Dialysis is a treatment that replicates the functions of the kidneys by removing toxins, wastes and excess body fluids from the body. There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The effectiveness of these two types of dialysis is comparable but the working principles are quite different.
What happens during kidney dialysis?
During hemodialysis, the blood collected from the body is pumped into an external dialysis machine that serves as an artificial kidney. This machine has a specialized membrane called a dialyzer, which helps to extract toxic substances from the blood through diffusion. After this process, the cleaned blood returns back into the body through a separate route. On the other hand, peritoneal dialysis involves the pumping of dialysis fluid into the abdomen. This simple process facilitates the absorption of waste products from the blood through the lining of the abdominal wall, called the peritoneum. No matter which type of dialysis you select, a treatment session on average takes around 4 hours.
Things to do during dialysis
1. Play Games
3. Listen to music
Music is not just a perfect blend of tunes; it is a sensation that refreshes the body and gives flight to your imagination. Listening to music during your treatment can help you to stay relaxed and experience less nausea and pain.
4. Solve Puzzles
If you prefer doing activities to keep your mind sharp, solving puzzles is a really good idea. All you need to do is visit a local store nearby and get yourself a Sodoku book, puzzles, or word search books.
Letting your body rest is another good option. You might want to consider taking a nap to relax your body.
You might want to consider using this time to do some coloring. To do this, get a coloring book and color pencils ahead of time and enjoy every moment of your dialysis.