First Posted: 5/2/2013
The Fresenius Medical Care North America clinic in Scotland County is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and one man is thankful he was able to get help.
Chalmers “Dion” Davis has been receiving dialysis at FMCNA in Scotland County for the past 10 years.
Davis was diagnosed in November 2002 after he was having congestive heart failure and his blood pressure was high. The doctors learned that his kidneys were being affected and he would have to go on dialysis.
Kidneys that can’t filter waste and extra fluid build up in your blood can cause diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Fresenius Medical Care. The kidneys can also lose the ability to produce hormones that assist in making red blood cells, controlling blood pressure, and maintaining healthy bones.
Davis said that because of dialysis, he can breathe easier and he no longer has to worry about his blood pressure being high.
“The main thing about going on dialysis is you can’t be afraid. A lot of people are afraid because they hear bad things about dialysis,” he said.
Davis said believing in yourself and staying on the diet helps. “Believe everything is going to be all right. Make sure you have an understanding that you can still live a good life,” he said.
FMCNA is a major provider of kidney dialysis services, education and support for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), including treatment options for later stage CKD.
Dialysis care services include hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, education tools and transplant support services, in-center, at home, or in a hospital.
“Our staff at Fresenius Medical Care Scotland County is committed to providing patient-centered care, combined with the latest treatment options and technology, so patients like Mr. Davis can have the best quality of life possible,” said Ruth Lee, clinical manager of Fresenius Medical Care Scotland County. “Mr. Davis proves that people can live their lives to the fullest, despite having a chronic illness. Dialysis patients spend many hours receiving treatment each week, so we are pleased to offer this high level of care and comfort, for people in the Laurinburg area.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative from October 2012, more than 20 million U.S. adults were estimated to have CKD and most are undiagnosed.
Other problems associated with kidney disease are inflammation of the kidney nephrons, and diseases that are inherited like polycystic kidney disease and some birth defects, autoimmune diseases like lupus, malformed kidneys, kidney stones, and repeated urinary tract infections.
Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood and removes extra fluids when a person’s kidneys fail. Dialysis patients typically require treatment on an ongoing basis unless they receive a kidney transplant.
There are two FMCNA clinics, the Fresenius Medical Care Laurinburg and Fresenius Medical Care Scotland County.
Fresenius Medical Care-Scotland County is located at 1061 Aberdeen Road, Laurinburg. The phone number is 910-277-3592.
Fresenius Medical Care-Laurinburg is located at 701 Lauchwood Dr., Laurinburg. The phone number is 910-276-6669.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.