My dialysis experience began while I was on the operating table having heart surgery. The tests that confirmed that I had almost complete heart artery blockage also reduced what little kidney function I had remaining to near zero. So my first hemodialysis session was while I was “on the table”. After surgery, I chose home peritoneal dialysis (PD) as the best fit for my lifestyle. I was still working and wanted to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Since a catheter must be placed before this type of dialysis can begin, I endured many weeks of in-center hemo before I could be ready to train to do in-home PD.
During my healing from the heart surgery and catheter installation, I had a chance to closely observe the in-center hemodialysis process and its effects on a wide range of people. It became clear to me that home PD was the way to go. Also, by using a cycler while sleeping, the impact on my time would be relatively minimal. For me, home PD allows time for daily activities, like employment. I feel much better, have more energy, and I like the idea of having more control over my treatment.
I chose Home Dialysis Therapies even though I was recruited by another clinic. The clinic that contacted me was associated with the hemo clinic in which I had been treated. I was not impressed with the quality of care at that clinic. When I heard that my nephrologist was associated with another clinic in the area, I contacted the staff and received a great introduction to peritoneal dialysis treatment and lifestyle.
I have been with Home Dialysis Therapies for about four years now. I continue to appreciate the professionalism of the staff and their attention to detail. I feel as if they are truly focused on me and my health. I travel past several closer clinics to take advantage of the service I receive at HDT. I have recommended them and can continue to do so.