Evansville Courier and Press | Byron Rohrig
The voice will come back, but she'll be squeaky again after another session Saturday because of fluid depletion. It's one side effect the 56-year-old Perry County, Ind., native suffers after a machine filters waste from her blood, doing the job her kidneys can't.
"My blood pressure drops way down, to the 70s over the 50s — I'm really weak when I get home," she said. "Right now, dialysis is my only way to live, but it's not a nice way to live."
She feels herself going downhill, she says: "I know I'm not as spry as I was a year ago at this time." And she knows the risks of prolonged dialysis.
Doreen Lamar needs a new kidney. She's doubtful, but hopeful, that she'll get one in time.