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December 13, 2013

Working Can Benefit Those Suffering with a Chronic Illness

2 Comments to “Working Can Benefit Those Suffering with a Chronic Illness”

  1. myriadh said,

    February 11, 2015 @ 5:39 am

    Hi Dr Robert,
    I am 43 y/o ESRD pt on HD. I ve been working as an ER nurse since before I got diagnosed with the disease.
    My concern is, could I still function as a nurse while on HD. Physically, I feel well. Health wise, I felt like Im not on HD sans weakness and other symptoma than before. Labs also are quite well except for s/crea and BUN which fluctuating.
    Anyway, Im hoping you help me with my concerns. I really want to go back to work. Im at loss now.

  2. Robert Provenzano, MD said,

    February 16, 2015 @ 8:46 am

    We know that dialysis patients who remain employed while managing their care tend to have lower incidence of depression – they feel happier, healthier and more financially secure. I encourage you to explore the option to go back to work. Great resources include your social worker and doctor who can address specific questions and concerns you may have. Also, DaVita Kidney Care is hosting a Google+ Hangout tomorrow, Feb. 17 on this very topic of working and managing dialysis treatment. Dialysis patients and caregivers will answer working-related questions, you can RSVP here: http://www.pages03.net/davita/Working_Patient_Event/

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