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Dialysis is driving me crazy.

Dialysis is driving me crazy.


3 weeks ago we replaced the pureflow control unit, because ours failed a conductivity test. I primed one pak and made one sak, and when I went to do the next sak it said pak exhausted. I put our back up one in it and it wouldn’t prime the pak. Nxstage sent more, and a USB drive to pull the information from our machine. We went through about 4 paks before they decided to replace the control unit, again. So far I’ve primed a pak and made a sak. Hopefully this one works decently for a while. I can’t stand hanging bags everyday.  And I have social anxiety so I hate talking on the phone! And I was on the phone with them at least once a day.

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Why I’ve been absent

Sorry that I’ve been absent and haven’t been able to provide you guys with any new and useful information. My wifi went out for several weeks, and that left me with no way of getting on here. I apologize for that. We’ve been extra busy lately with dialysis and my crochet orders. I’m working on a blanket at the moment for another crocheter, who doesn’t have the time to do it on her own.


I’ve also been trying to get my patterns out there more, so that I can continue to help support my family.



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Dialysis Patients and Temperatures

This does not substitute medical advice from your doctor. If you feel like something is wrong or off, contact them. They are more knowledgeable, well some of them anyway.

If you are a dialysis patient, you most likely know that your temperature runs a little lower than normal people. For example, grandma’s temp. normally runs about 96.5-97.0 degrees Fahrenheit. If your temperature runs 2 degrees above what it normally does, then that’s considered a fever for dialysis patients. Which in turn could indicate a cold, infection any many other things.

Most people ignore taking their temperature. But I recommend taking it several days to weeks daily, so you know what your “normal” temperature is.

If grandmas reaches 99.2 degrees, we automatically give her something to prevent it going higher and we call the treatment center HHD (Home hemodialysis) nurse, and follow her instructions. If there is redness or the fistula/ graft feels warm to the touch that could indicate an infection in the fistula/graft. I fully recommend seeing your doctor at that point.

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Zesty Chicken Wings

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Seven pounds whole chicken wings yields about 36 wings.
  • Chicken wing drummettes or boneless chicken pieces may be substituted for whole chicken wings. Adjust cooking time to avoid overcooking.

Fluid Retention and Fluid Restriction

What is fluid retention?

Water retention, also known as fluid retention refers to an excessive build up of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. Up to 70% of the human body consists of water – water exists both inside and outside our body’s cells.


What is fluid restriction?

Fluid restriction means that you need to limit the amount of liquids you have each day. Fluid restriction is needed if your body is holding water. This is called fluid retention. Fluid retention can cause health problems, such as tissue and blood vessel damage, long-term swelling, and stress on the heart.


Why do dialysis patients have fluid restrictions?

This means, in the days between your dialysis treatments, your body holds on to excess fluid and waste your kidneys cannot remove. Going over your recommended fluid allowance can cause swelling and increase your blood pressure, which makes your heart work harder.


Is fluid restriction different for those doing home hemo-dialysis rather than in center hemo-dialysis?

Yes. Patients on home hemo-dialysis have a less strict fluid restriction. Reason being, they have more dialysis treatments throughout the week, which gives them the flexibility to pull more fluid off.

If you exceed your fluid allowance, there is a chance an extra dialysis treatment will be needed to pull the remaining fluid off.


What is the average amount dialysis patients doing in center treatments can drink daily?

32 ounces. This amount varies on the amount of urine your body can produce. Sometimes dialysis patients stop urinating all together. Some do not. If you have an average of about 8 ounces of urine over a 24 hour period, it would be safe to say you could have any where from 32-40 ounces daily. Of course, it is recommended you speak with your doctor and find a good amount for you, since everyone varies. Also upon  request they can provide you with a “hat” to set underneath your toilet seat to measure your urine output.

This is just a few questions you may have being answered. If you have any more that I may be of help to, do not hesitate to contact me.