English version below the picture

Lundi dernier,  8 janvier, j’ai subi une petite chirurgie assez délicate à l’avant-bras droit pour réaliser une fistule artério-veineuse (connexion entre une petite artère et une petite veine) pour permettre la dialyse début février ou début mars. Cette dialyse est nécessaire car mes reins ne fonctionnent plus suffisamment.
Je ne souffre pas du tout mais je dois pendre des précautions  pour protéger cette fragile fistule . Une infirmière vient deux fois par jours  pendant 6 jours pour des injections d’anticoagulant et renouveler le pansement.

photo taken by Janine on the 10th of January 2018

 Last Monday January 8th I got a small but delicate surgery at my right forearm to make an arterioveinous fistula ( connection between and a small  artery and a small vein ) to allow a dialysis to start at the end of February  or beginning of March. This dialysis is needed because   my  kidneys  do not work much anymore

I do not suffer at all but I must take precautions to protect this fragile fistula. A nurse comes twice a day during 6 days  for anticoagulant injections and renew the plaster.

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99 Responses to Surgery

  1. Goodness. I’m glad the surgery wasn’t hard, but I’m very sorry to hear you need dialysis. I hope all goes well.

  2. Take very good care of yourself Michel, you are looking healthy and happy and very handsome as always! ❤

  3. mrswrangler says:

    Sorry to hear about your kidneys. Prayers for you

  4. Oh, Michel, I’m sorry you will have to have dialysis. Please, keep us updated. You are in my prayers, dear friend. God bless and keep you, and sustain you through this treatment. ❤

  5. Michel, wishing for you good health and blessings to you and your family!

  6. Je vous souhaite une récupération rapide, complète et sans douleurs, Michel, et après cela une année fantastiquement profitable !

  7. jstnotherday says:

    Oh goodness Michel, I am sorry to hear this news. I had a good friend whose husband went for regular dialysis. It is not what I would wish for you. I love your positive attitude regarding this development in your life. My friend’s husband was always the same way. I have since several years, lost touch with the friend, when I moved to my new location. My prayers are with you as you begin these treatments. ❤ Lynn

  8. cjjustice1 says:

    Dear Michel! I will be praying for you. I am sorry to hear that you are having this problem, and needing dialysis. You do look wonderful as always. I know that this is hard for Janine, too, so
    I’ll be praying for her as well. Love ❤ Carolyn

  9. puffpop says:

    I am praying for you. John has been in dialysis over 2 years now and it is saving his life. He goes 3 times per week but early in the morning. He get home early and will nap somewhat during the day. We can’t get by without good kidney function….He is too old for a transplant.

    I have a dear friend who is much younger and her kidneys have failed. She applied for a transplant and was approved. A lot of people had been praying.

    John will be going Friday for a vein procedure….It will happen every so often when you are in dialysis. I do pray for success.

    You will be alright. I’m so glad for the chance to be a part of life again.

  10. marica0701 says:

    Oh wow. My prayers for a smooth treatment. ❤

  11. Take care. Wishing you the best.

  12. blb1 says:

    Like others I wish you the very best.
    I often wonder if my older sister had better care instead of just hearing her kidney’s were only functioning at 40% from her diabetes if she would still be with us. The disadvantages of growing up and living in a smaller community with fewer doctors I guess. I need to take note as I also am diabetic and I don’t drink enough water.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear this news, Michel.
    You know you have my prayers…and my healing thoughts and wishes for everything to go well.
    You look healthy and handsome! Keep up your positive spirit and attitude!
    And keep us update.
    We care deeply about you.
    (((HUGS))) and ❤

  14. cocosangel says:

    Oh no. Sorry to hear about it Michel.
    Please take care of yourself and be strong.
    Praying for you. ❤

  15. Gracia says:

    Dear Michel, I am sorry to hear this. I will remember to pray for you and Janine. Love, Gracia

  16. L. Gail says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this my friend. Please take care of you. Know that you will be in my prayers.

  17. Sorry to hear that the kidneys don’t work well and now you have to use dialysises, but so grateful that is a choice. Seems the older we get, the less our body wants to stay healthy. I think of you often. John and I dealing with junk too. His is melanoma again. Next month he has the Mohs treatment of one of the melanomas. I will always have nerve pain with both knees. And now my diabetes is high again. But We both push forward everyday and enjoy what is before us. Other than you surgery, hope all is well with you and Janine. You two are such an inspiration to me. Love ya both. Hugs. love Marilyn

  18. judyrutrider says:

    Wow, that kind of sucks! The good news is that you are merely inconvenienced, not incapacitated. You have always been one who makes the best of the life you’ve been given, so I have no doubt that this will not diminish your love of family and gardening (though you may need a little more help from the kids). Good luck with the treatment. Has your doctor recommended any diet changes? I’ve been reading about the concerns some researchers have regarding sugar consumption and animal proteins. I suspect your diet is already rich in plant based, whole-grained foods, thanks to your garden so you probably already have the best diet possible.

  19. I hope everything will go well with the dialysis.

  20. neilc693 says:

    Oh, my—that sounds like cause for concern. My thoughts are with you. It sounds like a matter for which there should be much familiarity and expertise at hand, though. And it’s good to hear that there’s nothing to endure so far besides an enforced convalescence!

  21. Thanks Neil ! , life will be only different.

  22. weggieboy says:

    Here is a link to an article that explains the dialysis fistula:

    I’ve been on dialysis (initially through catheter in my chest) since January 2016, and have had a functioning dialysis fistula since June 2016. I can assure the people without experience with dialysis that the procedure is relatively painless, though it does consume lots of time three times a week, involves some adjustment in eating habits, prescriptions to deal with vitamin loss and other concerns, and fatigue on dialysis days that mean the patient oftentimes will end up taking a nap afterwards.

    Star fruit is the only food dialysis patients can’t eat for the simple fact a poison in the fruit that functioning kidneys remove from the body stay in the body and kill a person with end term kidney failure! (I personally never thought he fruit tasted that good anyway, so I don’t miss it!)

    I’m sorry you have to join me on dialysis, Michel, but, if your experience is like mine, the worst part is the time involved and occasional “tune-ups” to improve the flow volume of blood. (I had one angioplasty procedure on the fistula in the year and a half +/- I’ve had it.) I have what they call “buttonholes”, something discussed at the end of the first link above. It does simplify accessing the blood supply in the fistula. I’ve never had problems with infection, a problem many people with catheters or fistulas have. For the most part, normal good hygiene practices assure you won’t have infections.

    Though most of my fellow dialysis patients are there because of diabetes, I come to stage five end term kidney failure because of a form of vasculitis called Wegener’s granulomatosis or GPA. Like you, I am well aware of the benefit of a positive attitude!

    My guess is that French dialysis centers are not that different from American dialysis centers in that you will have regular (minimum of monthly) visits by a doctor, dietitian, perhaps even a social worker or psychologist to keep you “tuned in” to how you are doing as far as several concerns they measure by blood tests for the first two, and your emotional needs for the latter two. (I always just have a pleasant chat about my cats, Andy and Dougy, with the social worker since I have a good attitude about dialysis and have no adjustment problems.)

    Meilleurs vœux pour une transition sans incident vers la dialyse grâce à votre nouvelle fistule de dialyse!

    • Thanks Doug for all of those precious informations. I will keep them carefully . It is precious to know the experience of someone who is dialysed. I am more prepared .

      • Lavinia Ross says:

        I am just back from a short trip to see family, and saw your post this morning. Doug is an excellent source of information, Michel, and is an inspiration to all on how to weather this sort of thing. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and your family, and Doug too.

      • Yes Lavinia I am attentive to his suggestions based on his esperience .

      • weggieboy says:

        Don’t hesitate to ask questions of your dialysis team! Here, they hand out information to the patients about the process, the concerns, the prognosis for the patient, different types of dialysis including ones a patient does at home with a helper (!), and basic dietary needs of someone on dialysis, among many other things. For lots of useful information including information on healthy meals for dialysis patients, there is an American company that has a website that you might want to check out:‎

      • Thanks Doug for you rprecious advices. Very useful.

  23. mcbery says:

    I’m so sorry Michel! It’s no fun being tied to the medical people. 😦 I wish you a long and healthy life yet. Praying God will help heal your kidneys. Love, Mcbery

  24. Susan Joos says:

    It’s wonderful that we have some of these options but hard to get through them. I am sorry that you must do this, but hope that it makes you feel much better!

  25. Karen Fidler says:

    So sorry to hear that you must begin dialysis for your kidneys, Michel. I hope that you will feel better once these treatments begin! We will certainly keep you in our prayers…as always.

  26. joyce says:

    wishing you a good adjustment to this new part of your life, and blessings to all your family as you work together to keep you in good health.

  27. I am sorry about dialysis but so glad you are taking care of your health. You are looking good 😉

  28. Rachel says:

    I understand. We all will be affected some day. I pray that this goes well and helps you with any problems. I will say a prayer for my friend and ask God to have His hand on you. 💚

  29. Barbara Lenhard says:

    Michel, I’m so sorry to hear that you must start dialysis. Our bodies do these things to us as we age. I will pray for your health and send you my love and best wishes 💞

  30. Julie E says:

    I am sorry to hear that you need dialysis but I am sure you will feel much better once the treatment starts and you will be ready for the spring work in your lovely garden. Your internet family will be here to support you while you are having your treatment love Julie xx

  31. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! I’m sure you will do well with your dialysis and I’m thankful there is a good solution to your kidney problems and that there is no pain involved. It’s also good that this is January, an old farmer told me once not to work the soil in January or July, I’m not sure why but he always had a successful garden! So don’t worry with planting or tilling, you could however look over seed catalogs, it’s one of my favorite winter activities! I know you will be an excellant patient and follow the nurses and Janines instructions with care. I thank God for your friendship everyday and I will add to that your health and well being! ILYM

  32. wnandcj says:

    Michel, I’m so sorry you are having to deal with all this.

  33. Isabel Capillas says:

    You have the spirit of a courageous man, and it shows in your face, Uncle Michel. Take care always and do not work too hard on your gardening. Sending you my prayers.❤

  34. Oh my, that sounds serious but you look like you are bouncing back nicely. Aging is not for sissies. It is very true. Much love Michel, to you and your family. Thank you for all the updates and wonderful photos.xxoo

  35. mimiwi2013 says:

    How times have changed. It is wonderful that we now have the miracle of dialysis to keep one alive longer. The inconvenience of the time involved will be well worth it, and we will be able to enjoy your presence much longer!! Your friend, Doug, certainly has excellent information, and of course Fran and John have been dealing with this for a couple years already. You can do this!!! You have lots of love and prayers from all your family and friends to sustain you!! And you are STRONG!! Love and hugs from Ken and me!! ❤ ❤

  36. Louisa says:

    Dear Michel, I am sorry to hear your kidneys are not working very well. But hope the dialysis will go well. Glad you don’t suffer from the mini surgery. Please take good care of yourself!

  37. onedanyankee says:

    I certainly don’t like to hear you’re dealing with health problems. I will be praying your dialysis goes well, Michel.

  38. AM says:

    Aïe. Pas amusant … Mais s’il n’y a pas le choix … Que tout aille au mieux!!

    Cette semaine ai découvert plein de choses intéressantes au sujet de l’argile verte notamment. Peut-être que celle-ci pourrait faciliter ton traitement Michel

    Ai aussi écouté Micheline Dextreit et son énergie est communicative, c’est ici sur YouTube

    En tous les cas, meilleurs voeux pour une bonne continuation
    Cordialement, AM

  39. I hope all goes well for you as you begin your dialysis treatment. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope all goes smoothly.

  40. Marion Manson says:

    Dear Michel, Glenn and I send you our very best wishes with your necessary medical treatments. We are thinking of you. ❤

  41. Tribo, OCarm says:

    You are in my prayers, dear friend…

  42. suester7 says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you have to go for dialysis, Michel. My prayers are with you. Please take care.

  43. Anna says:

    Michel, I am sorry to hear that you’ll be needing dialysis. I hope and pray that everything goes well for you from now on and no complications.

    Much strength to you and also to your Janine. xx

  44. Just me. Just wanted to “sit” here on your site and pray for you for a few minutes.
    Always remember that many people are praying for you, Michel. God is hearing your name constantly. And we know He is listening.

  45. Hi – Michel. I am hoping the dialysis works well and you will remain healthy and strong. Bon courage, mon ami ❤

  46. “God Speaking To Anne Terri Through The Holy Spirit: As you have surmised Anne has been very busy with her mission. You are Receiving good care, which is important. AMEN”

  47. Michel: I hope all is going well with the surgery and dialysis. Wishing you improved health in 2018.

  48. A big thanks, Cynthia.

  49. kaiori says:

    J’espère que tout va bien, cher ami ❤

  50. ggcc13 says:

    A life saving treatment when kidneys aren’t working well. Patience and a good book for the sessions. Be well my friend.

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