Have you been advised to undergo dialysis?

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Have you been advised to undergo dialysis?

Have you been advised to undergo dialysis?

Have you been advised to undergo dialysis?

For many people with chronic renal failure, dialysis can be a long term or even lifetime treatment modality. To adjust to this life at the start may not be easy and you need to prepare yourself for this journey.

Educate yourself – Find out as much as you can about dialysis and the treatment options available. There is a lot of educational material available online from different hospitals to organizations and patients’ group.   Ask questions; the renal team is there to help you. It can be difficult to take it all in at first because there seems so much to learn.

Ask for support – Be prepared to talk about how you feel and your concerns. The renal team comprises members who can offer specialist advice and support, and their roles are explained in this book. Counselling is available for both you and your family and can be arranged by speaking to any member of the renal staff.

Maintain relationships – Being on dialysis at first can make you feel ‘different’ from your family and friends. Remember that they do not know what to expect any more than you do. Talk to them and stay involved with them.

Do not let dialysis take over your life – Yes, changes are inevitable, because adjustments have to be made to facilitate dialysis in your life. However, it does not mean you have to put your life ‘on hold’. Despite the restrictions on your time, stay involved as much as practically possible with your other interests such as family activities, work, education, leisure pursuits.

Try to stay positive – This can seem a difficult task. However, if you work at it, it can be managed. Try to concentrate on what you can do rather than what you cannot. Do things that help you to relax.

Be in control – Take charge of yourself. Familiarize yourself with your treatment, your drugs, and your diet and fluid restrictions. They are prescriptions to keep you well, and if you work with them, rather than fight against them, they will help you cope and feel better.

Be in touch with local and national Association – Support from the patients’ association is very helpful and it is advisable to join. Even if you cannot actively attend local meetings, you can be informed about forthcoming events and other support services for patients in their quarterly newsletter.

Healthy lifestyle – Do not forget the basics. Keeping well means taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Eating well and healthily within your dietary restrictions, getting enough sleep, taking some exercise, getting fresh air and relaxation are all important. Also, not smoking and alcohol consumption, in moderation within the fluid/dietary restrictions, will all help you to cope.

Seek help – If you feel unable to cope, talk to a member of staff and consider counselling. Counselling provides a one-to-one confidential opportunity to talk about your problems and receive help to cope. Counselling is available for you and your family.

 

Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS. MD, ASTS Fellow.

 

Have you been advised to undergo dialysis?

 

For many people with chronic renal failure dialysis can be a long term or even lifetime treatment modality. To adjust to this life at the start may not be easy and you need to prepare yourself for this journey.

Educate yourself – Find out as much as you can about dialysis and the treatment options available. There are a lot of educational material available online from different hospitals to organizations and patients’ group.   Ask questions; the renal team is there to help you. It can be difficult to take it all in at first because there seems so much to learn.

Ask for support – Be prepared to talk about how you feel and your concerns. The renal team comprises members who can offer specialist advice and support, and their roles are explained in this book. Counselling is available for both you and your family and can be arranged by speaking to any member of the renal staff.

Maintain relationships – Being on dialysis at first can make you feel ‘different’ from your family and friends. Remember that they do not know what to expect any more than you do. Talk to them and stay involved with them.

Do not let dialysis take over your life – Yes, changes are inevitable, because adjustments have to be made to facilitate dialysis in your life. However, it does not mean you have to put your life ‘on hold’. Despite the restrictions on your time, stay involved as much as practically possible with your other interests such as family activities, work, education, leisure pursuits.

Try to stay positive – This can seem a difficult task. However, if you work at it, it can be managed. Try to concentrate on what you can do rather than what you cannot. Do things that help you to relax.

Be in control – Take charge of yourself. Familiarize yourself with your treatment, your drugs, and your diet and fluid restrictions. They are prescriptions to keep you well, and if you work with them, rather than fight against them, they will help you cope and feel better.

Be in touch with local and national Association – Support from the patients’ association is very helpful and it is advisable to join. Even if you cannot actively attend local meetings, you can be informed about forthcoming events and other support services for patients in their quarterly newsletter.

Healthy lifestyle – Do not forget the basics. Keeping well means taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Eating well and healthily within your dietary restrictions, getting enough sleep, taking some exercise, getting fresh air and relaxation are all important. Also, not smoking and alcohol consumption, in moderation within the fluid/dietary restrictions, will all help you to cope.

Seek help – If you feel unable to cope, talk to a member of staff and consider counselling. Counselling provides a one-to-one confidential opportunity to talk about your problems and receive help to cope. Counselling is available for you and your family.

 

Dr Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS. MD, ASTS Fellow.