What is hemodialysis?
The process of hemodialysis.
During hemodialysis the team will use your graft to gain access to your bloodstream. Two needles will be inserted into your graft, one on each side. The needles will be attached to tubes, one tube will take blood from your body to the dialysis machine.
Inside the dialysis machine the blood will travel through a filter which removes waste and extra fluid. The cleaned blood then travels back to your body through the second tube. (Pellico, 375)
Call your doctor if:
-Your graft sight changes in color or temperature.
-If your graft no longer vibrates when you touch it.
-You experiance pain, redness or swelling of your graft limb.
-You have a fever or chills.
-Your graft bleeds when you are not in the dialysis unit.
Ditch the salt shaker
Lower your salt intake and eat less salty foods. This can help lower your blood pressure and decrease weight gain between dialysis treatments.
Herbs and spices
Use herbs and spices in place of salt to help add flavor to your food.
Avoid salt subsitutes that contain potassium.
While peanut butter, nuts, seeds, dried peas and beans are good sources of protein, they are high in potassium and phosphorus and should be avoided.
Foods high in potassium to avoid
Oranges, Kiwi, Bananas, Star Fruit
Potatos, Avacados, Beets, Beet Greens, Spinich, Parsnips, and Rutabaga.
If you have problems with dry mouth try sucking on hard candy, chewing gum or swishing your mouth with water. (Kidney.org)
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