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(Sigh) Doug is back in the hospital again in Scott’s Bluff.

As many of you know Doug is on dialysis. Yesterday his fistula sprung a leak and long story short his apartment looks like a crime scene. CSI Alliance has their work cut out for them.

Doug called me this morning to let me know what what going on and this is the first time I have had a sufficiently good internet connection (and wasn’t driving) to post and update.

Doug is doing fine now someone has their finger in the dike so to speak. Kitty boys are safe but a bit rattled from all of the commotion from the blood and the first responders. Judy is taking good care of them.

I don’t know if he will do so, but I am sure that Doug would love to tell you the details in more colorful language than I have used here.

Anyway that’s it – I’ll post more as I know it.

cb (for Doug)

PS – Sir Edmund Hillary and Pickles wish Doug a speedy recovery and say hi to Andy and Dougy

Note their intense concern


Post 1563: Dougy wants to know…

Insatiable curiosity, of course, is what kitties are all about. 

I took the bandages off the  **dialysis fistula buttonholes, and they were unusually bloody this time. Dougy indicated he wanted to see them. (Top photo) So, being servant to this master, I pushed them toward Dougy.

“Mmmm! Bloooood!” Dougy is thrilled!


WARNING!! What follows are graphic descriptions and videos related to dialysis for end term kidney failure!

** “dialysis fistula buttonholes” – You have to source the blood for the dialysis machine somewhere, and these two little openings in the skin to the dialysis fistula are it.

After dialysis, the needles are removed, and I sit there for 20 minutes applying pressure so I don’t bleed out through one or the other buttonhole: a scab forms and you don’t bleed to death!

Sometimes, however, the scabs are insufficient to do the job, and continuing pressure is applied with tape and bandages with a pad that coagulates any fluid blood. That is the blood in these particular bandage pads. Usually, there’s barely a hint of blood.

“Buttonholes” are created by using the same holes in the skin and to the fistula till they become permanent. A dull needle, then, can be used to access the fistula. Otherwise, a sharp one has to be used.

I know this is more than you ever wanted to know about dialysis, but wait till you open this video! It shows the surgery where the artery and vein are fused together to create the dialysis fistula: 


Eek! Urp! Blap! Well, I know you are as curious as a kitty, so there you go! If you are ready for more, here’s how they hook you up to the dialysis machine:


Never mind! I don’t look either! LOL!