After years of not leaving her home community of Richmond, Dolly Mariano is once again a happy traveller.
Dolly has polycystic kidney disease and has been on hemodialysis since 2007. She started on conventional hemodialysis but within a year was on home hemodialysis using a Gambro machine. When the BC Renal Agency started its trial with the NxStage system in 2014, she was among the initial group of ten patients chosen to try it out.
Although she stopped working when she turned 50 two years ago, she continued her workday routine structured around her dialysis needs. With NxStage she dialyzes five times a week.
"I just got used to my life being pretty much work, home for dialysis and then sleep," says Dolly. But all that has now changed. This summer Dolly and her husband spent four days at a bed and breakfast in Saanich.
"It was wonderful," says Dolly. "We were just three minutes from a large park with good walking trails, and just five minutes by car from the beach."
Enjoying a getaway like that has been a dream for Dolly for many years. And her NxStage machine helped make it possible.
"The machine and all the supplies fit into our SUV," says Dolly. "We even brought home all my waste disposables because I didn't want to cause problems for the people at the place we rented."
With the success of her first trip away in ten years, Dolly is already planning her next one. A trip to Tofino is in the works for next spring. And with the comfort she now has with NxStage and dialyzing away from home, this time she plans on staying away longer.
To support NxStage patients wishing to travel with their system, the BC Renal Agency has developed a resource document available on the BCPRA website.