Per her kidney doctor yesterday, Mom will probably need to start dialysis in the near future. He mentioned that most dialysis patients are younger than she is, and after thinking about that I have a couple of questions I hope someone can answer.
First ... he wants a 24-hr urine collection done for further diagnostic tests. Mom is incontinent and wears Depends. She *usually* makes it to the bathroom on time but not always, and overnight she definitely uses the Depends (goes in her sleep). Should I be concerned that not ALL of her urine will be caught during the 24-hr timeframe?
Second ... when she's been hospitalized, the nurses have had problems finding a good vein for IV and blood draws. In addition, her skin is very thin and needles/tubes meant to stay in place have torn the skin and had to be moved. I'm wondering how much of a problem this may cause for dialysis 3 times a week?