Last Thursday at a meeting I talked with one of the Northwest Kidney Centers dialyzors that uses the PHD at home for daily nocturnal. He’s a big guy – about 130kg – he spoke of the PHD as a miracle with regard to ease of use and effectiveness and how well he felt. His only “complaint” was that he’d like to do nine hour runs for the same sleep convenience issues Pierre has posted. The PHD’s maximum run length is 480 minutes.
Right after the meeting and hearing how great nocturnal is with the PHD, I flew down to CA for the California Dialysis Council meeting in Palm Springs. At the CDC meeting I got to talking with some folks from Aksys and heard that they will now offer nocturnal to current PHD users by providing a heparin pump add on. I signed up on the spot.
I think by the end of May I will be able to mix nocturnal runs into my weekly schedule. As I have written before I use the Scribner Hemo Dialysis Productto reckon my dialysis schedule - length and frequency. I want a HDP above 100.
If I were to dialyze for eight hours Friday and Saturday night I would, according to HDP math, be able to do three two hour runs in addition to the two over night treatments. Friday and Saturday night for eight hours and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for two hours.
Alternatively one eight hour run and five two hour runs during the week would also achieve my goal. The whole flight back from CA I was considering the appeal of various permutations.