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Travelling on dialysis

Posted Aug 25 2008 3:08pm
I have always loved to travel. When I was on Peritoneal Dialysis, I could travel quite comfortably. Baxter has a good network in India and they would deliver the PD fluid wherever I wanted. I made a couple of really enjoyable trips (Kodaikanal, Mahabaleshwar) while on PD.

On Hemo, things are very different. You HAVE to have a dialysis center where you go because portable machines like the NxStage System One are not available in India.

Most places where I would like to go to (hill stations like Darjeeling, Manali etc.) do not have dialysis centers and I would need to travel around 3 hours to get to a facility.

It recently struck me that Goa, a great place to holiday would definitely have dialysis centers. So, I decided to check and found that they do have dialysis centers!

So, I have started to plan a short trip there.

There is one thing that I'm a little worried about. I am now used to nocturnal dialysis 6 nights a week. Centers will not do this (they have probably not even heard of something like this!). So, I will have to make do with 4 hour treatments, probably on alternate days. And this means fluid restrictions. Imagine going on a holiday and being worried to death about fluids.

I don't know how it will turn out. I cannot afford to drink too much fluid because there will be only a 4 hour treatment to pull it off.

I'm worried about this to the point of thinking of canceling the whole trip.

I wish they could do daily nocturnal even if in center. I should probably talk to the nephrologist there to try and arrange this.
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