Friday, 20 May 2011 07:37

Daily Dialysis Test

Written by  Steve Bone
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Just a quick update on daily dialysis. I am doing daily for this week only on the Peterborough unit to test blood results on a Fresenius 4008 prior to starting using the NxStage next month. I am doing 6 days at 3 hours on the Fresenius where I will be doing 6 days at 3 hours 40 on the NxStage. Despite doing the few extra minutes on the NxStage I am hoping to see at least the same benefits as I am getting this week. I don’t feel any different, but in fairness I have never really felt any ill effects on dialysis anyway. I need to be more careful now on site selection for needling. I do not use the buttonhole method – never have, so I need  to ensure that after 20 years of having this fistula I do not weaken it by the increased usage daily dialysis will risk. I am fortunate that I can start to use new sites on my arm, and if necessary, at these, I could start to use the buttonhole technique. We’ll see how things progress but I check my fistula closely every time I use it, so I will see any side effects quickly.

When I start training on the NxStage I will blog daily on the experience, the training, the blood results and more. There is certainly a lot of interest in the machine as I have been contacted by many who would like to get one themselves – but this will be down to your local Renal group and their buying policies.

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Steve Bone

Steve Bone

Hi, I'm Steve and have been a dialysis patient on some form of self-care or other since 1990. I've dialysed at home, abroad, in hospital, oh and had a transplant for 7 years. I work in the insurance industry for a City based business, but am very fortunate to be able to work from home 4 days a week. I hope, with my experiences, I can help others on dialysis or those facing dialysis in the future! It ain't so bad! Steve

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