I am 64-year-old man with a long history of dealing with CKD and dialysis. I started doing peritoneal dialysis in 2005 and continued until I got a transplant in 2009. I think I was probably lucky that I didn't have to wait longer. My kidney has been holding up, but my eGFR has been hanging around 15 for several months. My nephrologist says she thought I'd be on dialysis months ago. I'm trying to stave off dialysis as long as I can, but I feel I should be prepared.
I have decided that I would rather do in-center hemodialysis this time around. Doing PD at home was fine when I was younger, but I don't think I can face dealing with the supplies and setting up the machine every night. I think I would rather let a professional be responsible. I already have a fistula ready to go.
What I'm wondering is this: What is the social life like in the dialysis center? Do people talk with each other, or do they keep to themselves? Should I bring my tablet so I can read books and watch movies? Or should I be ready to engage in scintillating conversation with my fellow patients?