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PD Is An Option: Another Place

You pick the place for Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) therapy

PD can go wherever you go so you can dialyze where you're most comfortable. You will have monthly clinic appointments with your doctor, but you won't have to travel in bad weather a few times a week to do your dialysis. If PD is appropriate for you, you choose the type of Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) that fits your lifestyle best: Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) or Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD). CAPD requires a clean environment, a stand and a solution bag with tubing attached that connects to your dialysis catheter. It’s done at home, generally four times per day. APD is done with a cycler machine that performs the exchanges automatically, usually overnight, while you sleep. But more importantly, because you pick the place, exchanges happen in environments you’re familiar and comfortable with, like at home. You also have the flexibility to dialyze as you choose, while traveling, at work or in school. 


You’re in control of the schedule

With PD, you still need to get rid of the waste and fluids that build up, but exchanges can be done on a more flexible schedule. And with Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD), even those can be scheduled overnight. In addition, dialysis happens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it would with functional kidneys. As a result, your life controls your dialysis, instead of dialysis controlling your life.

You need some space for equipment

The equipment needed for PD is fairly compact and even portable. The cycler that’s used in APD is about the size of a small suitcase that most people keep on a cart or end table near their bed. The stand used for Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) takes up a little more space than a floor lamp and can be moved with you throughout your house as you perform a fluid exchange while you work on a computer, sew or watch TV. In addition to the equipment, you will need to find space to store supplies that are conveniently delivered to your house.

You can travel and dialyze almost anywhere

PD equipment is portable and many people travel while on PD. In fact, PD has been done on almost every continent including on safari in Africa, in villages in China, RVing in Yellowstone and on cruises including Alaska and Hawaii. You do need to plan ahead for longer trips to ensure that you can have supplies delivered to your destination. With the help of travel programs, patients can successfully continue their Peritoneal Dialysis therapy while exploring the world or just traveling throughout the U.S. 

Learn how to make your getaway from contributing writer and PD patient, Jim McFarlin

  I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a grandmother. I'm a creative person. I enjoy my family in my home. I enjoy living life. And part of my feelings about kidney disease, it's a part of my life, but it's only a part. 

Carol, 67, Wife, Grandmother
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  We follow our grandkids wherever they're going. We've traveled to Florida, Alabama, Arkansas to watch them compete in different athletic competitions. 

Laura, 55
Peritoneal Dialysis Patient
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