For the first time this year, a nationwide Dialysis Patient Day was announced. Falls today, November 8. It is an initiative of the Dialysis Patients Company. He takes care of patients undergoing dialysis to improve the quality of life of kidney patients and patients undergoing long-term procedures. There are people who have undergone dialysis for thirty years or more. They should be at the station three times a week, no matter the conditions. They need it to live like water, although water is their biggest problem.
– Water is the main problem of the body – says Anthony Osenko (69). – It is not allowed to accumulate. It requires austerity and discipline, because water is everywhere – in vegetables and fruits. It’s boring, but I know it’s impossible to work without it, so I’ve adapted and lived. The hardest thing is in hot weather. The man is dehydrated by thirst. But what can you do. You have to create a dam and maintain the barriers. When you overdo your diet, dialysis turns out to be correct. The nurses are waving their fingers: Mr. Anthony, you must not, you have exaggerated …
When Mr. Anthony fell ill, he didn’t think kidney disease would set the rhythm of his life – I didn’t think it would be this way for the rest of my life. You have to accept that, go on a diet, get moving in order to be relatively active, listen to the doctors and not skip dialysis, she says.
Discipline and diet as well as dialysis ensure a decent quality of life for patients. But the epidemic came and the world of kidney patients collapsed.
For these patients, the pandemic is a terrible time, says Dr. Marcin Tkachik. Patients have a very low resistance against all types of infections, as well as resistance to the Corona virus. Dialysis patients are eight times more likely to develop infections than the average population. In addition, diseases have a difficult time. The rate of infection with the Covid virus was very high. And it so happened that the dialysis stations lost up to one in five of their patients. They could not isolate themselves. Because how? They had to come to the hospital for dialysis. three times a week. They met people on the road and in the hospital. The risk of infection was greatly increased.
Dialysis patients cannot be isolated and cannot be completely isolated. He will kill them – explains Dr. Marcin Tkachik. Quarantine for them is not possible because dialysis saves their lives. Without dialysis such a man would die, so patients had to come to dialysis centers at the height of their infection so that they could live. Therefore, a separate transport was created for patients with dialysis, a special time was allocated for dialysis, separate rooms. However, until vaccination was introduced, this did not prevent patients from becoming infected. Everything changed only after the introduction of vaccinations. 90% of these patients were vaccinated and the number of cases decreased significantly. – We also hope that in the event of an infection, the infection will be much easier – adds Dr. Tkachik.
Let’s save ourselves
Anthony Usinenko has been on dialysis for seven years. He commends CZMP Hospital, only because it is nearby and comes here by himself. Thus, it reduces the risk of disease. – I was afraid of covid like everyone else, but I did not panic or hysterical, although I am in the danger group and for me the infection could end tragically. I have to fear every disease. That’s why I protect myself. I am after the third dose of the vaccine and fortunately the plague did not affect me. I live my rhythm, go for a walk, listen to doctors’ recommendations, avoid stores and use a mask. I follow the safety rules, but I’m learning them because I had to follow strict rules before because of my illness.
– When someone asks me whether I should be vaccinated, I say with conviction – To vaccinate – Mr. Anthony advises. – I highly recommend it. Vaccinate yourselves, people. It is usually said: “Others get sick, I am not in danger.” Just until we meet the virus. Then he collapses and groans to save him. I say: save yourself first. Why do you groan later so that others may be saved?
In September 2021, there were 20-22 thousand dialysis patients in Poland. This was much less than two years ago when the dialysis stations were serving 25,000-27,000 patients. A large proportion of patients did not pass the infection with Covid. These people died as a result of the disease. Due to low immunity and a high risk of infection, dialysis patients should be given special protection, because they live only thanks to dialysis and are waiting for a kidney transplant. And not all of them. Dr. Tkachik says those who don’t qualify for transplant are sentenced to dialysis for the rest of their lives.
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