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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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Strawberry High Protein Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1 fruit, medium potassium
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices

1-1/2

Helpful hints

  • Pasteurized liquid egg white is safe to consume without cooking.
  • If substituting frozen fruit add 1/4 cup water instead of the 1/2 cup ice. The degree of “frozenness” will determine how much your blender will be able to take. It will also give a more “soft serve” consistency than a smoothie, which is great in the warmer season.
  • Adjust sugar or low calorie sweetener to taste.
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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

1

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.
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Strawberry Delight Dialysis Friendly Recipe

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 starch
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1-1/2 fat
  • 1-1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices

2-1/2

Helpful hints

  • This dessert will keep for several weeks in the freezer if covered well with plastic wrap and foil.
  • Nuts are high in potassium and phosphorus, but can still be used in very small amounts if your labs are controlled. The 1/3-cup pecans in this recipe provides 40 mg potassium and 28 mg phosphorus per serving.
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How Diabetes leads to dialysis

Over 17 million people live with diabetes. 1/3 of those people aren’t aware they have it. If your body does not produce insulin to break down the sugars and dispose of them, they stay in your blood stream. Over time, these sugars damage tiny blood veins, and the filters in your kidneys. When the filters get damaged, more waste and toxins enter the blood stream. It is a very slow process, and many people show no signs or symptoms. The waste and toxins can also be found as extra fluid around the heart and around or in the lungs. If the problem persists without treatment of any kind, the fluid and toxins will continue to build. If they build around your heart, there’s CHF. (Congestive heart failure.) If the fluid builds in your lungs, it can cause pneumonia. If you don’t do dialysis to remove the fluid buildup and toxins, you can essentially drown to death. Dialysis consists of being stuck with 15 gauge needles( size depends on the patient and the access or fistula). Dialysis filters the toxins out, and acts as your kidneys. Dialysis patients either go to a center 3x weekly, or do other forms of dialysis. If you’re in center, it’s 4-5 hours each time. If you do home dialysis(what I do for nana) it is 2 1/2 hours sometimes more. The amount of days depends on your doctor and your lab results. The point is, no one wants to sit hooked up, watching your blood travel through a machine, for an average of 10-12 hours weekly. Take care of your kidneys! They do more than you know. I see what nana goes through 5/7 days a week. It sucks, it really does. Do what you can now, to prevent making your life difficult and irrationally repetitive later in life.