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Sunday, 03 July 2011 20:10

Good guys finish last

Written by  Kamal Shah
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I was chatting with two patients at NephroPlus. Both of them were around my age, relatively recently diagnosed, on dialysis for a few months, still coming to terms with this dirty disease.

One of them remarked, "I often think - I never touched alcohol, never smoked, never had any bad habits. Despite this how did I end up with this problem? I had many friends who had every bad habit conceivable. They are all perfectly healthy." The other laughed and said, "Those people will never have any health problems! It is only fools like us who lead good lives that end up with this!" I totally agreed.

I have also experienced this. I was the 'good' guy in my family and at school. I was very well-behaved, conscientious, studious. I was also very religious. My grandmother once famously remarked that I was the 'essence of correctness', a phrase that has come back to haunt me from time to time.

Yet I was the guy who got diagnosed with this life-changing illness.

Even among people on dialysis, I get the best possible dialysis. Very few people get the amount of dialysis I do. I am also very proactive about my health. I research about my condition, try to read up about my condition and participate in the forums on the internet. In spite of all this, I have all the co-morbidities of long term kidney disease. I am now battling a skin condition.

On the other hand, I know of people who get dialysed barely twice a week, do not control their diet, don't even visit their doctor regularly, are least bothered about their condition and the new research that is coming out. Yet, they are totally normal apart from the dialysis bit.

All three of us agreed that we shouldn't have been so good and should have 'enjoyed life' so to speak. Its too late now though and our medical conditions forbid us from doing anything even remotely intemperate. Well, there we go again!

... http://www.kamaldshah.com/2011/07/good-guys-finish-last.html

Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah

Hello, I'm Kamal from Hyderabad, India. I have been on dialysis for the last 13 years, six of them on PD, the rest on hemo. I have been on daily nocturnal home hemodialysis for the last four and half years. I can do pretty much everything myself. I love to travel and do short weekend trips or longer trips to places which have dialysis centers. Goa in India is a personal favorite. It is a great holiday destination and has two very good dialysis centers.

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