Mr Mistry receiving hemodialysis treatment

My name is Indrajit Mistry and I am 75 years old. I have many health problems, including kidney failure and diabetes. Between 2013 and 2016, I was hospitalized 42 times! The Lakeshore General Hospital has always been there for me, and has even saved my life.

In September of 2016, I was at Fairview and lost consciousness. When I opened my eyes, I was in the Lakeshore ICU. My heart had stopped beating for over 10 minutes — I was clinically dead, but the team managed to resuscitate me with CPR. I spent four days in a coma and stayed in ICU for 4 ½ months.

I first started seeing Dr. Iqbal in 2011 for kidney problems, but the medication I was taking was no longer properly effective and my kidneys were only working at 10%. She made me start hemodialysis right away, which is a treatment that allows to filter wastes and water from the blood, just like kidneys do when they are healthy. During hemodialysis, the blood goes through a filter that works like an artificial kidney. It gets pumped through the filter and returns to the body, removing all the extra fluid.

Hemodialysis

When I first started hemodialysis, I was taking 42 pills a day and was feeling very bad. After the first three months of treatment, my daily dose went down to 19 pills a day, and today I feel a lot better.

I really need to be there for every treatment, or my toxin levels and fluid build up, which is dangerous and uncomfortable. If I miss more than two consecutive treatments, my body gets very swollen, especially my hands and legs, I feel a lot of heaviness, and my face looks like a balloon. Hemodialysis helps me feel a lot better, but it’s not a cure for kidney failure.

Since 2017, I have been coming to the Lakeshore General Hospital three times a week for hemodialysis. Every treatment is 4 hours, and ends with a 20–25 minute follow-up exam. I come by bus in paratransit, so I’m here about two hours before each treatment. I spend around 20 hours per week at the hospital, so I can most definitely say that the Lakeshore General Hospital has become a big part of my life!

Story of Mr Mistry, hemodialysis patientMy Extented Family at the Hospital

When you spend so much time in the hospital, you become really close to the people who work there. I also like talking to people in the waiting room; it makes me feel connected to the community. My neighbour often comes with me. She also has kidney problems but doesn’t need hemodialysis.

My wife passed away 25 years ago and I don’t have children, so I have developed a very special relationship with the doctors and nurses at the Lakeshore. They have become part of my extended family. I feel very good when I come here. I know that I am in good hands and they all greet me with smiles and take very good care of me. I always joke around with Dr. Iqbal and make her smile. I am vegetarian and love to cook. I am originally from Mumbai, India, and I often bring the staff homemade typical Indian meals.

Giving Back to my Community

The hemodialysis team is wonderful and I am very grateful for the excellent care I receive. Giving back is important to me, so a few years ago, I started putting all my small change in a jar and managed to gather $1,000 that I donated to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation to help improve the Hemodialysis Department. I know that by giving to the Foundation, it’s not just me who is benefiting from better health care, it’s the entire West Island community.