February 12, 2008
Making the switch
Many things in life may seem like too much trouble. It may seem like too much trouble to move closer to your family. It may seem like too much trouble to reconnect with old friends. It may seem like too much trouble to date. It may also seem like too much trouble to switch from in-center to home hemodialysis.
However, often it’s the things that seem like too much trouble that yield the greatest rewards when they are done. How will you ever meet the man or woman of your dreams if you don’t date? And how will you ever experience the freedom and health that you long for if you don’t give home hemodialysis a try?
Transitioning from in-center to home hemodialysis is not hard and can be done in four to eight weeks, depending on how fast you learn–a short period of time to devote in order to experience the many benefits of home dialysis.
If you and your doctor decide that home dialysis is right for you, you will choose a care partner who will go through the training with you and assist you with the home dialysis treatments. You and your care partner will go to a local dialysis center for training. When you have completed your training, your training nurse will go to your house to oversee your first home dialysis session.
You will also keep the same nephrologist, and you will have monthly in-center visits with your care team. With the new home dialysis equipment on the market, you will probably not need to make any plumbing or electrical modifications to your home. If you do, your health care team will help you arrange for this.
The point is, it’s not hard to switch from in-center to home hemodialysis, and it doesn’t take too long. Stop making excuses, and talk to your doctor about it.
Visit www.davita.com/home for more information on home hemodialysis.