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Kansas — Dottie had a decision to make: Did she want to keep going to hemodialysis during the day to be with the health care team she already knew; or did she want to switch to nocturnal dialysis so she could enjoy the social daytime activities at her senior residence? Dottie chose to give nocturnal dialysis a try.
“At first I hated dialysis at night,” confesses Dottie. But after a little time she says she built a relationship with her nighttime dialysis care team. “The nurse really cares. She asks me about my day and I ask about hers. We know about each other,” says Dottie. The care and caring provided by her DaVita nocturnal dialysis care team makes Dottie feel right at home. “I got to know the workers and they got to know me. It’s more like a family now,” reports Dottie. Now she is happy about her decision and with her lifestyle.
Dottie shares, “Almost seven years ago I moved into a senior residence — where I’m the baby.” “We have many activities such as a covered-dish dinners, group breakfasts and game night twice a week — and I participate in most of the activities.” In addition to being a social butterfly, Dottie enjoys being active. She states, “I can do all sorts of stuff. I teach exercise class in chairs and tai chi, we do sing and march along. I’m in a reading club, we discuss books, plus there’s Bible study.”
Getting her daily routine down has helped Dottie keep up with all of her activities. “After dialysis in the morning, I go home and have breakfast. I’ll take a little nap and then wake up and start the day. I have a wonder life,” shares Dottie. Along with all of her activities, her friends bring Dottie joy. “I paint greeting cards for the ladies and gentlemen where I live. I got 47 cards for my birthday.”
Dottie admits that when first beginning nocturnal dialysis, “The hardest thing to get used to was sleeping with so many people. It took me awhile, but now I can sleep here. I try to get to sleep first.” Once she’s asleep, Dottie says she usually stays asleep.
In addition to having her days free, Dottie has seen another benefit in nocturnal dialysis. “My lab results are better since coming to nights,” she says. Having more energy helps Dottie keep up with her active lifestyle.
Dottie is thrilled she made the move to nocturnal dialysis. She says, “My advice is for people to try nocturnal dialysis and give it at least two to three months. You can have a full life with nocturnal dialysis; you only have to be here three nights per week. I’m here from 7:00 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. and then I have my whole day for me to enjoy my social activities.”
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