Dialysis and Kidney Health

Medication and Mental Health Tips for a dialysis patient

Diet:
Doctors advise that patients undergoing dialysis, or has been suffering from the renal disorder, should take special care of their food intake. Patients on dialysis should consult specialized dietitians do help plan their diet.

1) Include high protein foods in your diet
The high-quality protein in your diet is the first recommendation of every dietician, as it helps in producing less waste and hence, less removal during the treatment. Fish and eggs are recommended.

2) Less sodium
Sodium should be consumed as less as possible since a high intake of sodium demands higher water intake by the body. Also, follow the recommendations of your dietician seriously when it comes to spices.

3) Vegetable oils for calories
Vegetable oil, like sunflower oil, is a good source of adding calories to your diet but use them only on the advice of your dietitian, as per your body weight. It is also important to totally avoid saturated fats.

4) Less Potassium
Too much potassium in your diet can really affect you during treatment;, in fact, it can be fatal.

5) Less Phosphorous
Phosphorous pulls calcium and can make you feel weak during dialysis. So limit your consumption of dairy products as they are usually high in phosphorus.

Medication:

  1. If you are already on medicines for renal treatment or if you are on dialysis, make sure to follow the schedule strictly, as advised by your doctors.
  2. Always keep a stock of medicines that are important for you and are consumed daily so that you can avoid stepping outside.
  3. Doctors at AMRI strictly advise that medicines should be taken on time; set a reminder or an alarm for the same.
  4. Stay in touch with your nephrologist over phone or text and whenever you feel uncomfortable, take the advice of your doctor.
  5. Know your consumption of medicines and the usage of each medicine.

Psychological tips:
Kidney dialysis is a stressful time for parents undergoing treatment. We understand that the pandemic and isolation have added to the difficulties and a lot is going in your mind. However, understand that your mental health has an impact on your physical health.

1) Distract Yourself
Take up hobbies and get creative. Read books, paint start gardening, or pick up anything that makes you feel better.

2) Communicate
Communication and sharing your feelings with someone who is close to you and understands your condition can help you feel lighter.

3) Meditation
Allow your body and mind to take some time and synchronize with each other. Meditation can do the trick. You could take a stroll in the morning or evening and feel normal.

Warning: ALWAYS consult your doctor before following any advice on diet, medications, or your condition.

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