by Kimberley Delaney…
My housing at this moment is influx as I attempt to relocate from a landlady’s room I rented for maybe 10 weeks. Before that, this maritally estranged wife left her parents’ home finally after the separation as I flap my wings to return to my independence.
As a dialysis patient off and on, not counting two transplants, for 16 years, the independence thing seems to be quite difficult. I no longer have a partner to be able to return to home hemodialysis. My former partners for home hemo were once my estranged husband who lives in another state, and my mother who I recently lived with but whose health is quite deteriorated. Why can’t I dialyze alone as I did years ago as a peritoneal dialysis patient? I was even able to work a full time job back then doing this modality.
Does my dialysis clinic , nay, the Federal Government and dialysis professionals discriminate against us single people who choose to do this form of dialysis which produces great lab results, more freedom of movement throughout our days, and the comfort to stay in our homes. What must be done? Patients able to dialyze at home, whether paired with a partner or as a lone dialyzor improves our quality of life and will help the dialysis businesses’ bottom line.
Editor’s Note: It’s time for the discrimination to end against single people. Everybody deserves to have access to their modality of choice. Home dialysis improves quality of life and outcomes. Adults can decide for themselves what the benefits and risks are of a particular modality. As greater longevity is one result of home hemodialysis, who is to say one person’s life is more valuable than another? Let singles dialyze alone if they wish.