When my kidneys failed in 2017, I was put on hemodialysis. The two main types of dialysis, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, remove wastes and excess water from the blood in different ways. Hemodialysis removes wastes and water by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer, that contains a semipermeable membrane. Peritoneal dialyzes through a sack that’s insert into the abdomen and chemicals run through to help get rid of the toxins and extra fluid. This is how I understand the two types of dialysis. I’m unsure why I was put on hemodialysis but I’m sure it has to do with my poor circulation. This poor circulation caused the double amputation. I have a permanent central line that was insert just above my left breast This line goes directly to my heart. I can actually feel it running under my skin. 5 times a week for 4+ hours at a time, I hook myself up to a dialysis machine to clean out my blood and get rid of fluid. Every ounce of fluid i eat or drink stays in my body. I gain anywhere between 0-3kg of fluid in between my dialysis runs. I have to pay special attention to what I eat and drink to ensure I don’t overload my system. I do dialysis at home now, but when I first started I did it 3 times a week 4 hours at a time at a centre. As we are trying to save my hands from having the same fate as my feet my doc got me to do home hemo so that I could do it more frequently. My veins are filling up with gunk and it’s blocking traffic to my limbs. I can only hope that I can find a kidney match as this would be the greatest outcome for me. The best way to prevent the loss of more limbs.