Peritoneal Dialysis

A group for people on Peritoneal Dialysis.

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Latest Activity: May 19, 2017

Peritoneal dialysis is a form of dialysis used to remove waste products and excess water. It works on the same principle as hemodialysis, but your blood is cleaned while still inside your body rather than in a machine.

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Blood Sugar control on PD

Started by pdboy Nov 16, 2015. 0 Replies

Good dayMy name is Nick and I have been on Peritoneal twin bag for six months. Drain issues lying down made cycler unavailable. I am type 2 diabetic and find my blood sugars are erratic. I do 2.5…Continue

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Traveling on pd cycles machine

Started by Tom . Last reply by Lori Feb 17, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi my name is Tom ,I live in calgary I have been on pd cycles machine since sept 2014 has any one traveled to the U S was there any issues with deliveries or insurance let me know thanks

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Comment by Motherof2 on March 13, 2017 at 1:29

Thanks for the information John.

I will be contacting  my doctor tomorrow  to let him know of my decision to get started on PD

Comment by John on March 10, 2017 at 21:25

Hello Motherof2,

Getting started with PD is fairly quick.
Catheter insertion is a fairly simple process although it will take about 3 weeks to heal on average. Your Nephrologist should be able to fill you in on any particulars. Training for me, was about 3 weeks - 2 in the clinic and 1 week at home. No worries, they'll make sure you know exactly what you are doing. After training, it may take a week or so to get your cycler delivered - but for me it was less than 10 days. 

Wishing you the very best of success on your transition and I think you'll find the folks at Baxter are awesome!

God bless,
John Alexander

Comment by Motherof2 on March 10, 2017 at 19:50
How long does it take to get PD started?
What is the prep for catherer insertion? Once it heals - how long is the training at the hospital?
Can I start the cycles at night at home right away?
Comment by Wendy on February 22, 2017 at 0:43
Hi, I'm new to this site. I started PD twin bags in September 2015 and switched to the cycler in April of 2016. Much happier on the cycler as it frees up my days to do things other than constant exchanges.
Comment by jrmoore on January 27, 2016 at 20:56

Hello everyone, I am currently on PD. I lost my kidneys in 1984 and was on PD till 1990 when I got a kidney transplant. The transplant lasted till 2014 when it failed and now back on PD awaiting another transplant. 

Comment by Michael on January 8, 2016 at 0:45
Hey everyone! Just thought of sharing my experience if anyone here is younger than 30. Originally had kidney reflux at 6months old, right kidney failure at 18 months old, gradual left kidney failure till age 16, had a transplant from mom that lasted for 7 years. Then at 23 it failed and made me start peritoneal dialysis. Been on it since. Looking for people my age to share experience with and talk about the whole subject. I just turned 25.
Comment by Ron Grant on October 26, 2015 at 8:50

Just reading the comment about Baxter's service level. I do agree they do seem to try their best, although the last time I went on vacation  (to Nova Scotia from Ontario) my supplies never arrived. Six weeks notice, and they assured me the day before I left everything was in order and that the supplies would be there upon my arrival. I was there four days and nothing was delivered. (I was getting doubtful when I left to travel, so ended up packing everything I needed..and a good thing I did!)

Comment by John on August 26, 2015 at 9:49

Greetings fellow PD Patients,

I was just wondering how many other people find Baxter an extremely professional company to deal with?

I know that people usually don't write about something unless they have a bad experience or complaint. However, I have nothing but good things to say about Baxter as far as their customer service to me.

I find that every time I call in my order, the person on the other end of the phone is always very courteous, polite and quite professional. Their 24 hour help line is a brilliant idea and although I have only ever called it twice, both experiences were very helpful.

When I first started PD I once had difficulty getting my initial fill started. It was later at night, but sure enough, the service person on the other end answered right away and showed me a couple of little tricks (one of which worked right away.) Basically they told me to close the valve on my catheter and re-open it again. That's all it took and things started flowing perfectly from there.

The other time, I had my machine stop working. So I called the 1-800 number in the middle of the night and after a couple of quick tests, they told me my machine was needing repair. This was late on Saturday night when I called, but to my amazement they had a brand new machine delivered to me by 10AM Sunday morning next day.

That's what I call good service. I was just wondering if others have found them to be as efficient as I have. The other thing I appreciate, is the driver who delivers my supplies is always so careful to unload and sort my supplies out in the right order. He takes them right up the stairs and stows them away neatly every time.

Last year around Christmas, my wife and I bought the driver a little Christmas present just to say thank you for all the good service. It wasn't much, but I think he appreciated knowing that we were happy.

Best wishes,

Comment by ushav on August 22, 2015 at 16:09
Hi Tom,
We live in Calgary too. I was given the impression that baxter would supply everything to your destination addrss but they need 60 days time for that.
You would have to carry the machine with u as a medical equipment. Baxter and your nephrologist shd give the relevant letters re:titanium in the catheter etc. if you are on twin bags thrn u do not need the machine. You must call baxter and they will put you through to the travel dept. i also heard that if u r flying westjet is vety accomodating. Hope this helps.
Best wishes
Comment by John on August 22, 2015 at 15:37

Hi Tom,
Sorry, I can't help answer that one. I have been to the US only once since going on PD and it was a pretty short trip so I did half to answer a couple questions at the border since security picked up on the metal in my catheter. No problems and I did not need my machine or any supplies. 
Best wishes,


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