Today

overcast dayI usually post on Thursdays because it’s a “day off” from dialysis but today, I’m just really hazy and lazy.  My mood reflects the weather today.  It overcast and gloomy.  So, I won’t post today (actually I am posting just not about dialysis! LOL)  I will post this weekend about dialysis.

I was busy this week (perhaps a bit more than usual).  I posted about the conclusion of my EEOC complaints against my former employer in “Dialysis and EEOC Mediation (Update)” I posted about my reasons for getting involved in political activism in “Dialysis and Activism” which features a video made of me.  So, you get to see me stumbling about, verbally, in response to some questions about that. And, finally, I posted regarding how to tell your kids about your dialysis in “Dialysis and Telling the Kids”  So, I feel I can take the day off!  LOL

I’ll visit Houston, Texas next week so I may not post because I’m working on an article about the optimum dialysis center.  Houston is where Dialyspa (love that name) has some dialysis centers designed cooperatively by a patient and a doctor.  I wrote about them in “Dialysis and Dreaming

Dialyspa Lobby new

Dialyspa newest center Lobby before and after

In this photo, note the “living room” appearance. Does your dialysis center waiting room look like that? A fireplace!?

On their website they make this statement:

3:1 Patient to Technician, compared to 4:1

9:1 Patient to Nurse, compared to 12:1

This dialysis center offers heated, massaging recliners and individual touch screen monitors at every chair.  Books, Netflix, music, internet and more will be at the fingertips of those spending time on dialysis.

It almost makes dialysis seem fun, eh?!   I really look forward to visiting and reporting on it.   But, the objective is to work up a comprehensive design criteria for the optimum dialysis center.  How’s that for reaching for the stars?

© 2013 DevonTexas

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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2 Responses to Today

  1. hollybernabe says:

    Oooh. That Dialyspa place looks nice. If only more dialysis centers could be like that!!

    • DevonTexas says:

      Agreed! I visited one of their centers this week and will post more pictures and descriptions this weekend. Perhaps if we patients start demanding this, we’ll get it.

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