Thanks for getting back. I’ve got to think that somewhere on the planet stem cell has been tried with humans for kidneys. It is a very well respected treatment for some cancers and heart problems. Your reply is pretty much what I’ve seen in my own research. I will probably reach out to some of the centers that are doing the research to see what kind of response I get. That would be Harvard (Brigham & Womens in Boston) and USC. By the way, there are plenty of quacks that offer stem cell as a treatment. Here is one that responded almost immediately to my request for info – http://bit.ly/1fWRcXE.
Regarding my current dialysis, yes I am very pleased with my treatment. I started in clinic and was there from about 4/14 until 5/15 when I began PD. The people in the clinic were great but, I am not a fan of in-clinic – at all. I did not have any bad experiences but I do believe that in-clinic is sub-standard treatment – not to mention the interruption it has in your life. In fact, I believe studies on mortality point that out.
I switched to PD on June 1 and have never looked back. I am on a cycler with hopes of reducing my time by going to manual exchanges. If that does not work, the cycler is great and I can sure live with it. For me, it was much more simple as compared to home-hemo. There are clearly pros and cons of both. I’m sure some people have good reasons for staying in-clinic but for the life of me (literally) I don’t understand why more don’t go home.