Guest Opinion: Singles Deserve Home Modality Choices

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.

2 thoughts on “Guest Opinion: Singles Deserve Home Modality Choices

  1. It is with a great deal of irony I read this piece.

    I am doing home hemo in Denmark where I am required to do it all by myself. This is because under the socialized medicine legislation in Denmark I could demand someone to come help me for free. But because severe budget cuts and austerity measures over the last many years it has been determined that people doing home dialysis of any kind need to be able to do it by themselves.

    What makes it even more crazy in my situation is that I am also a paraplegic which means that I have personal assistants but they are not supposed to help me out with my dialysis.

  2. Although I have a care partner, he plays no part in my care. We are adults and we should be treated like adults. If someone can jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a piece of fabric strapped to their back in the name of sport, why can’t someone who requires dialysis to keep themselves alive, be allowed the self-determination to do what is right for them whatever their social circumstances?

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