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Adam_W
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Me with Baron von Fresenius

« on: May 01, 2007, 02:45:04 PM »

Has anyone had the idea of obtaining, or have actually obtained a full sized machine (Fresenius, Baxter, etc.) for home use, and a NxStage machine just for travel? I'm sure insurance would not pay for a second machine or supplies for it, but it seems like a nice idea if the second machine and supplies could be purchased. It would allow you to benefit from the advantages of both machines. Just a thought.

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-Diagnosed with ESRD (born with one kidney, hypertension killed it) Jan 21st, 2007
-Started dialysis four days later in hospital (Baxter 1550-I think, then Gambro Phoenix)
-Started in-centre dialysis Feb 6th 2007 (Fres. 2008H)
-Started home hemo June 5th 2007 (NxStage/Pureflow)
-PD catheter placed June 6th 2008 (Bye bye NxStage, at least for now)
-Started CAPD July 4th, 2008
-PD catheter removed Dec 2, 2008-PD just wouldn't work, so I'm back on NxStage
-Kidney function improved enough to go off dialysis, Feb. 2011!!!!!
-Back on dialysis (still NxStage) July 2011 :(
-In-centre self-care dialysis March 2012 (Fresenius 2008K)
-Not on transplant list yet.


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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007, 04:12:51 PM »

I didn't think there was any advantage the big machines had over the NxStage?   ???
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007, 04:52:06 PM »

The full sized machines have some features that the NxStage doesn't have (or so I've heard), such as UF profiling (which I use during every treatment), sodium variation, automatic blood pressure monitor, and some have heparin pumps.

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-Diagnosed with ESRD (born with one kidney, hypertension killed it) Jan 21st, 2007
-Started dialysis four days later in hospital (Baxter 1550-I think, then Gambro Phoenix)
-Started in-centre dialysis Feb 6th 2007 (Fres. 2008H)
-Started home hemo June 5th 2007 (NxStage/Pureflow)
-PD catheter placed June 6th 2008 (Bye bye NxStage, at least for now)
-Started CAPD July 4th, 2008
-PD catheter removed Dec 2, 2008-PD just wouldn't work, so I'm back on NxStage
-Kidney function improved enough to go off dialysis, Feb. 2011!!!!!
-Back on dialysis (still NxStage) July 2011 :(
-In-centre self-care dialysis March 2012 (Fresenius 2008K)
-Not on transplant list yet.


"Don't live for dialysis, use dialysis to LIVE"
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007, 07:34:30 PM »

Maybe if you traveled a lot, but to pull out a machine once every month and then travel and find out it doesn't work would make me nuts.  I guess I would have trust issues.
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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2007, 12:49:57 PM »

The Baxter machine is pretty small and can easily be taken when traveling, I guess its the solution bags that make it bad?
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