Well, I now have dates for training on the NxStage. All being well, and with a following wind downhill, I start on the 15th on the unit and then the machine is installed at home the following week and I am supervised in the community (!) for 3 days and then set free!! I will need to be signed off on the usual competencies for good dialysis practice as well as the competencies for the NxStage. I just need to consider that the bad habits of 20 years of self care are not too at odds with those competencies! I guess all the short cuts I take in prep etc to save time, albeit safe to do, are parked for now! Although in truth the shortcuts I take are only relevant to the Fresenius 4008. I will have to learn a whole stack of new ones!!
I am also going to have a week of daily dialysis on the Fresenius in May, which will be a good test and the blood result from that will not only help with drug dosage for InnoHep and Renagel, but also provide good comparisons for the NxStage so I can really judge what true benefits I am getting.