3 Tips To Better Manage Dialysis | Surgical Associates of Cleveland

If you’ve learned that you’ll need to treat your kidney disease with dialysis, you probably have many questions. Or if you’ve been on dialysis already, you might wonder how to better balance everyday stress along with your regular dialysis treatments. Surgical Associates of Cleveland wants to help you live your best life on dialysis with a few tips.

It’s important to understand that the key to adequate dialysis is the completion of each treatment. You can’t shorten or skip your dialysis treatment, and expect successful results. That means that a better quality of life requires your total commitment to your treatment plan.

With adequate dialysis, you will feel an overall sense of better well-being, feel more energetic, enjoy a healthy appetite, think clearly and sleep well. When you don’t have adequate dialysis, the reverse of these will be true and your well-being will suffer, so you can see why adequate dialysis is such a priority.

However, we know that the very act of dialysis can feel quite overwhelming when added to your daily routine. So what can you do each day to find better balance?

Focus on making healthy choices every day.
You have kidney disease, but that doesn’t mean your life must be over. The only way to truly enjoy your life on dialysis is to focus on making choices that support your best health. That means maintaining dialysis as a first priority, maintaining a proper diet, and listening to what your body is telling you.

Make room for time management.
When you have an illness like kidney disease, and require time-consuming treatments such as dialysis, you must be the gatekeeper of your remaining hours in each day. You will have to be honest about the difference between what you want to do and what you truly can do. That means you will most likely need to eliminate the things that don’t fit into your life in order to enjoy the things you can accomplish.

Say yes to smart shortcuts when it makes sense.
People who are managing an illness do better when they adopt techniques to make life easier. That could mean eating kidney-friendly, already prepared foods, using a mail order pharmacy, and outsourcing some household chores. Other smart shortcuts include prepping dialysis supplies in the mornings to save time before your evening treatments.

Here at Surgical Associates of Cleveland, we want to do everything we can to make your dialysis access surgery, recovery and subsequent dialysis treatments as stress free as possible. Visit our website today to learn more about our services.