Dialysis without Fear: A Guide to Living Well on Dialysis for Patients and Their Families

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More than 400,000 people in the United States undergo kidney dialysis. If you or a member of your family are one of them, then the prospect of a regular appointment with a dialysis machine may seem like the end of life itself. But that reaction couldn't be more wrong.

In Dialysis Without Fear, psychiatrist and dialysis patient Dr. Daniel Offer joins with his wife, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, and daughter, Susan Offer Szafir, to reveal how life can be lived--and lived well--on ...

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Overview


More than 400,000 people in the United States undergo kidney dialysis. If you or a member of your family are one of them, then the prospect of a regular appointment with a dialysis machine may seem like the end of life itself. But that reaction couldn't be more wrong.

In Dialysis Without Fear, psychiatrist and dialysis patient Dr. Daniel Offer joins with his wife, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, and daughter, Susan Offer Szafir, to reveal how life can be lived--and lived well--on dialysis. Drawing on his long medical career and more than seven years of personal experience with dialysis, Dr. Offer dispels many misconceptions surrounding this treatment, explaining how you can adapt to the new diet, travel, work and continue to partake in life's joys and celebrations. But the fears and hardships can be quite real, and Dr. Offer brings his years as a psychiatrist to bear as he provides practical advice on how patients can overcome them. Walking through each step of dialysis, he explains different types of treatment, examines the pros and cons of a transplant, and discusses side effects. Since dialysis affects the entire family, Dr. Offer and his coauthors also provide realistic insights into how relatives can cope and thrive together, sharing the humor, courage, and triumphs of real families who have successfully faced the challenges of dialysis. The result is an inspiring, practical guide that will help you and your family learn to overcome the difficulties of dialysis, live without fear, and enjoy every day.

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"Dialysis without Fear approaches the problem of kidney failure from multiple perspectives-that of patients, family members, and to a lesser extent the health care team. While describing in detail the nearly meteoric impact of kidney failure and ongoing need for dialysis to stay alive, the authors highlight healthy coping mechanisms for dialysis patients and their families. The book has a pervasive air of optimism, love of life and acceptance. It attempts to teach one how to strike a balance between realistic constraints and enjoying life fully. While imparting a wealth of factual information, invaluable to patients new to dialysis, it celebrates the life-saving value of renal replacement therapies. Anyone involved in the field of dialysis in any capacity stands to gain knowledge, compassion and a deeper understanding of what patients and their loved ones are going through by reading this insightful book."--Orly F. Kohn MD, FACP, Director of Dialysis Program, University of Chicago

"An informative and insightful introduction to what everyone whose kidneys have failed should know. The personal tone and contents of this book will educate and inspire anyone facing kidney dialysis or transplantation to lay the groundwork needed to face the challenges that lie ahead."--Garabed Eknoyan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Founding Co-Chair, Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative & Former President of the National Kidney Foundation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195309942
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Offer, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The author of sixteen books and 200 scientific articles, he has been on dialysis since 1999. Marjorie Kaiz Offer is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is married to Daniel Offer. Susan Offer Szafir is a freelance writer and marketer, and is the daughter of Daniel and Marjorie.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Dialysis Misperceptions versus Realities     3
A Visit to the Suds Factory: Demystifying the Machines and Tubes     29
Dialysis Options: Choosing What Works Best for You     55
The Decision to Pursue a Transplant     73
The "K-Team": Working with Dialysis Professionals     94
Dealing with Emotions: The Psychological Impact of Dialysis     114
The Impact of Dialysis on Interpersonal Relationships: Love, Sex, Family, and Friendship     136
Work and Financial Implications of Being on Dialysis     160
Adapting to the Dialysis Diet, Curbing Liquids, and Embracing Exercise     183
Traveling and Planning for Emergencies while on Dialysis: Taking a Leap of Faith     204
Afterword     228
Glossary of Terms     231
Helpful Resources     235
General Educational Resources
Travel Resources
Professional and Financial Resources
Legal Resources
Books
Journals, Magazines, and Newsletters
Notes     245
Bibliography     247
Index     251
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