Dialysis Education: Dialysis Options

Learn about dialysis options from a Home Dialysis Therapy Nurse: “YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD”

Author: Christina Brooks BSN, RN
Home Therapies Nurse

So, you’ve just left your doctor’s office and your head is full of information, too much information! Words , numbers, medical terms you just don’t understand. Maybe this has been happening  gradually over a period of years or suddenly out of the blue.  Your doctor has just told you that you have kidney disease or kidney failure. Acute! Chronic! CKD! ESRD! STAGE 4! Stage 5! GFR! Oh my, what is the doctor talking about? This can’t be happening to me! I can’t live without my kidneys, can I? Does this mean that I’m going to die? I refuse to be tied to a machine and have needles stuck in me. I’m probably too old for a transplant. They give kidneys to young people, not someone like me. What am I going to do now? I thought I had the rest of my life ahead of me. Looks like it’s all over now.....

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