Separating Dialysis Myths From The Facts
To separate fact from fiction, let’s take a look at some common dialysis myths.
Myth: Your Diet Changes Drastically
Yes, being on dialysis might mean you have to watch what you eat, but it doesn’t mean you have to cut out all your favorite foods! In fact, there are home dialysis options that, when done right, requires little to no chance in your diet. Talk to your dietitian about home dialysis options; together you can come up with a balanced diet that will still allow you to incorporate some of your favorite foods.
Myth: Dialysis Means No Traveling
Many people on dialysis travel. Your dialysis social worker can answer your questions and help set up treatments at your destination. For a patient on home dialysis, he/she can help arrange for your supplies to be delivered to your place of travel.
Myth: Dialysis Solves It All
Your dialysis treatments remove toxins and extra fluid from your blood, keeping you alive. While they are essential to your health, there are a number of choices you make every day that can improve your health and help you lead a better life. Maintaining a dialysis-friendly diet, controlling your fluids, taking your medications, avoiding bloodstream infections — are all important ways you can take control of improving and lengthening your life.
Myth: Dialysis Means Going to a Center
Daytime center dialysis is just one treatment option. Plus, the other options may be a much better fit with your lifestyle and life goals. Ask your dialysis nurse or social worker about your options, especially those you can do yourself at home. With modern technology and a caring, expert trainer, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of home dialysis in no time.