In October of 2012, at age 62, Toni Barboza was in late stage 4 of chronic kidney disease when her nephrologist referred her to Reach Kidney Care of the Chattahoochee Valley. As a Reach patient, Toni was educated about normal renal function, causes of renal failure and treatment options. She paid close attention to the steps she could take to preserve the kidney function she had left and in hopes of delaying the start of dialysis treatment as long as possible. Knowing that dialysis treatment may be in her future, she carefully considered all her options and then selected in-center hemodialysis as the treatment that best suited her lifestyle.
Having chosen in-center hemodialysis, Toni recognized the need for fistula placement as soon as possible. Toni had a genuine concern in that her insurance at that time was due to expire in December 2012. When her situation was explained to the fistula friendly surgeon, everything was moved into high gear and Toni got her fistula before her insurance ran out.
Following surgery, Toni’s fistula matured nicely. Toni adhered closely to the recommendations of controlling her blood pressure; following the dietary modifications as directed by her nephrologist; avoiding NSAIDs and keeping her nephrology follow-up appointments. Her efforts resulted in her ability to delay the start of dialysis for nearly two years after her first visit to Reach Kidney Care.
On July 30, 2014 Toni started dialysis. Her first treatment took place in the outpatient clinic and using her mature AV fistula. Toni was able to avoid hospitalization and a dialysis catheter for the initiation of her dialysis treatments. She reports that she is feeling much better and is regaining her strength, energy and appetite.
Toni Barboza is a perfect example of the mission and goals of Reach Kidney Care. Through education and support, Toni became an active participant in her care plan. With the knowledge she gained she made decisions about her health that will have lasting positive impacts. She is confident in her plan of care moving forward knowing she is the most important part of her healthcare team.