2/4/2020 Dialysis Day

Dialysis did go well. There were a couple of bumps in the road, but dialysis began and ended at a reasonable time. I was happy with the results.

When it comes to dialysis days, I do not argue about it. It has to be done, and I am not the only patient who does dialysis. Where I go, there are twelve chairs and dialyzers. Each chair, unless a patient cannot make it or is in the hospital, the chair may remain empty or a patient from the second or third shift may come in early. I like my chair, my spot, my place. My life at dialysis is what I call necessary. Today was one of those days where I was going with the flow the best I could when the machine beeped a lot for a little while. Yes, my catheter has been having positional issues lately. It can be frustrating at times when my comfort level is not good. When certain technicians are not working, I get a little apprehensive and a little anxious. My routine feels out of sync. Today I felt out of sync at dialysis even though I was hooked up before 9:15 AM and out in the clinic lobby by 12:30 PM until 1 PM. I was glad to get out of there. I think I was having a rough time with being at the clinic today. I wanted to get away from one of the patients. This one patient seems to be uncooperative and a little defiant when the technicians need him to stop bending his arm, he does not like putting his feet up in recline mode when it is necessary to do so. When BP is low, the technicians want the patient to recline. I am always reclined. I dislike having my legs dangling. Now, please do not get me wrong, I like the patient. He’s human and has his health issues, and what his life he was given all these years has made him feel. Sometimes his attitude rubs me the wrong way. Today was one of those days. Although I have no control of where patients are sitting, I wish that the technicians wouldn’t sit him next to me.