During the creation of this website, Danniebelle would write letters detailing her life with diabetes. The letters are very inspirational, as her faith in God remained strong til the very end of her life here on earth, and the beginning of her everlasting life. May you be blessed in His name.
April 06, 2000
Some of you may have heard that I have been hospitalized. Thank you for your prayers and concerns.
As you know, I am on hemodialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is pumped from the body to a filter. The blood is purified, and is returned to the body. One of the disadvantages of hemodialysis is dialysis graft failure.
I have been faced with how to keep my shunt and my perma Cath open. You see the shunt is my life line to being able to purify my blood. For some unknown reason, I clot easily, so as a back up system I have a perma Cath installed in my chest........
April 13, 2000
When I went to dialysis on Saturday, they were not able to exchange my blood through my Perma Cath. This is a very frustrating situation. I immediately knew that I would have to go to the hospital. The nurses tried everything they could to open up the port. They tried to loosen the clot but that didn't work either. By this time I was desperate. I knew that I had to be dialyzed. The only option was to get a femoral catheter placed in my groin. However, this is a temporary option, it will only work while lying in the hospital. That dialysis proved to be very successful.
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