In-home dialysis is life-changing for one local woman

In-home dialysis is life-changing for one local woman
By: Wes Wallace

SIKESTON, Mo. - Most dialysis patients must go into a doctor's office several times a week for the lengthy procedure.  However, a Sikeston woman doesn't even leave her home for the process. "It's great, I do it here in my house, it only takes two hours, and I can sit and watch TV and not schedule my life around dialysis,"  explains Paulette Boardman.

Boardman started having kidney problems back in 1994.  She underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant in 1996, but both organs later failed.  She began dialysis in 2001, only to find it too wasn't accommodating with her active lifestyle. "I love to golf, but I didn't have the energy,"  says Boardman, "I even had to quit my job because I was tired all the time."

Then Boardman says she got desperate and looked for other means of treatment.  She found out about an in-home dialysis procedure, but it would be 3.5 more years before it got FDA approval. "One day they called and said, we want you to come up and train, you and your husband,"  recalls Boardman, "I was the first patient in the St. Louis area, and it worked!  That's when the miracle started, it's really been a blessing since day one, it's made a total change in my life."

Boardman's insurance covers part of the cost.  She says it's actually less expensive than regular in center dialysis, because she doesn't need the additional medications like other patients in her condition.