Dialysis

RADAR Key

It is available from Disability Rights U.K. for the sum of £4.50 – if you are disabled then you do not need to pay VAT. They only sell to anyone who needs to use...

Dry Scalp

Whichever dialysis you are on (APD or CAPD) they have one thing in common: they pull every last drop of water out of you! One of the symptoms of this is getting a dry...

Draining The Bags

This can potentially be a slow and/or messy job. You will be taught (as with everything else) on how to put the solution down the toilet once you have finished a CAPD exchange.  There...

Blue Badge

Another benefit you can apply for, is a blue badge. Annoyingly you have to apply online and then my local council sent me an application to fill out – so it was double input. You...

Car Tax

If you do apply for PIP and you are awarded the enhanced rate for the mobility section then you are exempt from paying any car tax. You have to apply via a letter but the link will...

Hand Washing

As with everything else in dialysis, you will be trained on how to wash your hands. I thought it would be useful to show you how I wash my hands and then give a...

Stock Take

For both CAPD and APD you have do to a stock take once a month or once every other week – depending on how often your deliveries are. I found that doing a stock...

Charts II

Very similar looking charts for APD with similar reasons from CAPD – Charts. The main difference is that the machine does all the maths for you, which is good if you are lazy like...

Charts

While I'll never know, I imagine that all dialysis charts look different. However, the reason for the charts and what the unit is looking for are; Fluid – are you dehydrated or overloaded. The...

PIP

PIP or Personal Independent Payment is the Government's new disability allowance. It has had it's fair share of controversy and criticism – but the current system is what we are stuck with. The PIP...