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Desert Dancer
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« on: February 20, 2012, 09:38:24 PM »

Andy and I are traveling to New Jersey for a week-and-a-half in May and the ONLY DaVita clinic is an hour away from his mom's house. There are only two dialysis clinics near her home; one is a DCA clinic and the other is physician-owned.

My question is: just because I am a DaVita patient does that mean I HAVE to go to a DaVita clinic when I travel? Certainly it would probably be easier on the clinics involved because it's just an intra-clinic transfer of records and such, but having to travel an hour each way three days out of eight is really going to be a pain in the  :sir ken;.

So, does anyone know? It's probably going to be a moot point anyway because I highly doubt any clinic in that county will let me do self-care and that's a dealbreaker. (It's one of the poorest counties in the nation with some of the worst education levels; I've dealt with the two nephrologists there and they're both paternalistic idiots. One of them actually said, "Pee-Pee" and "Poop" to me during our [last] office visit and his 'care' damn near killed me.) The DaVita clinic is a home hemo training clinic like mine so there will probably be no problems there.

I'm a Medicare-only patient so I'm not sure why I'd have to stay with a particular chain.
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 10:16:19 PM »

My mom dialyzed in a Davita clinic near her home, but whenever she came up here to Chicago to visit me, she'd dialyze either at what will be my clinic (privately owned) or a nearby Fresenius clinic.  She was Medicare only.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 04:45:41 AM »

When I was a Fresenius patient, I dialyzed at a not-for profit center while I was on vacation.  It was the loveliest experience of my in-center life.  The SW didn't seem to have a problem setting me up wherever I wanted to go.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 01:54:48 PM »

No.  I'm a home hemo client w/Davita.  I have done D at a Fresnius Clinic in different towns.  No problem.

Your clinic will help w/the appts.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012, 11:24:50 AM »

Thanks, all! I guess I'll make a couple phone calls, then.
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August 1980: Diagnosed with Familial Juvenile Hyperurecemic Nephropathy (FJHN)
8.22.10:   Began dialysis through central venous catheter
8.25.10:   AV fistula created
9.28.10:   Began training for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis on a Fresenius Baby K
10.21.10: Began creating buttonholes with 15ga needles
11.13.10: Our first nocturnal home treatment!

Good health is just the slowest possible rate at which you can die.

The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be.

The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2012, 03:54:00 PM »

Oh, yay, yay, YAY!!!  :bandance; :bandance; :bandance; :bandance;

I found a clinic 4 MILES AWAY that will let me do self-care! I will have to bring my own blunts since they don't have any buttonhole supplies there, but I can do my own thing!  Woo-HOO! Much better than having to drive an hour each way. And I may be able to get the 5:00 AM shift so we'll have all our days free.

Unfortunately there's no way I can get more than four hour treatments, though. Guess I'll have to ship out my binders and stick to a renal diet that week. Ugh.
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August 1980: Diagnosed with Familial Juvenile Hyperurecemic Nephropathy (FJHN)
8.22.10:   Began dialysis through central venous catheter
8.25.10:   AV fistula created
9.28.10:   Began training for Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis on a Fresenius Baby K
10.21.10: Began creating buttonholes with 15ga needles
11.13.10: Our first nocturnal home treatment!

Good health is just the slowest possible rate at which you can die.

The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just twice as large as it needs to be.

The early bird may get the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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