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06/11/2014
By: mymyjo
DaVita
I started going here in May 2014 and from day one I was treated like a person and not a number. I am very young and have been on dialysis for 5 years now and no other center has made me feel so welcome and at ease. I got kidney failure from High Blood Pressure at 18, I've had multiple 'stories' told about me and why I had kidney failure, which made dialysis at my previous center terrible because my Techs were spreading these 'stories'.Davita has amazing Techs, Nurses, and Doctors. Mary at Davita is a true Godsend! She had the sweetest heart and is always a wonderful person to be around. She may not be the Social Worker but she will sit and listen to any problems you have and will make you feel at ease speaking with her! I've never been so happy with someone being my nurse!If I could recommend any dialysis center to anyone, Davita on Lelaray would be it! Just an amazing place full of wonderful people! Just what us Dialysis patients need in a already stressful time!
Tips & Advices
Dialysis prolongs life by stepping in to handle the vital tasks managed by the kidneys. If they are functioning properly, the kidneys work to moderate your blood pressure and regulate the levels of salt and potassium in your blood. Dialysis artificially cleans the blood so that the body is able to function normally.
Dialysis comes with many side effects. Some patients on dialysis experience low blood pressure that causes abdominal cramps, shortness of breath, muscle cramps, vomiting, and nausea. Dialysis can cause sleep problems, itching, depression, amyloidosis, anemia, and inflammation of the membrane that surrounds your heart. Also, the site where the fistula is inserted can become blocked or infected.
If you are currently receiving dialysis treatments, it is recommended to  increase intake of high-protein foods, such as meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. Dialysis patients are advised to reduce their intake of foods that are high in salt, potassium, and phosphorus. Replace high-potassium fruits, such as oranges, kiwis, honeydews, and nectarines, with low-phosphorus choices like apples, berries, and plums.
There are two primary types of dialysis treatments. Hemodialysis is the most commonly used type of dialysis, and it involves inserting a fistula or a catheter into a vein for the purpose of filtering your blood. With peritoneal dialysis, a catheter is surgically implanted into the stomach region to achieve the same result. Dialysis can be performed at a treatment center or at home. It may be performed during the daytime, or nocturnally while you are asleep.
The cost of dialysis treatments might be partially covered by medical insurance, and coverage will depend on the limits of your policy. If dialysis is covered, prescriptions given by your doctor to support treatment will also be covered. Medicare is health insurance provided by the federal government, and it typically covers 80 percent of dialysis costs.

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