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Having kidney failure does not mean you have to stop working. If you enjoy work and wish to stay at your job, discuss your thoughts with your kidney doctor. Home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatments give you the freedom to perform treatments at the office, on vacation or in the comfort and privacy of your home. Staying at work will not only help you maintain the most normal semblance of life, it will also help you maintain your health insurance and income.
It is important to develop a strong relationship with your dialysis nurse and nephrologist. Before deciding to work while on dialysis, discuss with your doctor about any limits you might have. There is a possibility that some of the types of tasks you perform may need change after kidney failure treatment.
Going back to work can be rewarding and exciting. Working gives many patients a stronger sense of self purpose. It allows you to have a higher income and it gives you more opportunity to engage with others and have a personal life.
If you have any questions regarding home dialysis options or working while on dialysis, give us a call and speak with one of our experienced and friendly staff. We have many resources available to you including a social worker. Our number one goal is to make sure you get the most out of your treatment and maintain your quality of life.