There are anecdotes about extraordinary extremes in all areas of life, from the length of people's lives to how many hot dogs they can eat in 10 minutes, but the only sensible statistics to concentrate on if you want to assess what your likely prospects are are the average values for typical people.Professor G. M. Danovitch in his book, "Handbook of Kidney Transplantation" (2001) gives on page 15 the average life expectancies of dialysis patients:For patients ranging in age from 20 to 39, non-diabetic: 20 years; diabetic: 8 yearsFor patients ranging in age from 40 to 59, non-diabetic: 13 years; diabetic: 8 yearsFor patients ranging in age from 60 to 74, non-diabetic: 7 years; diabetic: 5 years.These limited life expectancies are largely due to the fact that dialysis only replaces 10% of normal renal function, so patients remain in a permanently toxic state. Toxic chemicals leached from dialysis tubing, infection from the treatment process, hypotensive crises, etc., also contribute to the shortened life expectancy. Life expectancy is much improved by transplant, with non-diabetics gaining an extra 50% average lifespan, and diabetics under 60 more than doubling their life expectancy.
Quote from: Jonndad on January 13, 2013, 09:51:07 PMI'm only 7 weeks into this whole thing. This type of scares me and probably is the last thing I should be reading. crap.21 years of hemodialysis and 14 years with a cadaver transplant = 35 years esrdI started on hemodialysis at age 22.
I'm only 7 weeks into this whole thing. This type of scares me and probably is the last thing I should be reading. crap.
But you HAVE to admit, barring any unforeseen car accidents, a renal patient has a shortened life. It is just idiotic to not realize that. Life after dialysis is just frosting. You should by all means be dead! So, just count every day as a day extra.I believe Stauffenberg's (Danovitch) numbers are probably correct. We are talking "averages". Most renal patients are old farts and have other medical issues. Yes, I know people on dialysis for 20 years and I've known people who lived maybe 3 years. But, don't lose any sleep over it.
... I am not sure that I am able to wholeheartedly agree with the idea of "resurrecting" old posts from years ago,especially since quite a few of the people writing years ago are no longer with us ...Would it not be a much kinder idea if we could let past members and their thoughts truly Rest In Peace ?... Of course, that does not mean we should not research old posts etc., but ... as I have already said above...Kristina.