When I was about 15 years old, an eminent nephrologist told me that many young people like dialysis. I told him that I would recommend it to them. I’ll never forget that. What a…

A few days ago, while I was on dialysis, a doctor told me that he had been reading my blog. “I’ve got a remark” he said. My attitude towards kidney dialysis is negative. I told him that that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m just of the opinion that dialysis is a temporary state, buying time until a transplantation. When the transplantation is performed you are truly alive again, you are free. He agreed with me, but said that transplantation wasn’t something that happens fast in our country. That’s the issue!

Too slow, too small, and insufficient. Why aren’t we in Eurotransplant, if we were at a certain point in time? What happened? What was the problem with Eurotransplant, and why is noone talking about it? In the Republic of Croatia there’s practically no waitlist. Kidney dialysis should be just a phase, not the solution to the problem. I am in no way against dialysis. It is an amazing way to stabilise your organism and purge it. It is an amazing way to prolong your life, and if it weren’t for dialysis, all of us would probably not be here today. It can extend a life for up to 30 years. That sounds too good to be true, but that’s also not the whole story.

Firstly, from an economic standpoint, dialysis is very expensive. Transplantation is a much cheaper solution. In regards to quality of life, it’s incomparable. As a transplanted person, you become a healthy person, and society treats you as one. You are once again a useful member of society. I honestly don’t understand why, as a society, we don’t put more effort into transplantations, into education about this topic. If Croatia succeeded at simplifying the process of transplantation and making it more accessible, what are we doing wrong?

My attitude towards dialysis isn’t a negative one, but do you consider being stabbed by needles, as thick as the ones your grandmother uses to knit, every two days a solution? Are osteoporosis, lightning fast organ damage, and anaemia a permanent solution? Patients on dialysis are forgotten human beings, pushed out of sight, and everyone has, or at least knows, a person currently on dialysis. There are so many diabetics that end up on dialysis. Isn’t it high time to snap out of our blissful ignorance and work towards transplantation, a real and permanent solution? Let’s make life easier for both the state and the people who suffer.

And, on a side note, I don’t think that many young people like dialysis. 

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