As Requested...

Here are some pictures of my fistula, behind a cut for those of you who get grossed out easily :)


Here's a picture of my fistula, as best I could take it using my left hand to hold the camera out in front of me. Its hard to see in this picture just how large the vein is in the crook of my elbow, but it can be viewed in better detail in the next picture.



This is more of a close-up of my fistula vein. Notice how crooked it is - most people's fistulas are much straighter but mine is like a little snake all the way up my arm. Even though you can't tell, the vein is quite large all the way up into my shoulder and across my chest. Aside from the part where it sticks out in the crook of my elbow the rest of it (as far as what you can see of the size of the vein itself) is deeper within my arm. Note my track marks, even after only 10 months of dialysis :) Also note that toward the top of my fistula it looks bruised - this is not this way all the time, it just so happens that on Friday I had that part of my fistula aneurysm after my treatment (i.e. the vein is weak there and there was a small rupture under the skin.) FYI - People who have dialysis fistulas call them their "life lines" because without them, we couldn't live...