At the same time I need to avoid too many day-time regular four hour sessions. Otherwise I will feel like I am spending more time on dialysis than on having fun! If it is night time sessions, bring them on! I can take any number of them.
So, its a fine balance.
The night time dialysis will only be possible at centers since I will obviously not have a dialysis machine where I will be staying. Very few centers offer nocturnal dialysis at the clinic. Those who do, offer only limited days. For example, Davita centers that I have talked to only offer either Monday, Wednesday, Friday slots or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday slots for in-center nocturnal dialysis.
A couple of weeks back, I had my whole schedule ready and I sent it to all my friends and relatives in the places I would be visiting. A few days back, however, the seeds of self-doubt were sown by a dear friend, Murali (himself on dialysis) when he cautioned in a comment to a post on this blog that I must be prepared for 'complete fluid restriction'. Gosh! that sounded horrible! Especially since I was not used to any fluid restriction. Since then I have reworked my trip plan, shortened it, changed the dates, changed the places, removed some destinations, dropped the plan altogether, resurrected the plan, everything possible!
I now have a plan that seems feasible. I have had to change some stuff to accommodate more nocturnal dialysis and less four hour sessions. I am still doing the same places but in a different order to enable me to get better dialysis and hence - more fun!