Cincinnati Home Dialysis Blog

Month: February 2018

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Feb

Starting Home Hemodialysis: Ease Your Needle Fears

Doing dialysis on your own terms can be liberating, but often comes with a little unease at first. If the thought of using needles yourself for home dialysis treatments makes you nervous, you are definitely not alone. But with proper instruction, practice, and coping strategies, inserting needles can become just another part of your routine.

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Work with Your Care Technician

An experienced dialysis professional will train you on how to use all of your home dialysis equipment properly, including needles. This individual will teach you tips and tricks to be gentle with the needle and how to get an effective stick on the first try to minimize or eliminate pain. Your care technician can also help you with strategies to reduce your needle anxiety and connect you to local and online communities where other patients are sharing their best practices for reducing their fear of needles.

Distract Yourself

It may take some time to find what best calms your fears, but try playing your favorite music in the background, putting on a TV show you enjoy, or repeating a calming mantra while working with the needle. Remind yourself that starting dialysis only takes a few minutes, and after that you have the whole day ahead of you.

Have a Reward

When you’ve finished your home dialysis treatment and are done with needles for the day, indulge in a small snack you enjoy or do a fun, relaxing activity. Having something to look forward to after your home treatments can help ease your anxiety during dialysis.

Be Patient

When you’re just starting home dialysis, there’s a lot of new technology and processes to manage, and getting a comfortable routine down takes time. Try to be patient with yourself as you learn what practices are most relaxing for you during treatment.

Our care team at Cincinnati Home Dialysis is here to guide you through home dialysis and all the comes with it. Contact us anytime at info@cincinnatihomedialysis.com.

17
Feb

Dr. Tindni Featured in Cincinnati Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors List

Cincinnati Home Dialysis nephrologist Dr. Arshdeep Tindni has once again been named one of the top doctors in the tristate by Cincinnati Magazine.

This coveted designation is earned by gaining at least seven votes from other licensed Cincinnati-area physicians, who nominate the winners by determining what medical professional they would refer to a friend or family member or go to for their own healthcare needs. The 2018 Top Doctors in Cincinnati list honors 768 physicians.

To learn more about Dr. Tindni, visit our care team page.

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17
Feb

Home Dialysis Care Partners: Your Role and Wellbeing

Kidney disease is life-changing for your loved one ­– and you. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed by the idea of becoming a home dialysis care partner. This is a big commitment, and one that should not be taken on without awareness of the responsibilities.

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You probably have a lot of questions about the role of a care partner. What’s the “right” way to provide care? How will I balance my loved one’s wellbeing with my own? What if I can’t manage the stress? It’s important to give yourself the time to learn and find these answers as you go. To get you started, here are a few key things you should know about being a home dialysis care partner and taking care of yourself.