Life at dialysis went well today. The dialyzer did its work without any warnings, so I had quietness in my spot for three hours and fifteen minutes. It was an excellent dialysis day. I am thrilled. While I dialyzed, I watched GSN and ID on TV before coming home between 12:30 PM – 1 PM.
A patient who gets dialyzed in the afternoon has moved to the morning shift since there is an opening after MC passed. It is nice to see J (female). I like her very much. I am glad that the empty chair is filled with life once again. Seeing an empty chair saddens me. MC will be missed, and it’s going to take time not seeing MC come in for a while. Life is moving on.
I did not make it to dialysis on Tuesday because of the weather. I know that dialysis is essential and necessary to remain healthy when life has some curveballs to pitch once in a while. I am not happy when I miss dialysis, but when the weather is terrible, I will not tramp out there and fall, breaking a bone, and being hospitalized for long to recover afterward. I do not like missing dialysis, but when bad weather occurs, no one is going to be out. I have been waiting for spring for the longest time now. This weekend we are going to have some beautiful weather and more snow next week.
I feel I have been reamed a good one about missing dialysis on Tuesday. Yes, I could have gotten sick, but I did not get sick. The technician who has been taking care of me for the longest time told me that if we know that we are expecting bad weather and my ride cannot bring me, then I should find another way that can so I do not miss dialysis. With MTM, they want a forty-eight-hour notice to supply a ride for the patient/appointment. Now, how are we supposed to know how bad it will get in the winter before it hits us? We do not know, and DKF’s discretion on driving on icy/snowy roads is not going to happen to protect herself and her clients who ride with her. I am not happy being told how to get to dialysis. I know the importance of dialysis and why I need it.
With that said, I can say that the machine I was tethered to was quiet all through treatment. It was an excellent dialysis day! I am now glad to be home from dialysis until Saturday.
The life of Kristi K continues to move forward. It was a perfect day. I got to dialysis a little before 9 AM, got to my chair before 9 AM, and was tethered to the machine by 9:05 AM. I watched GSN and ID while I waited for dialysis to be finished for the day so I can start my dialysis weekend once I was out of the clinic door. As I sat in my chair and watched TV, I was impressed that I did not hear any beeping from the dialyzer today. It made my day perfect. I could not have asked for more on how dialysis went today.
I do have to admit that I heard some bad news while I was at the clinic. Before getting tethered to my dialyzer, the nurse L came in from outside to work, and we chatted. I asked about a couple of patients, as I was worried. I haven’t seen one of the patients since her brother passed away. I was glad to know wherever this patient was, she was having dialysis. Losing a loved one can be difficult. About thirty minutes later, the nurse L came to me to tell me that the patient I was inquiring about earlier had passed away on Thursday. I felt sad for the family. I loved the attitude this patient had about life. Now she is gone. I am glad, although time with her was only a few months before she passed away, to have met such a bubbly, quirky, and amazing woman. Her presence is unforgettable.
Feeling for my IRIS worker’s experience of getting stuck in the ditch on her way to my place from her early morning client’s location, I did not make it to dialysis today. The roads and streets were slick from the snowfall we had during the night, and it was still snowing when DKF left to go to her next client. I just sat around watching an episode and start watching the second episode of Cold Case on ROKU channel, Matlock, then Diagnosis Murder, Magnum PI, People’s Court, Judge Judy, then The Simpsons. I will be going to dialysis on Saturday. A ride has been provided through MTM.
When it comes to dialysis today, from April 24 – May 6, 2019, I have to admit that now dialysis is a part of my life until I can get on the kidney transplant list. I call that dialysis, and when I have an appointment on Tuesdays while at dialysis, on Tuesdays, I see Dr. A., I call that Appointment Day. Today was an appointment day.
Okay, we had a little rough patch in the first forty-five minutes or so, but it was smooth sailing after that. Being tethered to a machine between 9 AM – 9:15 AM, I was out of there by 12:20 PM to wait for DFK to pick me up to take me to my nail appointment. Yes, today, I had my nails done for February. Yes, I treat myself every month by getting my nails done each month. I got home a few minutes before 3 PM.
I saw Dr. A about my monthly results, and the only thing he was concerned about was my phosphorus level is a little high. Okay, I need to work on that by taking my phosphorus blockers every time I eat and take them with me when I go out to eat. I did tell him the truth that I sometimes forget even though the medicine is right there next to me. Forgetting once in a while is okay. It happens. I do not forget on purpose.
Today was a perfect dialysis day. My machine did not beep at all while other machines beeped around me for some reason or another. My catheter did not have any issues today. DKF did not work for me today, so my ride from Richwood picked me up at 8:30 AM. I got there between 8:45 – 8:50 AM, and my technician T (female) got me at 8:55 AM, and I got hooked up to my dialyzer by 9:05 AM. It was a wow moment that ended up turning into a wow three hours and fifteen minutes, and I was out of the clinic at 12:30 PM today. Dialysis went well today. I got home a little before 1 PM, got my lunch warmed up, and watched 3ABN’s sermon, and ate my lunch, and waited for my boyfriend and his mom to call telling me they were on their way to have Bible study with me.
I do have to admit that it was a rough start. The machine beeped a lot because my catheter area was tense for some reason. My neck was rigid. Sometimes my cerebral palsy reacts to situations I have no control. I was able to get through dialysis, and out the door at 1 PM when DKF picked me up to take me home. Now I have to wait until Saturday, where a ride will be picking me up from a company that MTM has found since DKF will not be working for me this weekend or the weekend of February 15 or Monday, February 17. It is their second wedding anniversary.
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.
I am going to say that it was awesome being at dialysis today. With having three weekends in a row of bad weather and not getting to dialysis on those Saturdays was getting me a little emotional. I am one of those patients that makes it to all her appointments unless certain things come up, and are not in my control. I dislike missing dialysis. Today made me very happy.
I do have to admit that my catheter was being positional, but not by much today. T (female) is on vacation right now, so R (male) was in my pod, taking care of four of us. He hooked me up before 9:15 AM, the machine beeped a few beeps before repositioning myself, watching the GSN channel, and was unhooked by 12:30 PM. Once dialysis was over, leaving the clinic, my dialysis weekend begins. It was an excellent dialysis day.