Working with Kidney Disease

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Working with Kidney Disease: Rehabilitation and Employment:

Working with Kidney Disease: Rehabilitation and Employment Nephrology Center of Pagadian City Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

What does rehabilitation mean for me?:

What does rehabilitation mean for me? As a kidney patient, your rehabilitation involves: Return to a healthier state Having a more positive outlook Enjoying family and friends Feeling useful At first, your kidney disease may affect our self-confidence, making it hard for you to think about getting back to activities you used to enjoy. With the help of family, friends and the health care staff, you can begin to get used to your new lifestyle. Nephrology Center of Pagadian City (NCPC) Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

How to improve physical strength?:

How to improve physical strength? Improving physical strength is an important part of rehabilitation. Dialysis treatments may improve your health. Changes in your body caused by kidney failure and treatment may lower your energy level and endurance. Low red blood cell count (anemia) is probably one reason why you get tired easily. Erythropoietin ( EPO ) is used to treat anemia in kidney patients. This treatment has helped many patients feel stronger. Nephrology Center of Pagadian City (NCPC) Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

How to feel stronger emotionally?:

How to feel stronger emotionally? Because you have a chronic illness, you may feel afraid or discouraged when you think about the future. You may find the changes in your health hard to handle right now. You may also feel anger, guilt and depression. These feelings are normal and are part of the process of accepting your illness and treatment. You will begin to feel better about your illness and more in control of your life when you learn more about kidney disease and your treatment . Nephrology Center of Pagadian City (NCPC) Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

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It is important for you to know that  depression can be treated . The first step is to change negative self-talk ("I'm never going to feel better") to positive self-talk ("I'm getting a little better every day"). Talk about your feelings  with your family, with friends and with members of your health care team. Your social worker is trained to help you with emotional concerns. Nephrology Center of Pagadian City (NCPC) Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

Is a leave of absence necessary?:

Is a leave of absence necessary? Many people who start on dialysis are able to return to work after a short time off. Many kidney patients look forward to returning to work as soon as possible. For these people, returning to work and its routine, helps them feel more normal. For others, thinking of returning to work may seem too much now.  Talk to your doctor about when you should  be  able to return to work . Talk to your employer about your job and any changes that may be needed for you to return to work, such as flexible work hours and days. If you have a heavy job, you may want to talk about changing to a lighter job. Only you can decide when is the best time for you to return to work. Nephrology Center of Pagadian City (NCPC) Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

You may want to discuss the following with your employer::

You may want to discuss the following with your employer: Can the work schedule be changed to allow for dialysis treatments or doctor's appointments? Will you be able to make up time off for dialysis? Can your dialysis schedule be changed to accommodate work hours? What are the physical demands of the job and any limitations you might have? Can you have the company's health insurance and will it cover dialysis care? Nephrology Center of Pagadian City (NCPC) Dialysis Center 2/F BMD Bldg., FS Pajares Ave. cor. Sanson St., Pagadian City, Philippines (062) 215-8257 / 925-1673 0925-387-2334 NephroPagadian

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