Well that wasn't fun... So once in a blue moon, I tend to "crash." In this case I finished treatment, pulled needles, bandaged up, and it hit me like a truck. Light headed, almost passed out, hot (seriously I was drenched in sweat) and therefore needed oxygen and cold towels. Eh, it happens.
Artificial kidney C.1984 made in Japan. These were meant to be used as a temporary stand in. You can see the thousands of little tubes in the system used to filter out impurities. I got this from a retired doctor that used to use this in class to teach students.
Just found a news article at my mom‘s house about my dad and his kidney disease. This article is from 1972 (10 years before I was born). Due to his disease (Alport Syndrom) his kidneys failed when he was 24 years old and they gave him an „artificial kidney“ which was a machine to do dialysis at home back then. This thing saved his life back then until he got a transplant. My dad passed away when I was 18 and I miss him every single day, so finding these things about him and his story means the world to me. Only a few days ago I read an article about a real artificial kidney and how this can change so many people‘s lives in the near future (https://www.meddeviceonline.com/doc/world-s-first-implantable-artificial-kidney-could-enter-human-trials-by-0001) It‘s incredible how these things have changed since 1972 and I am so very grateful for the ongoing researches and progress in this field and the opportunities that are existing nowadays. This is too late for my dad, but his biggest wish and hope for his family was that there would be this kind of progress soon enough for his kids and grandkids to benefit from it if it will be necessary. I know that where ever he is right now, he is beyond thrilled and I am too. Like we‘ve come full circle.... #memories#family#dad#comefullcircle#kidneydiseaseawareness#kidneydisease#kidneyfoundation#research#progress#kidneyresearch#alport#alportsyndrome#alportsyndromefoundation#alportsyndromeawareness#alportsyndromefacts#artificialkidney