"Another day at 'the office' (dialysis center). Do you ever feel like your life is too much of a routine, and what can be done about it? I've considered skipping a few treatments," a KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote.
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Many people who conduct Dialysis suffer a rut of distress, demoralization, and depression from what they consider to be a never-ending routine of Dialysis Treatments. Those that conduct Dialysis In-Center must go to treatments which are often long, drawn-out, boring and at times painful; three days a week every-single week of their life. Even Home Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis patients must conduct treatments on a consistent basis which are frequently undesired. In many ways life can become mundane and dull for some who conduct Dialysis.
Have you ever thought about skipping one or more of your treatments? Well, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. have released a nifty chart which outlines why this would be a very bad idea. According to the Large Dialysis Organization just missing 2 treatments a year increases your mortality risk by 2.3%. How about missing 4 treatments in one year? Your mortality risk jumps to 4.7%. What's more, it only gets worse with the more Dialysis sessions you miss: 6 per year = 7.0%, 8 per year = 9.3%, 10 per year = 11.7%, 12 per year = 14.0%, 14 per year = 16.4%, 16 per year = 18.6%, 18 per year = 21.0%, 20 per year = 23.4%, 22 per year = 25.6% - over 1/4th, and 24 per year = a whopping 28%.
Hence, you may find the following tips helpful to add that flavor, fun, and excitement to your day-to-day life which you may be missing without having to skip ANY of your treatments. For instance, consider shaking up your morning routine. Instead of following the same wake-up routine every day, do it differently on occasion. Try to get up ten minutes early and have breakfast outside, turn off the TV and put on music, or just drive a different way to Dialysis. You may be surprised, just starting your day differently will give you a little thrill.
Give a new haircut a try, or go out and buy an outfit with a friend on occasion. Sometimes Chronic Kidney Disease patients need a "breath of fresh air" and something new in their lives to boost their confidence, self-esteem and provide them with an all around "good" feeling.
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Try to do something unexpectedly NICE for a friend or a complete stranger. Pay for someone’s coffee. Send your wife or husband flowers for no reason. Leave a thank you note. A random act of kindness will give you a "pick-me-up," joy, and a bit of excitement to boot!
Did you try preparing that new KidneyBuzz.com Impact Meal recipe? Cooking can relive stress but cooking something that you’ve never tried before can also get your creative juices flowing and be fun as well as out of the norm. Try it out!
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I will leave you with this, Friends, strive to learn something new every day! Whether you are learning a few new words or phrases in another language, a new skill, a hobby, or just reading breaking news at KidneyBuzz.com - it will help you meet new interesting people as well as gain a sense of confidence and achievement. For more information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics can better manage their lives, visit your #1 go-to resource - KidneyBuzz.com.
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