It was at that point that Nancy received a chronic kidney failure diagnosis and learned she would need dialysis several times a week. The news was difficult but made even more so when Nancy realized she’d have to travel two hours round trip several times a week to receive dialysis treatment in The Dalles—a major change and commitment for Nancy and her husband.
“I don’t drive anymore because my blood pressure drops too easily so I have to depend on my husband to take me places,” she said. “My car was getting pretty beat up and wearing out. And my body had a hard time getting used to [the drive and treatments]—my blood pressure dropped a lot.”
After a year of commuting back and forth to The Dalles, Nancy realized other options existed and found a new measure of freedom in home dialysis.
“I started hearing about how much more convenient it could be,” she said. “So, I talked to the nurse and she set me up with appointments to get trained.”
Nancy spent a week in Portland getting trained and then headed home with all her new supplies. Now she manages two treatments a day from her own home.
While there’s still a lot of work and a firm schedule required, Nancy is glad to have the option to receive her life sustaining treatment at home – especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a lot of work to do at-home treatment,” she said. “There’s a lot of stuff – boxes, bags, cords, but you get your freedom out of it. At a facility I would have to go three times a week, and I was stuck in the chair. At home you can be a little mobile.”
And transitioning to at home care has been made easier by the support of her doctors and staff.
“The staff has been excellent,” said Nancy. “f I have any questions I can just call and ask. It can get a little tricky but it’s been really helpful to have them. I can get help with my ordering, talk to my dietician, anything I need.”