Sometimes I have wondered over the last 12 years whether home hemo was worth it. There are a lot of problems and it does wear on my husband, who is my technician.
Today, I was at the access center for a fistulagram. So many of the patients, who are in clinics, told me how lucky I was to be doing treatments at home. They all wished they could do the same, but didn’t have spouses to help.
I do believe that we are lucky people. We are at the top of the chain when it comes to hemodialysis. The ability to dialyze at home, frequently, is what is keeping us alive and healthy. Dialysis in a clinic three times a week keeps you from dying, but it doesn’t extend your life or improve your health.