February 14, 2008
Temeka Holliam: Mother, full-time employee
Temeka Holliam is a working mom who has been on home hemodialysis for four months. Since she made the switch to HHD, Temeka has seen her energy level increase greatly, giving her energy to spend time with her son and work full time. This is her story.
I have been on home hemodialysis for four months now, and my, how my life has changed. The biggest and most noticeable difference is that I have more (lots) of energy. It is amazing to hear my family, friends and co-workers tell me how much energy they have noticed that I have now. Speaking of co-workers, I am no longer leaving work at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to go to the center. Therefore, my work production has increased, and I am readily available for my staff.
During the first week or so of my starting home hemodialysis, I was able to dose down and finally be taken completely off my high blood pressure medications. I was very excited about that, and to this date, I am still not taking any blood pressure medications. My blood pressure has been at a good rate.
The most important advantage of home hemodialysis for me is that I am able to spend time with my son without being tired. I am able to attend his sports activities, attend PTSA meetings, conferences, etc. His high school years will not pass me by because I am too tired to participate.
I would recommend home hemodialysis for anyone who wants to have an active life. Home hemodialysis is private and personal. And it puts you in control of your health needs.
For more information about home hemodialysis, visit www.davita.com/home.