An unneeded scare

PATIENTS undergoing peritoneal dialysis must adhere strictly to every order and advice from the nephrologists and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) nurses, no matter how trivial or mundane they may appear to be. Taking them lightly could lead to dire... more »

Making the days count

THE common perception regarding people who are living with life-threatening diseases is that we must look sickly and weak. We are also expected to be despondent all the time. Friends I met who knew what I was going through, because... more »

Change is possible

WHEN it rains, it pours. How true that was for me earlier this month. I was just recovering from surgery and had started working. There is now a catheter sticking out from beside my navel. Another incision was made below... more »

Decluttering is hard work

WHEN I moved to Kuala Lumpur from Penang, I arrived with one duffel bag of clothes. Inside were three pairs of long pants and polo shirts respectively, a few sarongs, and a packet of adult diapers. That was all I... more »

The beginning of another journey

THE surgery to insert the Tenckhoff catheter into my abdomen went on as scheduled last week. This is to allow me to perform continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). It was supposed to be done under local anaesthesia but I was... more »

My moment of truth

“ARE you still interested?” the person on the other end of the line asked. She introduced herself as the staff nurse of the hospital’s CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis) unit. “Yes, I am,” I replied. My voice was shuddering. “Your... more »
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