War on diabetes: An inside look

Dialysis stops avid traveller from going farther for trips abroad

Madam Ivy Tan, 55, lost the use of her kidneys last year. She opted for peritoneal dialysis, which is done at home daily over a period of eight to 10 hours, but that has not stopped her from enjoying life while she can.
Madam Ivy Tan replacing the peritoneal dialysis solution at home. She opted for peritoneal dialysis when her kidneys stopped functioning, and, with the aid of a machine, she does the dialysis overnight over an eight-to 10-hour period every day.
Madam Ivy Tan replacing the peritoneal dialysis solution at home. She opted for peritoneal dialysis when her kidneys stopped functioning, and, with the aid of a machine, she does the dialysis overnight over an eight-to 10-hour period every day.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

Madam Tan needs to take 5kg of solution for each day she is away for peritoneal dialysis

As well as taking her dogs for a walk, 55-year-old Ivy Tan likes to travel and she has been to Malaysia three times in the past year.

She hopes to go further afield, to places such as Bangkok and Jakarta, but there is something holding her back - the 5kg of solution she has to carry with her to treat her diabetes for each day she is away.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2018, with the headline 'Dialysis stops avid traveller from going farther for trips abroad'. Print Edition | Subscribe