Living Well with Home Treatments
PD Keeps Business Student in School
Gasping for air on the way to the hospital was a wake-up call for college student Nick LaHusen. His kidneys failed. But, the future video game business owner has been able to stay in school and get on the transplant list, thanks to PD.
Incremental Home HD
A new case report of five patients starting incremental home HD finds that residual kidney function was preserved in some for more than 2 years. As residual function dropped, the dose of dialysis was increased.
Keep on Trucking
In Adelaide, Australia a specially outfitted truck set up to offer dialysis at the Clare Caravan Park and give family members a break. Extra cabins let last-minute travelers op in for the change of scene.
Going Home at 75
At age 75, Madam Chang Bee Ling’s choice of PD is unusual anyway—and even more so in Singapore, where only about 1 person in 8 does home dialysis. She did not want to burden her family or go to a clinic for HD. Now, she dialyzes at night and can still do her housework during the day.
Age is Just a Number When it Comes to Home Dialysis
In Hong Kong, three out of four people who need dialysis opt for a home treatment! But, while the number is far less in Singapore, 75-year old Madam Chang Bee Ling is defying the odds. She chose PD when her kidneys failed 2 years ago to avoid burdening her children with the costs or hassle of in-center HD.
She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Betty
Life on PD doesn’t slow down Robert Baker. He just hoists “Heavy Betty”, his Liberty Cycler in the car and goes on his way.
Home, Home Dialysis on the Range
Thanks to Baxter’s Amia PD cycler and a two-way telehealth set up, Joann can dialyze at her Nebraska ranch—80 miles from the nearest dialysis center. “It’s like a guardian angel looking over you. Peritoneal dialysis has given me my life back.”
Bubber Wilkes is the Boss of His PD Machine
Born with one kidney, W.E. “Bubber” Wilkes did just fine until an infection in his late 60s. But, he didn’t want to be hooked to a machine three times a week when his kidney failed, so his nephrologist suggested PD. A year later, he is working part-time (in “retirement”) and losing weight to prepare for a kidney transplant.
Home Sweet Home
Unable to live her life to the fullest, this UK mum learned about PD at home and completely changed her life. She found her “happy place”.
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
With a NxStage machine, people like retired paramedic John Roberts get their lives back. The UK National Health Service even pays for John to take his machine along on sunny jaunts to Spain four times a year. Home dialysis costs less and allows Lister hospital in Stevenage to care for more people.