Welcome, ZenaBG. Yes. It is getting realer by the day. I agree with Simon Dog to be sure to check out the home dialysis options before settling in to one form of dialysis. I have been doing Peritoneal Dialysis since last Spring and much prefer it to in-center Hemo. You might have to recalibrate your diabetes management a bit to accommodate the added dextrose (in the PD fluid), but that can usually work. I like it because it is least intrusive to my life style and gives me the widest berth in food and fluid intake. And there are NO NEEDLES. Good luck in making the decisions and adjustments ahead.
I think that he main reason the Dr would like me to do it at Center is that right now I live myself & nobody would be there in case something would happen.
Look at small independent clinics some have the equipment to do remote monitoring of at home patients thru the internet. There is one in Saratoga 30 miles from my house in the Adirondacks.
A family friend in his 50's recently opted to discontinue D and die, with a big part of his motivation being to "go be with his dog".
I have TOYS that I like to play with.
I'm not a fan of the Center so we will have to see. I have questions about the dialysis fistulas .. I go for the vein mapping next week UHG