Hi, I'm sorry that your kidneys are giving up. Do you have a good nephrologist? What is he/she advising? Really they should be the one helping you with this decision.
I don't have kidney failure, so my experience is not personal, but I have worked several years on a kidney transplant ward. My observation is that in generally younger patients with full use of their hands and a good level of day to day independance generally prefer CAPD to haemodyalysis. You can fit it in easier with your normal routine, do it at work, on holiday, even in the car. And some types can be done just once a day overnight.
Puting in a PD catheter does take some time though and there is a chance if you need dialysis first it might have to be tempoary haemodialysis.
Are you thinking about going on a transplant waiting list?
Feel free to keep in touch here, and I hope it goes well for you.
i was on dialysis for awhile. Luckily my kindney function came back enough to get off of it. Honestly i dont know what kind i was on, i went three times a week for about 4 hours. I had a cathedor in my neck because it was an emergancy. I delt with it well my husband came with me and we played cards and such. I was the youngest one so that was a little weird. I felt bad for all the people in there waiting for new kidneys. The nurses were great though and made me very comfortable. It didnt make me weasy at all either. Some people have trouble seeing blood. Myhusband thought it was a little strange watching my blood being sucked out of my body and pumped back in but he was interested in learning about it, he asked lots of questions. It made me feel good. I hope it all works out for you! My GFR was at a 2 when i started and now it's at 36 so i pray and give you hope, miracles happen
I don't have any personal knowledge to offer, but I wanted to wish you well. It was great to read about Alisia's ability to get off dialysis. That may be a possibility for you too! Please keep us posted and remember we're here to help if we can.
My mom has been on HD for 7 years. She wasn't a candidate for PD. I would talk to your nephrologist about what would be the best option for you. I guess it depends too if your kidneys are not filtering enough, or if they are shutting down all together - no urine output. That is why my mom had to do with HD - so they could pull the fluid out of her body.
I've been reading that there is an option to dialize at home over night - if that's an option for you, that would be my recommendation! It doesn't eat of ton of your life sitting on a dialysis machine in a facility. I was a little concerned about the PD from an infection stand point since her immune system was so suppressed from Prednisone and Cytoxin.
Check out davita. com (it won't let me put in the link)they have TONS of information, and are a good dialysis facility. My mom has gone to them in both Colorado and Ohio and I've been very pleased with the cleanliness and the staff in both places.
Best of luck to you, and I hope your kidneys will kick back in! I know that they do sometimes.