I complete 17 years on Daily Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis today

My Home HD setup

It was 2006. I walked into my nephrologist, Dr. Girish Narayen's consultation room. He could see I was not happy. I had to give up Peritoneal Dialysis (PD), which had given me my life back. I was quite upset that I could no longer do PD. It was then that he told me about Daily Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis. It was some extraordinary foresight from him. At that time, hardly anyone was doing hemodialysis at home. And probably no one was doing more frequent, longer duration hemodialysis in India. 

This did not deter Dr. Narayen. He asked me to explore it. I got onto the internet and started reading up about this modality. A lot of good things were being said. I was intrigued. I was also quite unsure. What if something happened during dialysis? How would it be handled?

I visited the homes of patients doing home hemodialysis in Mumbai. They were not doing daily nocturnal but just twice or thrice weekly sessions at home. After a lot of thinking and researching, I finally decided to take the plunge.

I can confidently say if it wasn't for this modality, I would not be alive today. Not only am I alive but I am doing fairly well. I am happy. I lead an almost normal life.

I am truly grateful for this modality!

You can read more about the entire journey in my book, 'Silver Lining', being released on the 22nd May. You can pre-order your copy here.


Nisha said…
Awesome ..Kamal . Keep inspiring. God bless!waiting for your book ☺️��ushabalu
Anonymous said…
Super Kamal, you are an inspiration for a lot of us and thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Krishnan said…
Inspiring as always
Neeraj said…
Kamal, you can surely upgrade your bed for better comfort . A bed which allows you to position yourself in sitting postures (kinda self controlled one than manually driven needed others help).
But, yes at times when you are ar driver's seat then chances of errors gets increased too.
Kamal D Shah said…
Thanks for all your comments Neeraj.