You may have read my blog about living donation and how people are trying to talk me into it and the look of almost disgust when I say I won’t even consider it. Well I often get a strange look when I say that when I do start dialysis again, I want to do haemodialysis.
Not that I feel I have to explain myself but this is a blog for telling you all about my journey so I will try and put into words why I want to do haemo over peritoneal dialysis. Again it’s my choice, my opinion and you are entitled to take what you want to away from this blog.
- I did haemo last time so I know what to expect.
- I only have to do it 3 times a week for 3 hours at a time
- I don’t have to have 2/3 litres of fluid in my stomach everyday (looking pregnant)
- I don’t have to do it myself – the nurses take care of it. With haemo, I can’t cheat myself. With CAPD and APD it is my responsibility to carry out the treatment.
- I don’t have to have a catheter in my abdoman which would mean I couldn’t bathe or swim. Infection is also a risk with a catheter.
- I wouldn’t have to have medical equipment at my appartment (it’s only small)
- I can do haemodialysis abroad (without taking medical equipment with me)
- I don’t have to choose what time I go to bed/wake up (with APD you have to do 8-10 hours overnight)
- It won’t interrupt work (CAPD has to be done 4 times a day for 30minutes a time – I don’t know when I would fit that in!)
So like I said, these are just my opinions, they are not necessarily right and I totally understand people will disagree. There are many advantages to peritoneal dialysis but it’s not for me.