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Thursday, May 26, 2005 12:33 PM

I support your efforts for basic human care


I am a physician assistant in nephrology (dialysis) in the United States and have been in practice for 14 years. I see many patients of all ages and with many co-morbidities elect to undergo kidney replacement therapies. As you know, in the US everyone can get dialysis via private or government payers.

What has always been noted by me is that only the patient has a true judge of his/her own quality of life. I was just doing my quality of life questionnaires with and elderly HIV+, diabetic gentleman who rated himself as the best he can be and honestly stated that his illness does not interfere with his life. He just deals with it. By the way, he attends our new nocturnal dialysis program for 8 hours 3x/week. Looking at him and reading his chart one might gather an opinion that he would be better served as being let to die. But, the true person is actually full of life, more so than many of the medical residents at the hospital.

Our government is beginning to hear how quality of life issues impact on patients care. I do think that such tools and studies could be used in the future to support patients RIGHT TO LIFE!!

I support your efforts for basic human care. God bless you and your family and friends.

Laura Troidle

Thursday, May 26, 2005 7:16 PM

Thanks for e-mailing me Laura. It is really good to know that there are some members of the medical professions out there who understand the value of LIFE. When we contract a serious illness or disability its just one of the additional challenges that life has a habit of throwing at us. Once you get over the initial shock it doesn't seem half as bad from the inside as it did from the outside as long as you get adequate care. The Nocturnal dialysis programme sounds an absolutely fantastic idea.

I hope that more and more doctors will come round to your way of thinking. Many still seem to be immersed in the popular dogma that believes that illness and disability is so terrible that death is merited.

Would it be alright if I included our correspondence on the willltolive website?

Thanks for caring.


Dear Gill,
Certainly you may. God Bless you and your program.
Laura Troidle