Most romantic partners, like friends and family, will want to support you, but might not always know how best to do that. Sharing hard times or experiences can bring couples closer and increase intimacy.Many people are not aware of the basics of what kidneys do, what kidney disease means, and what is involved with dialysis.Sitting in the shadows of my eco-friendly Prius, I scan the parking lot for any sign of life. A man walking with his head down, looking very suspicious shifts his gaze towards me. Whether you are having a casual dinner or hitting “da club” for a night of dancing, Parkinson’s disease doesn’t take reservations and can be unpredictable. That depends on how much your Parkinson’s impacts your body. Don’t waste time on someone who will not accept you. You’re a super-fox and anyone who cannot see past the disease, doesn’t deserve your time. I mean, seriously people, it’s challenging to find someone who you connect with, let alone finding someone who is worth the effort of shaving your legs on a Friday night. So seeing as I am single-and-ready-to-mingle, I thought I might answer some of the questions that come to mind when trying to date with Parkinson’s disease. I have referred to us Parkies as we are all unique and no two are the same. So while I don’t have a tremor, my Dyskinesia can be a challenge to hide. Many people don’t know what kidney disease and dialysis entail.They may have some misconceptions that might cause fear.
Kidney disease is a part of you, but it doesn’t define who you are.If they're sad, they may question whether they're still desirable. However, millions of people manage to date happily with STDs.Sometimes, that's because they don't know they have an STD.Allow them to ask you questions and make it an open door discussion.You don’t need to discuss all the details at first, but can build on knowledge and understanding as the relationship progresses.This way, you’ll be able to find items that will work with your dialysis diet.By planning ahead, you can make other meal adjustments during the day, such as reserving some of your fluid intake or nutrient allowances for your date.Change can be scary, so be patient with your partner as he or she processes what this diagnosis means for him or her, for you individually, and for you as a couple.Be honest about your feelings and encourage your significant other to share theirs. It’s okay to view yourself in many ways, but start by highlighting your best qualities, just like you would on a job interview.Try to plan your dates when you’re feeling your best, and don’t overdo it with activities that will wear you out.For example, if you’re feeling tired, suggest seeing a movie together instead of going for a long walk or hike.