Kidney disease is a common illness that affects many people around the world. That fact makes it so the research field is constantly taking huge strides into finding better solutions in order to give patients a better quality of life and to reduce the risks of kidney failure more every day. Living with dialysis doesn’t have to be a reason for your normal daily functions to come to an abrupt halt, as a matter of fact, many people undergoing dialysis are able to carry on living a very fulfilling life and make the most out of their time with dealing with their treatment. Today in Joe Cosgrove’s Blog, we want to take a look at some tips to help you make dialysis as bearable of possible and so you can look at it with different eyes.
Learning about kidney failure and the process of dialysis is your first line of defense against the condition and one of the most intelligent steps you can take in order to regain control of your life. Educating yourself will help you understand what your body is going through and help you feel empowered. Learn about your medicines and what they do to you exactly; don’t settle for calling it “the red pill and the white pill”. Instead be accurate, inquisitive and always talk to your healthcare provider about your progress and the way you are feeling.
Learn about nutrition
Your dietary needs will be different when you are undergoing dialysis, that is why you must learn about which food groups you have to stay away from, which types of food are encouraged for you to consume and in which quantities. Learning about nutrition can help you find a replacement for those foods that you do not like to eat but sometimes you must, and also to find a way so you don’t have to give up the foods that make you happy. Nutrition is more about balance and moderation and prohibitions.
Moderate exercise does wonder for your body and can greatly improve other aspects of your physical and mental health. Talk to your doctor in order to map out your exercise regime and make sure that you are not overdoing it. A mix of cardio, endurance and strength training can help you reduce stress and aid your body to recover faster and better assimilate the strain placed upon it by dialysis.
Know that you can still travel
New equipment and how easy it is to find local facilities where you can receive your treatment are making it even easier for patients to travel while on dialysis. Most restrictions people feel they have while they are being treated are self-placed on themselves, so do not think that you have to forgo traveling and doing the things you love because of your condition.
Do not stop working
Think about other alternatives first before you quit your job and stay home. Perhaps you can still work from a distance or in a different schedule that allows for your treatment not to disrupt your work. People who continue working are less likely to become depressed and thus created a greater strain on their bodies by their treatment.
Never miss any appointments
Your appointments with your physician are extremely important and shouldn’t be missed under any circumstances. Remember you are a team and your communication is crucial in order to map out your best road to recovery and make important decisions about your treatment and your options. Always ask questions no matter how simple they may seem to you.
Take care of your health
Your body may become a bit weaker and your immune system will feel the effects of dialysis. For this reason, it is extremely important to take care of your health, because something as small as a flue or a cold can get complicated if left untreated. The less stress your body has to deal with, the easier it will be for it to recover from your dialysis and to take advantage of the treatment.
Your mental health is also important
This isn’t just about your body; your mind plays an important part in your road to recovery. Many people become depressed when they are in dialysis and most of those worries are actually exaggerated. Always have someone to talk to about your concerns and do things that make you feel like you are in charge of the treatment and not the other way around.
Find something to do with your time on dialysis
Dialysis sessions are sometimes long and boring. That time is perfect for you to read a book or to engage in a hobby that makes you feel productive and occupied. Find something that you can do with your time that doesn’t require much effort and that allows your mind to stay busy.
Getting a good night of sleep is the best thing you can do to help your body recover and to minimize the impact and pressure that dialysis places upon it.