[quote=DianeCarl;14701]We just started home hemo dialysis about 5 weeks ago. Three weeks of training and two on our own now. We are using the NxStage machine. My father is on the dialysis and I’m hooking him and running/monitoring him and the machine.
It’s been pretty stressful. We’ve had some problems but managed to work through them all.
Has anyone been on the NxStage machine for a long time? The support seems to be very good but I’m a little dissappointed in the problems I’ve had with the cartridges. I had 2 that leaked. It just makes me uncomfortable having to worry about the machine or machine parts when I’m already worrying about possible medical problems with my father.[/quote]
Hello and welcome! Another Nxstage user…yay! Well, I mean in a sense that your not alone! There are many of us using it.
The first several weeks of using Nxstage after training is stressfull and that is natural for everyone who just started home dialysis. Any dialysis machine at home would give the same results in that you have to face the challenge of caring for yourself and/or your partner.
Like Jane stated, no dialysis machine is perfect! I would also have to say that Nxstage was not my first dialysis machine at home…back in the late 80s I used an in-center dialysis machine and it was not better than Nxstage! For me Nxstage has greatly streamlined my dialyzing at home.
I also would agree that sometimes things don’t go as expected and we must remember we were trained to handle such situations. Your the driver, just the way you were trained to operate a motor vehicle the same applies with self-care with Nxstage. You have to be alert on things that are not right. If the cartridge is bad you replace it with another. Always report to Nxstage on any bad or unusual incidents of your cycler and its accesories.
I also want to point out that in many respects Nxstage has been doing what no other dialysis machine company has been doing, and that is direct client support through phone, fax, and email. Personally, I have been using Nxstage since 2004 and only had 2 leaks…I knew how to handle it and was able to return my own blood back…
Nxstage is doing all they can to improve their products and services. I don’t blame you when things are not working right, I feel the same way, but I think Nxstage is doing something about it, they’re proven to have made changes in the past and sure agree they continue to do so.
Diane, just rememeber to report any unusual problems to Nxstage and don’t give up!