When I first started dialysis, I was hopeful. The clinics were well staffed and the conditions were clean and safe.
But because the clinics have cut down on staff and still serve so many patients, the caregivers can’t keep up. So the conditions have become unsanitary – blood on the machines and chairs, trashcans overflowing. Even worse, patients suffer and die.
One day during dialysis, I was sitting about 15 feet away from a patient who went into cardiac arrest. The staff was so busy with other patients that they weren’t able to respond until it was too late. He died right in front of me.
At that moment I realized that that could be me one day.