If you are new to in-center dialysis with DaVita®, you may still be getting used to the routine of going to treatments three days a week. But after a few dialysis treatments, your blood should be cleaner, your anemia should be treated providing you more energy, and you should begin to feel better and be able to get enjoyment from your life.
To achieve quality of life, make sure that you are caring for yourself in all ways. Treating the whole person will put you on the path to living well on in-center dialysis.
In order to maintain or improve your health when you're on in-center dialysis, you should follow these steps:
In addition to helping your body, diet and exercise help keep your mind sharp and centered. It’s amazing what a good phosphorus level and fresh air can do for your mind. Again, your dietitian will have lots of ideas of how to make your food plan work for you, and your doctor and social worker can provide for more information on exercise opportunities.
You may also want to read up on kidney disease and dialysis to learn all you can about what you are experiencing. Peace of mind comes from knowing you are doing the best for yourself. Education will help you make good decisions about your treatment. You’ll also stimulate your mind by learning new things.
Read the daily paper, keep a journal, send letters to friends, listen to music, visit an art museum or do any other activity that requires thinking. Staying involved in the world around you keeps your mind active.
Take time for yourself and connect with people who provide you with positive feedback and support. Revisit things that have been uplifting to you in the past. Whether it’s rereading a favorite book, cooking a delicious dinner or calling a beloved friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, treat yourself to something you enjoy; something that lifts your spirits.
Now that you are aware of the basics, you may want to look at other areas that may interest you. Here are some ideas to think about:
If you and your nephrologist decide that HHD is best for your health and lifestyle needs, you’ll see that the many benefits — including independence, flexible diet and ongoing patient support — can help maintain a better quality of life.
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