Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/9/2015 (1680 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
For those of you who don’t know I’m waiting for a kidney transplant.
I have been on the waiting list for a long six years this coming November. And have been doing dialysis for over 18 years. I have been fighting kidney disease for well over half of my life.
I started dialysis in 1997. Nothing about having kidney disease is easy. I was lucky enough to start on peritoneal dialysis which was done in the comfort of my own home.
When I became sick with a bad infection this type of dialysis was no longer an option for me. I had to start hemodialysis, which meant treatments three times per week for four hours at a time at the hospital.
After almost a year back at the hospital I was offered the chance to do home hemo dialysis. The same type I do at the hospital but I would be able to do it at home. At night while I am sleeping. I hated the hospital. It took up most of my day. It made me depressed seeing all of the other dialysis patients and how sick some of them were. Not an environment anyone wants to be around.
I have been doing home hemodialysis for almost five years now. And it is amazing. Being at home, dialyzing on my own schedule. And getting it done at night while I sleep means my days are free. The one fault? Your utility bills go up as it uses water and hydro.
There is finally good news. It was just announced by Health Minister Sharon Blady that Manitoba will finally be helping home hemo patients with the costs of our utility bills. This news is hoping to encourage more people to do home hemodialysis as it is almost 50 per cent less costly than in hospital treatments. It also frees up beds for new patients needing to start dialysis.
Helping us with our utilities will really be appreciated. I have actually had rude people that don’t understand tell me that I can go back to the hospital and do my dialysis there.
Dialysis is not something we chose to do and it definitely is not a luxury. Being at home gives us a little bit of freedom from an awful disease.
I think it is really great that Manitoba is the first province to help the home hemo patients.
Jennifer Laferriere is a community correspondent for Garden City.