With me writing about everything is cheaper that therapy. Well, I better get off here and go to bed because I have to go to dialysis in about 7 hrs. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the first part of my actual story. I posted it a little bit ago. Krisna


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Susan Janneck said:
posted on May 02, 2008
Krisna

I believe that we are all put here for a purpose. You have a job to do while on this earth and it's not done yet because you are still here and kicking. I can tell from your stories that you were endowed with special abilities and your family too to help you handle what was coming down the road for you. Even though your mother was sick and you were needed to help with the younger children which in turn helped you too. You are one "super" lady. God Bless


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Apr 2008
Krisna Reece said:
posted on May 03, 2008
Thanks for the comment!

Thank you! I believe the reason I'm still here is simple. As my sister, Kelli, once put it, "I am the glue that holds our family together!" And she was right! Thank you again!


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Megan Caufield said:
posted on Sep 30, 2008
Hi Krisna

Sounds like you've gone through a lot. Thanks for teaching all of us....


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Krisna Reece said:
posted on Nov 27, 2008
Thanks!

I haven't been writing for a while because last July my dialysis access clotted and I had to have new one put in. I had a temporary catheter put in the artery in my chest. I had surgery to get a new permenant dialysis access put in my upper aem in August. They brought the artery up and attached it to the vein. Then I had to wait a couple months to see how well it developed. It didn't develope well enough so I had to have surgery again to straighten it up and bring it closer to the surface. The last surgery was abt a month ago and required them to cut the entire upper arm open. It became infected almost immediately and took extra long to heal. Now I've been getting IV antibiotics on dialysis and it's now almost completely healed! I had my last access for 21 yrs! I will be writing more soon! Thanks for reading!