New Health Challenges Facing Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: How To Successfully Cope

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Ready or not, here comes a new health challenge you have to deal with. Have you ever felt that way? You are not alone! In fact, both Peritoneal and Hemodialysis patients are frequently hospitalized for a broad range of infections.

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When some CKD patients learn of a new health challenge, such as one that may require them to go into the hospital, they begin wallowing in the "not me again" blues. They completely dread the thoughts of hospital food (not tasting good), constantly being awakened during the night by the attending nurse, and what seems like a lifetime of adhering to new instructions. It seems like the moment that you get settled, here comes another health challenge which may require a hospital stay to deal with it.

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Those times are naturally scary because you don't really know what to expect in terms of the outcome. Also, have you noticed that it always makes you feel that it could not come at a worst time? That is because you have to leave your comfort Zone. Nevertheless, being a CKD patient means that you have to find strategies which are helpful to deal with the "not me again" blues if you are to improve your life because without taking the recommended action the problem would persists.

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Hit The Ground Running: Don't take too long to decide. Generally, Chronic Kidney Disease patients are creatures of routine, and those routines can congeal. Therefore if you spend too much time "staring at the closed door" you are less likely to walk through it. At the very beginning, when you learn that the health challenge may involve a hospital stay, for example, work hard to find out all you can about what will be done and the objective (desired outcome) and, most importantly, have a plan for recovery and put it in motion immediately upon release.

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Realize That This Will Be A New Chapter In Your Life: Acknowledging the problem is psychologically healthy; spending your time staring at it is not. Although your tranquility may be disrupted, it is time to look forward. While the particular circumstance is new, the process itself is familiar because the truth is you have probably stayed in the hospital before.

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Think Positive, Think Opportunity: Now is the time to go back to the drawing board. Dust off your list of health goals that you had previously set for yourself, and see this as an opportunity to even work harder at them. During this time of hospitalization explore and brainstorm. Grasp this opportunity to set realistic timeframes in which to achieve your goals.

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Get Support: Hospitalizations can be more difficult for some people suffering with CKD than others, and therefore a support system may be needed for many people with CKD. This could come in the form of family, friends, peers or God. Seek out individuals that have gone through what you are about to go through and get an idea of what to expect.

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In essence, hospitalizations take us from the known to the unknown, and while the circumstances are always different, the tools needed to successfully move ahead and improve your life are always the same. Namely, being positive, patient and proactive. So shake off the blues...a new journey awaits you.

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