Here is the third Briefing module. As usual, it is not quite as I expected. It was to cover two aspects: Physical, how you may feel before the session; during the session; after the session; when you get home, effect on sleep; and Emotional (Mental): dealing with the new reality; the grief cycle.
I received several very valuable emails and comments on both topics, but especially on the grief cycle. As a result, each turned out to be bigger than expected. So I decided to write one sheet on each topic, beginning with grief: coming to accept life on dialysis.
So here is Briefing 3. Dialysis – from Shock to Acceptance
Special thanks to Devon Texas and Carl from Winnipeg, Canada for their valuable input.
While researching the grief cycle, I found that there are several versions. The 5-Stage cycle is the most popular, but I think the 7-Stage cycle is more appropriate for BigD-ers. However, I found a wonderful summary of the 5-Stage cycle in Wikipedia from The Simpsons, which is well worth repeating:
Dr. Hibbard: Now, a little death anxiety is normal. You can expect to go through five stages. The first is denial. Homer: No way! Because I'm not dying! [hugs Marge] Dr. H: The second is anger. Homer: Why you little! [steps towards Dr. H] Dr. H: After that comes fear. Homer: What's after fear? What's after fear? [cringes] Dr. H: Bargaining. Homer: Doc, you gotta get me out of this! I'll make it worth your while! Dr. H: Finally, acceptance. Homer: Well, we all gotta go sometime. Dr. H: Mr. Simpson, your progress astounds me.