Dialysis and Support


My center allows patients to have visitors (some centers don’t) but they must wear paper gowns to cover their street clothes while they visit with the patient.  Sometimes it’s a short visit but there are also visitors who stay the entire 3 or 4 hours with the patient.  They watch TV or sit and talk with the patient for most of the time.   In a center in Ohio, a party of regular, full-time visitors has formed a group of their own.  Rather than sit in the treatment area, they hang out in the waiting room and they make the best of their time together by becoming a little family of their own.

What’s really noteworthy about this gathering is how it is also a support group.  While they enjoy each other’s company in a social context,  they discuss their problems and share solutions to those problems.  I’m pleased the CantonRep.com in Stark County, Ohio wrote about this.

You can read about it by CLICKING HERE

DevonTexas © 2013


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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1 Response to Dialysis and Support

  1. Reblogged this on kidneystoriesblog and commented:
    Gotta read this from Devon Texas

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