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