a few points about dialysis at -12 C


how the front of the hospital looks to me as I walk a little bleary eyed from the road three mornings a week, I am supposed to arrive by 7:20 am, which means getting up around 545 am and that time can go earlier if we have snow, since I need more time to uncover my car and scrape ice off the windshield. I park outside.

it used to be the practice to give dialysis patients a discount on monthly parking fee, we paid $30. However a new policy came into effect and our discount disappeared. The fee is now $60 a month and I along with some other dialysis patients park out on the street in front of the hospital and trudge across the frozen parking lot to the front entrance. Annoying but hardly unbearable.

it is sometimes a little disquietening to see patients in wheel chairs out here smoking.

one day one of our three hour dialysis patients came in to report that a wheel chair patient had fallen out of her chair and was lying on the ground out by the entrance.

Inner  doors main entrance of the hospital

beyond this door is the waiting area for the lab, where we sit and wait to be called in for dialysis

we hang up our coats, take off our winter shoes or boots, and step on the scales to check our walk in weights. The doctor has decided our target or exit weight and the nurses make a calculation on how much fluid to take out of our blood, plus adding in some fluid, and taking in account if we drink water, coffee or tea during the dialysis run

— tomorrow or the next day I will add some more photos and text to take me through a run and the steps needed to get out the door again.

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Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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