I found a great article at Davita.com that talks about “Adjusting to Life on Dialysis” It gets right to the point and gives some very practical things you should do. Even for patients who’ve been on dialysis for a while, this in very relevant.
Davita.com is also a wonderful resource for Diet considerations. They have menu planners and recipes that make cooking kidney-friendly meal a wiz! Take a look at their page on “Kidney Diet Tips“. I’ll be posting soon about “Dialysis and Diet” but I wanted to include this since I was already referencing their site.
I wrote a while back about “Dialysis and Acceptance” which is more philosophical about adjusting to life on dialysis but the article from Davita is an excellent resource for specific things you can do to adjust to life on dialysis. Take a look and
I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time.
In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee
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