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During this phase, you’ve settled into the routine of your treatments and medications. You’ve caught your breath and know what affects ESRD and its treatments on your life and how its affecting your family, friends, employment and overall health. As in the other phases of the AAKP Patient Plan, each of the pieces of the adjustment phase will be broken into parts. This lets you read it at your own speed and go to the information that is most important.
Phase 1 is described as being similar to when you’re on a road trip and your car’s gas tank is getting close to empty…you start looking at the road map and street signs to find a gas station when you need it. Phase 2 is like finding a gas station, stopping to fill up and beginning the trip.
Phase 3 is the time when you’re on the trip, have a pretty good idea of where you’re going and the car is set on cruise control. Just because you’re cruising along the highway, however, doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep reading the signs and checking the map from time to time. As with any trip, there will be some detours and a few traffic jams. The AAKP Patient Plan can be your road map as your continue your journey with ESRD.
Remember, you are not alone on this trip; there are many people who will help you along the way.