I am a caregiver for my father who began diabetes with just having to watch what he eat and exercise. Well, due to his lack of motivation to change his lifestyle and watch his food intake, he became insulin dependent. He is 60 years old, still working full time, and loves food! He thought, forsome reason, that it would be easier for him if he just had to take insulin and "not have to worry about counting carbs and exchanges," etc. Well his disease has progressed so far and now he is in stage 5 renal failure. His doctors are saying that we need to start dialysis within 2 weeks. We have been going over his options about dialysis and what would work best for him, since he still travels with his job. He has decided on home hemo, and since his first fistula did not take, it looks like he'll have to have a port put in near his neck area until the second fistula is ready. I apologize for the long windedness of this question, but I felt I should explain the situation. So, my question is: what advice or help could anyone give me about being his partner in home dialysis and is there anywhere to get free or cheap supplies for this?
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