I knew the clinic wasn’t hot, but I was! I wanted someone, anyone, to open the windows and make the suffocating feeling go away.
I looked desperately around trying to find help. I was sitting in my dialysis chair at the end of a row with five chairs, and the tech was on the other end at the nurses’ counter. I called out, but he couldn’t hear me from where I was.
Finally, I clicked the emergency button, and he started walking over. By now the heat was so overwhelming that it felt like an eternity for him to get to me.
I remember trying to stand up as he arrived. But I was still connected to the dialysis machine. I reached for the tech’s arm, and then everything went dark.