My name is Thomas Lehn, I'm 63 Years old, I am married and live in Ingelheim in Germany. I work as IT-engeneer for 40 years.
1970, I was one of the first children at hemodialysis in Germany and now I think, there is still no other younger person in the world with longer time at hemodialysis.
I was never kidney tranplanted.
home-hemodialysis since 1983.
In the year of 1983 we began with home-hemodialysis
Training. Shortly, after 3 weeks we have had the
first dialysis session at home.
my healthness and my psychicaland physical condition
was perfect for the dialysis at home. My vascular access
was easily to puncture. No complications during the
dialysissession were expected and I had and still have
my partner Beate.
Homedialysis is the best Treatment for the self-
the dialysisregime for my individual requirements.
flexible dialysis days
less complications (better vascular access life time)
higher expectation of life (minus physiological
better health, better quality of life
better mental performance and stay in job
longtime dialysis (dialysistime = lifetime)
the change to getting influenca or
Corona Virus is less
I was one of the first children in Germany at hemodialysis and now, I think, there is still no younger person in the world with longer time at dialysis!
MY FIRST HEMODIALYSIS
One upon a time my nurse said: " Oh my god, from Tommy will be Thomas!"
Over the years, the dialysis machines became better and saver. The capillary kidney and the plate-kidneys came on the market, who cleaned the blood better and faster. Better technology (Fresenius FMC) shorter dialysistime.
I made my education with teachers and as a guest-student in school. Last but not least ultimatetly with success, with the high school leaving examination. My youth was not much different, to my healthy young friends.
1974 I meet my Beate. We were in love. You can see it here. We spend nice times together.
2015 - 2020
Vascular Access problems
Unfortunately I always have problems with my fistula (Coretex prothesis).
2009 - Silver wedding
1985 - Building my house
1985 - Marriage
1983 - Home-Hemodialysis
1980 - Job: IT system engeneer
1978 - finish school with diplome
1974 - Car accident in Switzerland
1974 - Driver licence
1971 - first A/V vascular access (Shunt)
1970 - first Hemodialyisi with Scribner Shunt
1960 - kidney removal (right)
1956 - born
1956 - 2009
Here on the left picture you can see me, before my first hemodialysis session in 1970. I was fourteen years old and I was very ill.
The uremia was so far advanced, that my life was hanging on a thin thread. The doctors did not make a lot of hope for any improvement to my parents in that condition. At that timepoint, there were no experience, how long can children be alive with hemodialysis? Maybe 2 years survival time expected with dialysis. Nobody knew it!
Here more picturese from my first dialysistime in Heidelberg (Germany) in 1970