Thursday, 15 March 2012
13:08 | Posted by Agnes | | Edit Post
I’m pretty sure that everyone has noticed the huge lack of updates on my blog by now, I’m really sorry about that! A couple of weeks ago my internship started and I didn’t realise that it would be THAT time-consuming. I work at a dialysis center now, 8,5 hours per day and 5 days a week. Dialysis is a treatment that replaces some of the lost kidney function, most of our patients have a chronic kidney disease. There are two main types of dialysis called hemodialysis (this happens with a machine) and peritoneal dialysis (= using the peritoneal membrane to filter blood). Healthy kidneys filter your blood of harmful waste products but when the kidneys lose function and can’t take care of your body anymore, dialysis is an option. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m trying to complete a bachelor's degree in nutrition/dietetics ;)
A book with portion sizes
The job of a dietitian at the dialysis center is to assess the dietary intake of the patients, recommend changes that will benefit their health and to monitor the progress. The purpose of the diet is to maintain a balance of electrolytes, minerals and fluid to limit the buildup of waste products in the body of the patient. We also look at someone’s medication, the medical history and maintain patient records to make sure that the patient is getting the most suitable treatment possible. At this point I’m doing a little bit of everything to get more experienced. We recently got new lab results so I spent the past week interpreting the results and visiting patients to discuss the outcome and what to do next.
Above you can see some sort of 'intake form' (written in Dutch), most dietitians here don't use it though because they know it by heart.
I usually work 40+ hours per week, which doesn’t include all the extra time I need to study and write reports. Unfortunately it leaves me with very little time to blog, although I’m also feeling excited that my graduation is getting closer! (The internship ends in June/July and my graduation takes place in July, if everything goes according to plan). And even though the internship is not easy, I’m learning a lot and the atmosphere at the center is great. The patients and the people I work with are extremely kind, last week I participated in a multidisciplinary meeting for the first time and afterwards one of the nurses came to see me and told me that I did an awesome job. Little gestures like that really give me a boost and make me forget about my busy schedule, well, until I’m heading home and realise that I still have a million things to do :P
To make a long story short: I’m very sorry about the lack of updates. When I get home from work I usually feel too drained to even think about blogging, but I’ll do my best to update more often (maybe during the weekend?). Neglecting my blog for so long doesn't feel good!
Aaawh, I found an 'old picture' of Beau and one of our dogs, Syra. Aren't they adorable?
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