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  • #16
    Roger521 preparation for home dialysis will depend on the home modality that you are on. A home dialysis nurse will perform a home visit during training or when you initiate your first home treatment to ensure you are set up for success to perform dialysis at home. Storage space is needed for supplies and access to sink for hand washing is necessary. A place to drain dialysis effluent after a PD treatment is completed will also be necessary. If you are going to be on peritoneal dialysis you may need a bedside table for a cycler which enables the performance of automated PD during the night. If you are going to be on home hemodialysis it will depend on the equipment type that you train on but you may need specific supplies to connect to a water source. Working with your dialysis care team to ensure you are well informed is important and they can guide you on setting up at home. Talk with your nephrologist, home dialysis nurse, renal dietician and social worker to help you get prepared for your transition to a home modality. Good luck on your journey and let us know how the transition home goes for you. and your loved ones.
    MichelleDaVitaRN

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    • #17
      My brother in Lahore, Pakistan has shrinking kidneys and is thinking of getting a kidney dialysis machine to help purify his blood. Can you recommend a low-cost solution?

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      • #18
        What are the differences between PD & HHD, and what are the major pros & cons of each??

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        • #19
          what does a schedule look like for home Hemo dialysis

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          • #20
            How do I set up the bedroom for home CCPD? How much flexibility is there in locating the cycler relative to the bed, both distance and height? How can I use the bathroom at night if the patient line doesn't allow me to get to the toilet?

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            • #21
              My husband started dialysis at a clinic a year ago. In September we went for classes for in home hd. When he went to the clinic the days he had dialysis he came home confused and exhausted but that feeling faded the next day and he felt well by that afternoon. He had Saturday and Sunday "off" and led a fairly full life on the weekend. We explored PD and home HD and thought home HD would give him a better option of possible travel and a fuller life. In the last two months he has declined while on in home HD with periodic hospitalizations. We are told that his feelings of total exhaustion and weakness are a result of looking for the right balance of fluid intake and removal. He is 73 and has had many health challenges, but his optimism and strong will have served us well. I'm afraid that this continual exhaustion will lead to hopelessness of ever having any quality of life. We have been together for 50 years and I'm afraid of what's ahead for us but want to know to prepare. His nephrologist expressed to our nurse that he was "not surprised" my husband is not doing well on in home and recommended a change to PD. I don't know if he has the strength to go through another process/training. Any thoughts, please?

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