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« on: September 06, 2019, 09:53:06 AM »

Hi, I am new to the board. I am the director of a dialysis program in the Black Hills of SD serving a 200 mile radius and 200 patients in a very rural and challenging area. I am always looking for insight from dialysis patients as to what we can do ease their time my caregivers and myself.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 02:24:50 PM »

Welcome to the site Sodakbrit


I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left

1983 high proteinloss in urine, chemo, stroke,coma, dialysis
1984 double nephrectomy
1985 transplant from dad
1998 lost dads kidney, start PD
2003 peritineum burst, back to hemo
2012 start Nxstage home hemo
       still on waitinglist, still ok I think
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2019, 09:10:14 AM »

1.  Make sure you have high quality internet for patient use.

2.  If you do not have them in place, set up home PD and Hemo programs. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2019, 04:35:40 PM »

Make sure you have the best of chairs as old cheap chairs can be very uncomfotable after a few hours. also wifi is convenient.

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 08:02:02 PM »

Acclimate new patients as to what they will need to be comfortable during treatment.  Blanket, beverage, book or tablet etc., and what they can expect from the clinic such as what the ambient indoor temperature will be, how to set up their ride to the clinic (unnecessary if they are driving themselves of course), whether they are allowed to eat during treatment, when monthly blood testing is drawn and a visit with the clinic nutritionist.  I'm sure there is more but I cannot think of anything else right now.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my kidneys the most.
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