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Chronic Kidney Disease Patient Shares Benefits of Home Hemo Dialysis

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Home dialysis is gaining popularity as more people are made aware of its advantages.
Air Date: 8/14/15
Duration: 10
Host: Deborah Howell
Guest Bio: Elias Arciniega
Elias-ArciniegaElias Arciniega, 39, has been fighting chronic kidney disease (CKD) for nearly half his life. Happily married for 13 years, Elias has never missed any of his five children’s field trips, and works full-time as an Estimating and Project Manager for a Morgan Hill-based construction company. His remarkably full and meaningful life, he says, is due to his ability to administer dialysis at home. Six days a week he finds 2-3 hours in his schedule to clean his blood. Elias can simultaneously help his children with their homework, or read to them as his wife cooks dinner. “I see my family all the time,” says Elias, whose daughter no longer cries herself to sleep because he’s away from home at a dialysis facility receiving strictly scheduled treatments. “It’s a game-changer.”
    Chronic Kidney Disease Patient Shares Benefits of Home Hemo Dialysis
    Elias Arciniega, 39, has been fighting chronic kidney disease (CKD) for nearly half his life.

    Happily married for 13 years, Elias has never missed any of his five children’s field trips, and works full-time. His remarkably full and meaningful life, he says, is due to his ability to administer dialysis at home.

    Six days a week he finds 2-3 hours in his schedule to clean his blood. Elias can simultaneously help his children with their homework, or read to them as his wife cooks dinner.

    “I see my family all the time,” says Elias, whose daughter no longer cries herself to sleep because he’s away from home at a dialysis facility receiving strictly scheduled treatments. “It’s a game-changer.”

    According to Brigitte Schiller, MD, Satellite Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, "Chronic kidney disease affects one in nine Americans, or 26 million people, yet only about 10 percent of U.S. patients in need of dialysis undergo home dialysis."

    But, home dialysis is gaining popularity as more people are made aware of its advantages.

    What are some of those advantages? 

    Home dialysis patients live longer, enjoy better outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare.

    Elias and Satellite Healthcare recently teamed up to participate in a week-long Santa Clara County (California) “Freedom Tour" to promote the benefits and increased quality of life for patients dependent on dialysis due to end-stage kidney disease.

    Listen in as Elias shares more about his own journey with chronic kidney disease, as well as how home dialysis has allowed him to lead a fully, happy life.
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