44 years old - Troy, Missouri - Featured on February 4, 2011
Patient Urges Others to Learn about Their Options
Russ Tipton encourages other patients to consider home dialysis to create more freedom and flexibility in their lifestyle. He and his wife Tammy live in Troy, Mo.
Russell Tipton has been on dialysis for the past four and a half years, and during that time he has educated himself about the various treatment methods available to patients. His conclusion was that home therapy was the best option for his lifestyle and overall health, and he couldn't be happier with his decision.
A resident of Troy, Mo., Russ said that his doctor speculated that his kidney failure was the result of undiagnosed high blood pressure coupled with congestive heart failure. He began his treatments using peritoneal dialysis (PD), which lasted for about three years before he decided to switch to home hemodialysis. After he and his wife completed the necessary training at his home clinic, Fresenius Medical Care Wentzville, Russ was ready to begin home hemodialysis. Russ believes that home hemodialysis has given him more control of his personal life, and the longer treatment sessions are gentler on his body. However, he is currently back in-center for his treatments. Russ urges other patients to consider all of the modalities available, and find the one that best suits their lifestyle.
A St. Louis Cardinals fan, Russ has been to several baseball games this year, including three games in Cincinnati and three games in Atlanta, and used the Fresenius Medical Care Patient Travel Service to arrange treatments on the road.
Married for 10 years now, Russ has three children – two are 24, one is 17 – and two grandchildren who live nearby, so he sees them often. Russ stays active by doing yard work around his home, along with an occasional game of golf with friends.