Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Class and more supplies

Today was a day full of classes.  Hubby was hooked up to a gravity dialysis bag and had 1.5 liters of solution put into his peritoneal cavity and it was removed by gravity at the end of the day.  While the solution was doing it's job, we learned how to use the machine, how peritoneal dialysis works, how to inject the bags with medicine, and proper technique to create a sterile environment.

We also met with the social worker, which never seems to end with answers that are positive, but we have the facts and that is important to move forward.

At the end of the day we left with 2 boxes of additional supplies, plus a scale, thermometer, and blood pressure machine.

Why are these supplies important?  Dialysis isn't an exact science, it takes time to figure out the amount of solution and the %.  Before starting each dialysis treatment, the patient will weigh themselves, take their blood pressure, and their temp.  After the dialysis treatment they will do it all again and record all the numbers.  This will help your dialysis team to make judgements that are best for your health. 

*Disclaimer - all the information above is for information purposes only.  I am not a nurse, doctor, or any type of medical professional.  I'm a wife taking one day at a time while taking care of a husband with PK.

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