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In-Home Kidney Dialysis: Is This What You Prefer?

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Sharon explains why she prefers to perform her dialysis treatments from home.

When you do kidney dialysis in-center it takes about, it can take at least four hours, even maybe four and a half hours because you have a prep time. When you come in you have to weigh and then you have your blood pressure taken, you have a prep time, and then you are hooked up to the machine and that needs to run for at least three and half hours. Then the take off time, the post, you have to be re-weighed and your blood pressures and those type of things, so that can take at least four or four and a half hours.

When you do it at home however, it doesn’t take that long. It only takes, you sit actually for about two hours and ten minutes, that’s the time that it takes to remove the blood and return the blood. The prep time is just setting up the machine and doing the preliminary runnings, then you have time to take your blood pressure and weigh yourself and do those preps. So the total time is probably about three hours, you know, maybe less, 2:45.

To give you an idea of the time difference that you experience between in-center and home dialysis is that you have more liberty when you are at home. You can do it at the hour that is most convenient for you. I happen to do it three days on, one day off. Three days on, one day off. It works well for me. We have a small business; we are able to do that. I am able to run it 3 o’clock in the morning if I’m able to, if I want to. I can, if I have something important going on I can run four days and take a day off – whichever I want to do. It’s just more convenient.

When you are in-center you are there. You must be there at the time you are scheduled to be there and you just frankly don’t feel as well when you come off of it and this one is so much better, so much easier to handle.

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