If you’re new to dialysis, we understand how daunting the process can seem. For better or worse, dialysis is now a part of your life: and that means getting used to a whole new routine in your day-to-day life. While state-of-the-art dialysis treatments can help you stay healthy even if you’re suffering from kidney disease, it’s still difficult to adjust to the new equipment, terms, information, and routine. To help out, here are a few tips for making the adjustment to dialysis just a little bit easier.
1. Everything One Day at a Time: Especially when you’re just getting used to dialysis, it can feel enormously overwhelming. Between dialysis appointments, at-home blood tests, weighings, and everything else, it’s easy to feel buried under a pile of endless responsibilities. When you’re just getting started, it’s important to take everything one day at a time. By focusing on the tasks in front of you, you can make everything seem a bit more manageable until you get into the routine of things.
2. Start Habits Early: While it may be overwhelming, the beginning of your dialysis treatment is an important time that will have a large effect on the rest of your treatment. As much as you can, focus on creating good, healthy habits in the beginning. By creating a routine of good habits in the beginning, you’ll make it easier to stay on top of your treatment later on.
3. Learn as Much as Your Can: When it comes to dialysis and kidney disease, knowledge is power. Research your condition, treatment, and medications to learn as much as you can about your own situation. Having this knowledge will help you work better with your treatment team to take better care of yourself, and it can also be comforting to understand everything happening with your body.
4. Advocate for Yourself: No matter what your condition or situation, you’re always your best advocate. Be diligent about taking your blood tests and other measurements on time, and if you notice something that seems odd, don’t hesitate to bring it up with your doctor. Staying proactive with your treatment is the best way to protect your health.
5. Draw on Your Network: Even if you don’t realize it, you likely have a big network of people who would love to support you – so use it! Call on your loved ones in a time of need for strength, support, and care. There’s nothing wrong with needing a little help, and almost everyone is happy to help a loved one in need.
6. Keep it Positive: A positive attitude makes anything in life easier, and the more you can cultivate positivity in yourself, the easier your treatment will be and the better you’ll heal. Try making a practice of writing daily affirmations, meditation, keeping a gratitude journal, or anything else that helps you maintain a positive outlook.
We hope you find these tips helpful for starting your own dialysis, and if you have any more questions about dialysis or want to find out more about our in-office and at-home dialysis treatments, we’d love to speak with you. Feel free to give us a call at 610.892.4700 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions or to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your kidneys and whole body healthy.