COVID-19 Tips for Dialysis Patients
It has been a challenging past few years for those with compromised immune systems and conditions that increase the risk of COVID-19 complications. Patients on dialysis are at a greater risk of not recovering from COVID because of their weakened immune systems. Here are a few COVID-19 tips to help you stay extra careful and healthy while on dialysis.
Stock Up on Kidney-Friendly Foods
Be prepared to self-isolate at home if you get sick or come into contact with someone who has COVID. Most grocery stores offer home delivery options so that you don’t need to leave your home. MagicKitchen.com offers convenient delivery and ready-made meals that are dialysis-friendly and delicious. All these meals are low in sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.Maintain Social Distancing and Stay at Home
If any visitors or caregivers come to your home, make sure you all wear masks and maintain social distancing. Try to limit how often you go out in public and avoid crowded areas if possible. If your friends and family members have any symptoms, such as a runny nose or cough, isolate from them as best as possible. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly and tell your visitors to do the same.Get Your Medicine and Supplies Ahead of Time
Don’t wait until you run out of medication to get a refill. You never know when you will be required to isolate due to COVID exposure, so prepare for at least two weeks’ worth of medication and supplies. Check for home delivery options or ask someone to drop it off for you to avoid going out.Reach Out to Your Support System
This pandemic has been tough on everyone, but it can be especially draining when you are at a higher risk and must isolate yourself from loved ones. If you need medical help or are struggling to manage your dialysis appointments, call telehealth, social workers, or your caregivers to help you. Video call your friends and family often. Communicate your needs with your support system.