They may not tell you that the machine may alarm.... every night.... forever. When hubby first started peritoneal dialysis the machine alarmed and alarmed and alarmed. After several appointments and a scan of his peritoneal catheter using dye, they decided that the slow drains were due to the knotting of the catheter in his lower peritoneal cavity. After the procedure to correct that issue, we thought we were good. Sadly we weren't. It did stop the leaking, but the alarming and slow drains continued. We tried adding heparin to the bags and at times it seemed to help, but there was still alarming. Hubby has changed positions and tried other suggestions, but it still alarms. Some nights we are blessed and it only alarms once, but other nights it seems to be constantly going off.
It wouldn't change our decision to do peritoneal dialysis, but it is something I think people should know. The machine will alarm... it happens... you aren't alone, but we are only one family going through this, so maybe most don't have alarming... that would be interesting to know.
Recently hubby mentioned the alarming to his dialysis nurse and she pretty basically said, it just might be the way it is for him. I can't complain, the machine keeps him alive!
Even though alarming is normal for us, please let your nurse or doctor know if you have issues with alarming, it could be something more serious that needs their attention!