What is peritoneal dialysis?
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) is offered as a home program and an alternative to in-center hemodialysis. Peritoneal dialysis is a form of dialysis that uses the peritoneal membrane, which is the lining that surrounds the abdominal cavity. Encased in this lining are the internal organs, including the stomach, spleen, liver, and intestines. The peritoneal membrane can be used as the body’s filter for removal of wastes and excess fluid.
Testimonial from a peritoneal dialysis patient
How Peritoneal Dialysis Helps Me Escape
by Ruth Terrill
When I found out nearly nine years ago that I needed to start dialysis, I feared that dialysis would get in the way of the active retirement my husband and I had planned. We dreamed of spending winters near Yuma, Arizona and didn’t know how being tied to a dialysis center would accommodate our desires.
When I first started dialysis, I came to the center and spent about four months doing hemodialysis. During that time I became aware of a home dialysis option called peritoneal dialysis (PD). It sounded pretty good to me, especially since I had to commute quite a ways to come to dialysis. I transferred to peritoneal dialysis and have been going strong every since.
About six years ago we started spending several months each winter on Lake Martinez, near Yuma, Arizona. We stay at a military RV park and have made many new friends who come back every year. Going to Lake Martinez has helped us stay active during the cold winter months. The guys (and some of the gals) go fishing every day and the women work on projects and chit chat. Many of us start our mornings with coffee around the campfire. There are hikes in the desert, potlucks and parties. We spend the holidays together and we finish the season with a big luau in March.
Because I do peritoneal dialysis, I don’t have to make any arrangements for dialysis in a facility where demand is very high during the winter. All I have to do is coordinate with the PD nurses here at Skagit. When I am gone for longer than a month I transfer my care to a PD program in the Yuma area and I have a nephrologist down there as well. I arrange for my PD supplies to be delivered to a friend’s house in Yuma, although the company would deliver most anywhere.
I highly recommend PD to anyone I know who is facing dialysis. PD allows me to plan my adventures and travel with ease.
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