It is a tough thing, being on dialysis in the sense that there is so much that you have to keep on the front of your mind as you go from day to day. One of the things is caring for the fistula, which is your lifeline. It is the place where your blood is taken from your body and returned as clean as possible by a machine sitting beside you for 3 to 4 or more hours three times a week, or more if you are dialyzing at home.
We are told in the beginning when we get our fistula that we are to put our fingers along the fistula line to feel the “thrill”, which is a rushing feeling of blood flowing through the attached vein and artery. If we don’t feel that “thrill” something is wrong, it is clotted or somehow not working. We are told to check for this “thrill” several times a day from now on. Remember, it’s not a pulsing of the vein but that rush that you are looking for.
Don’t carry a purse or grocery bag over that wrist. No pressure is allowed on that arm because it can destroy your fistula very easily. Don’t allow a blood pressure cuff or IV or any kind of blood draw or even checking for sugar in diabetics.
It’s a lot to think about, isn’t it? This is where THE NONO SLEEVE is a very helpful tool for us. It covers the forearm of your compromised arm and protects you from needless medical mistakes that can happen in a doctor’s office, a lab, and especially if you are in the hospital for any reason. You just don’t have to worry about your lifeline being destroyed because of carelessness and neglect because of miscommunication between medical professionals, tired CNA’s who come in in the middle of the night to start that IV or draw early morning blood for labs.
Many things you have to consider and think about when you are on dialysis. THE NONO SLEEVE is the protection you need for your peace of mind.