Transitioning from Pediatric Care into Adult Clinics
Some people encounter kidney diseases very early in life. Their challenge to preserve health is enormous and along with their family, they experience life in a unique way, very different than people with healthy childhood.
Their perspectives and their approach to life is undoubtedly different and must be respected.
The time comes when independence and free will is most important. So many activities to engage into, complex timetables, and even more complicated routines to fit in, and yet feel free, feel fit, healthy and happy is the rule.
Understanding each others perspectives is in our view the key to success in maintaining adherence to the medical plans that they have to follow.
Sometimes it's as simple as following a diet and exercise routine, sometimes is as difficult as attending to a dialysis centre and spend half a day, 3 times a week there, mingling with others not so young, not so fit, not so eager to get out there and enjoy life!
Sometimes it means to have several surgeries in a single lifetime, and having to take a dozen tablets per day, in order to keep going through a kidney transplant.
In Newcastle Nephrology we try our best to "put ourselves in their shoes" , listening and negotiating the best approach to maintain the best quality of life while maturing and moving into another stage in life.