So my dad met with the vascular surgeon this past Thursday. Basically, the fistula is probably going to take six more weeks before it is ready for dialysis. The vein has to get much larger and tougher before it can stand up to the dialysis machine. If he requires dialysis before that, then they can do an emergency jugular or subclavian access, but that can cause problems later down the road, so they want to avoid it is possible.
Dad is still getting short of breath just by walking across a room, so he has to rest frequently just to do simple tasks. He is still dealing with swelling in his feet and legs, and that seems to come and go. The more he is able to rest and keep his feet elevated, the better he does.
I have my evaluation at Emory on Tuesday. Please pray that the tests go well. We are hopeful that everything will work out so that we can move forward with the transplant before Dad has to start dialysis.