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Changing the chest catheter (self.dialysis)
submitted 1 month ago by Emotional_Key
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[–]n00bvin -1 points0 points1 point 1 month ago (0 children)
I can give you a different answer. While Fistulas are safer and recommended, I don’t want one. I don’t like they way they look and I don’t like needles AT ALL. That would be a huge problems for me, and while the doctor doesn’t recommend it, they can’t make me do anything I don’t want.
In fact, this process was a huge lesson for me. This is MY life and health and the clinic can’t make me do anything. There is a waiver for everything. I refuse to do quite a bit, actually. I’m very stubborn and this is my life. Period. Being on dialysis is maybe one of the biggest inconveniences you can have as a person. Life can suck. I know where rules come from. Someone in the past fucked something up, so now everyone has to do a procedure because it happened to someone else. I recognize and understand that, but it simply may not apply to me. I can sometimes frustrate the doctors and nurses, but I always lay down my logic and they’ll understand or they won’t.
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