Hey there! I’m Dan and I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Failure (CKF) when I was 5 years old – being born with the condition.

I had a Kidney Transplant on 26th May 1994; unfortunately that is now failing so I am on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) and have been for 6 months.

Throughout my illness I have picked up a lot of information and tips on how to cope and ease some of the symptoms.

When I was told that my transplanted kidney was failing, I struggled to find all the information I was looking for in one place and some information was never found.

During Home PD training, the other patients I was with said that they had come to CKF later in life. They said that one day they were OK and the next day they were being told that they had CKF and needed dialysis and a new organ – they all had a “deer in headlights look about them”. To help them, I shared my tips and the Dialysis Nurse joked that I should write a book – I’m not much of a book writer so I thought I’d do a blog – Dialysis Dan was born!

You might read this a few times; I am and have not ever been a medical professional, all my hints and tips should be run passed your Doctor/Nurse/Consultant before using them – especially if it’s about Dialysis treatment. Also, you will not find anything about diets or drugs on this blog, as these are too individual to a person; so should only been dealt with by a medical team.

If you have any tips/hints then I’d love to hear from you or just for general feedback – feedback@dialysishacks.co.uk

Dan D