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    Well I was thinking of getting a portable DVD and waching some movies while I am on the machine. Even listening to a CD player, or a lab top, thats if its in your budget. Hey just a few suggestion. I am going to start doing my reading while in treatement. Well thats thats for now. Take care all and have a bless day.

    Shay

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    Lots of things to do on dialysis

    Everyone at dialysis makes fun of me, because I don't walk in with my tiny dialysis bag that the company gives you....I walk in with a duffle bag that's big enough to pack for a week long stay somewhere! LOL! It's full of stuff for me to do, because sitting there for so long, I just can't do one thing to keep me occupied. I have a sketch pad, and my drawing utensils (I draw people sleeping around me, hehe) and I have a book, a solitare game, my cd player, most of my cd's. I was thinking of getting a lap top also, but need to save up for that one!

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    • #3
      Bah, I just ask for a 50 spot of IV benidryl and that knocks me out for most of the treatment. Otherwise I keep along my MP3 player and listen to that. I also use the headphones of my MP3 player to watch TV (we have individual TV's for each chair, but in order to get sound, you need to have headphones). We also have a DVD player in the dialysis unit, so on rare occasions, I'll bring in a DVD to watch. The good thing about that is that ANYONE can watch it at the same time with their TV's if they choose.

      KidneyBoy

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      • #4
        I think I'd be more like Shelley...I have a roll-away fold up cart full of art materials and I warned my husband that he will have to buy me a computer notebook now.
        They have me on cellcept hoping to avoid dialysis a long as possible for a better chance for a transplant.

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        • #5
          Rolling cart

          I,too, have a rolling cart equipped with my DVD player, headphones, fuzzy blanket, word puzzle, book, and eye mask that plays nature sounds. I just got a laptop with wireless internet, but the networks it picks up are all secure.

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          • #6
            I've had a rough beginning. Mostly I just want to sleep. I arrive early in the morning with my small tape recorder and listen to books on tape now. I get the fistula put in next week.

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            • #7
              Do not feel bad about your bag!....I go in with a big bag too.I carry :
              a pillow
              a blanket
              a cd player and many cd's
              a dvd player and several movies
              a sheet
              a bottle of water
              2 pairs of headphones
              spare batteries
              Those other folks may smirk at first....but they'll be jealous after about 2 hours!

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              • #8
                internet and movies

                I feel like I am pretty lucky as far as things to do on the machine, I have a laptop and my unit has internet access, so I never run out of things to do at the unit, but I always stop by the local Blockbuster and pick up the newest DVD to watch just in case I get bored online. I am the type of person that will not fall asleep as long as those needles are in me so I always need something to keep my mind working. I was also thinking about taking somekind of classes online, but procrastination is something I still need to work on.

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                • #9
                  hi

                  i usually sleep the whole time because that way if i crash i don't feel it and i'm asleep. plus sleeping the whole time keeps me rested and ready fr the rest of the day that way i don't feel so worn out.
                  Robin

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                  • #10
                    Chess & Checkers

                    Some patients play chess and checkers with eachother while dialyzing!!

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                    • #11
                      iPods and movies

                      I also have just started my dialysis so I sleep most of the time right now. We also have individual tv's for each chair and they even furnish our ear phones! But after I can stay awake I have an iPod I will take so I can listen to music or watch a movie I WANT to see. I'm also saving up for that laptop! lol

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                      • #12
                        Musical instrument

                        Hi,

                        What are the limit on what you can bring into a dialysis center? Or what a visitor can do there?
                        Today, one visitor was starting to play some kind of wind musical instrument around 6:30am. That thing was so loud that some other paitients compared it to a motor cycle. Shouldn't some employee from DaVita ask that person to stop? It is not just one song or two. That person did not stop and leave until 8:00am.

                        Johnnie

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ulfric
                          Hi,

                          What are the limit on what you can bring into a dialysis center? Or what a visitor can do there?
                          Today, one visitor was starting to play some kind of wind musical instrument around 6:30am. That thing was so loud that some other paitients compared it to a motor cycle. Shouldn't some employee from DaVita ask that person to stop? It is not just one song or two. That person did not stop and leave until 8:00am.

                          Johnnie
                          I would say YES and the reason is that there are people trying to sleep or concentrate on activities of their own. I suggest that you go to the unit administrator and ask them to make a list of items/activities that are allowed and post the listing somewhere obvious for all to see. Your dialysis experience should not be overwhelmed by anothers activities beyond those required to maintain an individuals personal health. Simply put, if you cant do it in a library, you cant do it in a dialysis unit either. Please keep us informed. If I have to contact Davita on your behalf, I will.

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                          • #14
                            I like to study music. It really helps me go someplace else in my mind, but actually playing an instrument while dialyzing, that would be inconsiderate.

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                            • #15
                              well, I'm on the first shift, beginning at 6:45, so I usually watch TV for a little while then fall asleep until I'm just about done.

                              When I'm on other shifts, I just watch TV. I always bring a book and a word search puzzle book, but they shut the lights off, so you can't do any reading. The nurses joke around saying DaVita said shut the lights off to save money. Somehow I don't think they're joking.

                              Kim

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