It has been found that around 71% of dialysis patients are unemployed.1 Since dialysis treatment is essential for a patient’s health, it is crucial for them to receive the treatment on a regular basis as instructed by their health team. For most patients, it’s a life-changing event when once they are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and some can deal with it better than others. The patient sometimes feels like their life is falling apart and they cannot live their life like before. One critical concern is whether these patients can keep their jobs and have a career like before. Since having a job makes a person feel like they are accomplishing something good in life and financially contributing to society and their personal life. But with the development of home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, dialysis patients can still do a lot of things even though they are receiving constant dialysis treatment, for example working and having a successful career. Although this might come with some adjustments.
Controlling your Abilities as a Diabetic
It is important for patients to discuss with their doctor what restrictions and abilities they have when working while receiving dialysis treatment. Even though dialysis patients are able to receive treatment and work as well, there are of course a few restrictions and changes to deal with, for example, not lifting up heavy objects or putting too much strain on their body. A physical job will be difficult for dialysis patients since they tend to be weaker than before and often feel tired. During the first few weeks of dialysis treatment, the patient might not be able to work and should stay at home instead to get enough rest. 2 Due to this type of working condition, is it essential for the patient to discuss the situation with their employer beforehand in order to avoid disappointment in the workplace. If this is a problem then another job with possible home office opportunities might be more suitable.