Joe (not his real name) has just been through what we all dread: an infected fistula, with complications.
Most of his fistula is in his upper arm, and over the last couple of weeks it became sore, larger and more difficult and painful to needle. Joe started antibiotics, but unbeknown to him, it had also developed a clot that grew in size until the blood flow through it was minimal. So, though he was on the machine for the same time each session, less blood being cleaned meant he was actually getting less and less dialysis and becoming less and less well. Realising that it was not just because of the infection, he was referred to his kidney specialist for treatment. (more…)