You know, some people think that dialysis is just some "thing" you do, like taking a pill, or getting a shot. But it's dangerous. It's dangerous as hell. When I think about all the risks involved with the process, and how I did it for quite a few years... I count myself lucky. I also consider myself fortunate enough to have had a wife as amazing as mine.
She took care of me - and was my home dialysis partner. She made sure the process always ran clean, sterile and smooth. I never had a problem with anything like that - I got a cellulitis infection in my leg while on dialysis (not because of it, though - had a scrape on my leg, went in a hot tub and got an infection....d'oh!!!) and I was in the hospital for like a week and half! It was insane - it took forever to fight the infection it seemed.
But Jordan... what she dealt with in ensuring my care was immaculate? I can't even imagine. And she did it all with grace, style and precision. She's the reason I'm still here - and to call myself lucky is really underselling it.
If you know someone on dialysis, remember that it's hard on so many levels - and if you know a couple that is doing it together, know they need a little bit of extra love and support, because it's scary, lonely and dangerous out there.