I am my husband's cannulater and advocate for better treatment. He was prepped for dialysis in 2006 but by managing his diet and lifestyle, I kept him off dialysis for TEN years. Doctors failed him in 2016 and he fell onto Stage 5 kidney failure. Immediately, he walked into the dialysis center and the door slammed in my face. I have had to fight every day to find out how he was doing. We finally were told we should do home hemp. We were on the waiting list for the classes for 8 months. Now we are on our own. While our nurse was excellent on teaching the machine and method, I had to teach myself nursing, "putting in the "needles, etc" I has been 18 months an no Thanks to DaVita. We'd be in-center if I could be with him.
Supporting a spouse: Home Hemodialysis