Hemo-

dialysis

since 1970

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.

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In the year of 1983 we began with home-hemodialysis
Training.  Shortly, after 3 weeks we have had the
first dialysis session at home
Requirements:
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.
 
Benefits
  • Homedialysis is the best Treatment for the self-
        responsible Patient.
  •  the dialysisregime for my individual requirements.
  •  flexible dialysis days
  •  less complications (better vascular access life time)
  •  higher expectation of life (minus physiological
        and psychological)
  •  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
  •  more benefits.
 

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.

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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.

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Milestones

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2020-08-20

Anniversary 50 years of hemodialysis

According due to the COVID19 Pandemic I celebrate this anniversary next year in the June 2021 with my family, friends, medical stuff and many peple, there are with me.

2015 - 2020

Vascular Access problems

Unfortunately I always have problems with my fistula (Coretex prothesis). 

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2019

high honorable award

I have received this award for my commitment and help for Dialysisatients in the past 25 years.

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2004 - 2014

Holidays all over the world

with hemodiallysis over the World.

 

Taking holidays are a passion from my wife and me. We were in USA, Egypt, in the Dom Rep, in Mexico, in Greece, in Jamaica, South Africa, Canarian Island, and so on.           

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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

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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

 
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CONTACT

Should you have specific questions at me or on this subject, please feel free to contact me by email

thomas.lehn@online.de 

or look at my German Website below.

www.thomas-lehn.de

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