Age 45 - Laveen, Arizona
Home Dialysis Gives Arizona Patient Energy, and Freedom to Travel
Raymond Scott has been on dialysis for most of the past 15 years. But the 45-year-old former military electronics technician hasn’t let the need for regular blood-filtering treatments keep him from enjoying his passion for travel. “It doesn’t stop us from going anywhere,” he says.
Raymond, who grew up in South Carolina, has lived in the Phoenix, Ariz., suburb of Laveen since leaving the Army in 1997. Since then, he’s traveled to Canada, Jamaica, Hawaii and other destinations – sometimes with his two young children, but always while keeping up with his dialysis treatments.
For about a year now, he’s been on home hemodialysis. It makes traveling easier, since his portable hemodialysis machine is small enough to take with him on car and airline trips. Dialyzing at home saves time by requiring fewer trips to the dialysis clinic. It also allows him to dialyze more often, which he credits with keeping his blood pressure lower and giving him more energy.
Raymond works out three times a week at the local YMCA, where he tries to put in at least an hour of cardiovascular exercise, mostly on the treadmill. His 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter also help him keep moving, he says.
He advises other dialysis patients to “be as active as you possibly can,” and to maintain discipline when it comes to your diet.