A little trouble to get started with dialysis treatment using my fistula today: two nurses worked it out though and I ended up with three holes not the usual two. My pump speed was excellent 420-430 and I cleaned 106 litres.
coming down the pike:
anigoplasty to fix a narrowing in the fistula
trip to Toronto, for a final check on my healed heel
end of August surgery to remove most of my parathyroid glands
seems we have lost one of our dialysis patient team to home hemodialysis, this program is ramping up in this area of Ontario – I will miss yakking with him in the waiting room
parathyroid removal is common related to hemodialysis
unfortunately, the a/c unit for the clinic failed and both our afternoon crew and the morning crew fried
my dialysis is the longest at 4.5 hours, even though I wore shorts and a T-shirt, it was scalding in the dialysis chair, after forty minutes I was wondering if I mght pass out. One of the nurses went down to the kitchen and came back with a resupply of ice. I slipped ice chips down the front of my t-shirt, and later poured melted ice-water on to the washcloth that had been trying to cool me off with a dunk in some cold tap water.
The nurses looked pretty limp after the long oven shift, they were there from just before 7 am.
I asked one of the other dialysis patients if he was well done or just medium.
He said, “You can sure stick a fork in me.”
Repairs do not look iminent, apparently several electrical surges did the nasty to the electric motor and so Thursday patients both AM and PM will have a rough time. The weather is supposed to breal cooler by Friday morning. I sure hope that cooler front does not slow down and arrives as forecast.. I thought I might pass out or vomit from the heat, but I dragged through.
There was an a/c problem last year. The hospital was trumpeting how it balanced its budget. I guess that didn’ include heavy duty preventive maintenance on that a/c unit, let alone a replacement.
One blessing, the rest of the hospital full mainly of geriatric patients, was a/c cooled all right, so those patients were comfortable.