Personal stories about choosing a type of dialysis
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Kristeen, age 26 : I have had kidney problems
ever since I was born. So really, I have grown up knowing how to do peritoneal
dialysis. I like it because I can do most of my exchanges overnight and go to
college during the day.
Saul, age 69 : I never really considered
hemodialysis. It just wouldn't work for me. I live way out-it's an hour's drive
to the nearest clinic-and I can't spend all that time on the road and away.
I've got a farm to run. Oh, at first I was a little bit dazed by what you have
to do with peritoneal dialysis-putting on the gloves and the mask, dealing with
the catheter, all that. But you get used to it, and then it's pretty
Georgia, age 34 : I am on the waiting list for
a kidney transplant. In the meantime, I chose peritoneal dialysis so I could be
home with my kids as much as possible. I like taking care of the treatments
myself. It makes me feel less like a patient all the time.
Ed, age 58 : I have been on hemodialysis for
about 3 years now. I've gotten used to the schedule, and in fact, I have some
friends who are at the center at the same time. The people who work there are
really nice and helpful, and I feel I'm getting the best care out there.
Marita, age 76 : I haven't worked a regular job
in a long time, but I am able to use my time at the dialysis center to piece
quilts that my daughter puts together and sells for me. Another woman who comes
there knits, so we sit and chat while we have our dialysis.
Luis, age 45 : Besides having kidney failure, I
have inflammatory bowel disease, so peritoneal dialysis wasn't an option for
me. I am lucky to have a wife who got trained in hemodialysis, so she does my
treatments. I like the freedom it gives me to have my treatments in the comfort
of my own home.
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
D.C. Mendelssohn, MD, FRCPC - Nephrology
November 13, 2007
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 13, 2007
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