Kidney Dialysis

Home Dialysis

Well I’m going to do home dialysis. After 3 years of drudgery, going to the center every other day I’ve decided to go for it. Me and my wife start training April 4, it’s got to be better. After beating cancer 3 times and quadruple heart bypass, failure is not an option. I’ll make 71 next month and thought, why bother them I found out the benefits of doing it in the comfort of my own home, doing it when I want every day and the ability to TRAVEL. I’LL let y’all know how it goes and if I can truly recommend it.

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I'm not on dialysis yet. With one remaining kidney, I have a eGFR of 27-30. However, cancer could strike my remaining kidney at any time (OK at the 18-month point). I have visited a DaVita center. I'm 78. Was the distance from home to the center an issue? How about how you were treated as a patient (professionally or not)? My wife and I are 78 and in good health for our age. When your wife can no longer assist in the process, would you then return to hemodialsis?

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I live an hour away from my center it may make some challenges yet if you keep a schedule on the treatment days it's a nice routine.

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Distance wasn’t a problem for me since I was only 2 miles from my clinic but if you are more than an hour away it can certainly be a factor. If for some reason your wife can’t stay as your partner you can always return to the clinic. I personally used Fresminus, the staff was always great, always friendly and professional , for me it was the restrictions of which days and times which limited my activities because I was on their schedule and I suppose the main reason was being able to travel without having to be somewhere on a particular day at a particular time. Hopefully your remaining kidney last and you’ll never need dialysis. I’ll keep you posted on how this journey progresses.

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I've been doing nocturnal/extended dialysis 4-6 times per week for over 15 years and love it. It will take a bit to get into a routine but its well worth it IMHO. You may not need to do it everyday. I don't use the NxStage system, but I still travel and do in-center when out of town. Be empowered! Blessings

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Congratulations on your new freedom, I did Parotoneal dialysis and loved it at home now on in center Hemodialysis and thankful it's working.

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Thanks for encouragement

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Good luck to you! Are you doing home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis?

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I’m doing hemodialysis and can’t wait.

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A couple people who used to go to our center do home hemodialysis, too. I understand you have to have friend or family member to help you with it.

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Yes that’s correct, partner is a must.

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