I remember my mom’s tight grip on my hand as we entered the door for her first dialysis session in 2007. We didn’t know what to expect, but right away we felt like things would be okay. So many people were paying attention to us — the nurses, patient techs, social workers, and kidney specialists came around regularly to check on mom. If her sugar levels were off, they would rush to give her water or ice to stabilize her. My mom was safe.
That was a decade ago. Things are different now. These days there aren’t enough caregivers to take care of all the dialysis patients that come in. I see them rushing around trying to dole out medicine, check patient charts, hook the patients up to the machines, check their levels, answer questions — it’s way too much for so few caregivers.