Dealing with Stress
People tend to think of Kidney Failure as a disease where you are diagnosed and treatment is prescribed, dialysis possibly leading to a transplant and that’s simply it, but that's not the case, you start a regime where your whole life is turned upside down, as three times a week you have to give up in excess of five hours three times a week. You have to watch your fluid intake, and not only that, you have to now start planning holidays, and even short breaks around your treatment. Leading up to dialysis you will probably have undergone some surgery involving either the creation of a Fistula in your arm, or a Catheter in your stomach. If you are unfortunate enough to have sudden kidney failure you may need a temporary line either in your chest or neck. You may feel physically and emotionally drained, perhaps confused and unsure, and maybe also feeling sick and quite unwell.
What about if you are a teenager with your whole life ahead of you? If you’re an older person this is bad enough? Can you imagine what that means for them?
Friends and relatives are usually quite supportive, however some people need to talk to someone who is not close to them, someone who can help them get their lives back in prospective.
Within the Fife Kidney Support Group, one of the reasons we hold outings and meetings is so you can also talk to like minded people in a similar circumstance to yourselves. Most of our members are patients, carers or families of patients.
Who else can you turn to?
Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can overwhelm us. It helps to get some Breathing Space. Pick up the phone - we're here to listen.
Breathing Space are a telephone support line.
6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).
24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday)
Phone and speak to a Breathing Space advisor on 0800 83 85 87.