Dialysis without Fear

Dialysis without Fear : A Guide to Living Well on Dialysis for Patients and Their Families

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In Dialysis Without Fear, psychiatrist and dialysis patient Dr. Daniel Offer joins with his wife, Marjorie Kaiz Offer, and daughter, Susan Offer Szafir, to reveal how life can be lived, and lived well, on dialysis. Drawing on his long medical career and more than seven years of personal experience with dialysis, Dr. Offer dispels many misconceptions surrounding this treatment, explaining how you can adapt to the new diet, travel, work and continue to partake in life's joys and celebrations. But the fears and hardships can be quite real, and Dr. Offer brings his years as a psychiatrist to bear as he provides practical advice on how patients can overcome them. Walking through each step of dialysis, he explains different types of treatment, examines the pros and cons of a transplant, and discusses side effects. Since dialysis affects the entire family, Dr. Offer and his co-authors also provide realistic insights into how relatives can cope and thrive together, sharing the humour, courage, and triumphs of real families who have successfully faced the challenges of dialysis. The result is an inspiring, practical guide that will help patients and their families learn to overcome the difficulties of dialysis, live without fear, and enjoy every day.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 20.3mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195309952
  • 9780195309959
  • 861,677

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Kudos to Dr Offer and his family! I absolutely loved this book...while it is directed to patients and their families, I found it an absolute must-read for all those involved in the care of dialysis patients, including nephrologists, dialysis nurses, dieticians, and social workers. * Dr Peter Sawaya, University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Doody's Notes) *show more

About Daniel Offer

Daniel Offer, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The author of sixteen books and 200 scientific articles, he has been on dialysis since 1999. Marjorie Kaiz Offer is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is married to Daniel Offer. Susan Offer Szafir is a freelance writer and marketer, and is the daughter of Daniel and Marjorie.show more

Table of contents

1. Dialysis Misperceptions versus Realities ; 2. A Visit to the Suds Factory: Demystifying the Machines and Tubes ; 3. Dialysis Options: Choosing What Works Best for You ; 4. The Decision to Pursue a Transplant ; 5. The "K-Team": Working with Dialysis Professionals ; 6. Dealing with Emotions: The Psychological Impact of Dialysis ; 7. The Impact of Dialysis on Interpersonal Relationships: Love, Sex, Family, and Friendship ; 8. Work and Financial Implications of Being on Dialysis ; 9. Adapting to the Dialysis Diet, Curbing Liquids, and Embracing Exercise ; 10. Traveling and Planning for Emergencies while on Dialysis: Taking a Leap of Faithshow more

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