Saturday, 02 July 2011 07:36

Dialysing on NxStage

Written by  Steve Bone
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I am on dialysis on the NxStage at the moment. All goes well, set up was straightforward, and I see the real value of the 1/2 hourly observations. On the main unit when dialysing  the observations are taken at the start of the session and then about half way through, so doing half hourly observations here seemed excessive. But on reflection, as I am dialysing on my own with no carer, the half hour check is a good discipline, it adds a good check factor over and above my own ‘self-check’ of how I feel etc.

As I am working while I am dialysing then  I am sitting up in on an office chair. The lines run across my desk to my left hand (machine to my left) and I am able to work normally and type with both hands despite having the lines taped through my left hand between thumb and forefinger. Works well for me. The temptation os to always work while dialysing now, which is absolutely fine during the week when I expect to be working, but on a Saturday (my day off) I carry on working – but I can sit back and read or watch TV on my PC, so I need to be better disciplined to not just work all the time!

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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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