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Coping with dialysis

Q. I have been in dialysis for a little over a year, going three times a week for treatments. I read, watch TV and sometimes sleep. I know that dialysis is keeping me alive, but I really get depressed when I think this may go on for years until I get a transplant. How did you cope with it?
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Q. I am very serious about doing my own hemodialysis at home but am scared of needles. I can't image putting those large needles in my arm every day. How did you do it?
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Post-transplant problems

Q. I thought I would feel better immediately, but I am having a lot of problems adjusting to the immunosuppressant drugs. What was your experience?
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Staying compliant

Q. I've recently had a kidney transplant and taking all these immunosuppressant drugs is really complicated and time-consuming. The hospital gave me a list of my drugs and the times I have to take them, some with food and others hours after I eat without food. It's all very confusing. Why can't I just take them once a day? It's really getting me down. How did you do it?
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