When life knocks you down, calmly get back up, smile, and say. "You hit like a bitch."

Dialysis machine fail.


Sometimes my trusty ball and chain fails. Yep, just like that something goes wrong. Either the cassette (the thing with all the pipes that plugs into the pump) is faulty and the machine screams until I press the stop button, or the pump door won’t open, or some thing or another doesn’t comply. Nothing, and I mean nothing gets me more pissed off when that happens. It’s enough that I have to contend with the daily grind of dialysis, I don’t also want to deal with a bothersome shitty machine.

Like when the bloody cassette fails and water gushes out all over the floor. And this is no ordinary water, no it’s a glucose solution. And let me tell you, that’s some sticky shit right there! I get so hacked off. Nothing makes me swear more than when there is sticky crap all over the floor, and bloody masses of it too!!

It’s very difficult to see the silver lining when that happens. If things can just work the way they are supposed to, our lives will all be just that much better. Anyway, after a deep breath, the mess got cleaned up and life went on.

Some days I’m just so sick of it all.

“True, if you fight, there is always a chance you might lose. But if you do not fight, you can never win.” 
― Taylor E Bennet.


5 thoughts on “Dialysis machine fail.

  1. Shame sussie! That’s aweful!

  2. All we can do is stay calm and press the green button.

  3. Thats why I do hand exchanges. Been doing hand exchanges since 06 and have only had 2cases of peritonitis

    • I also did hand exchanges, but I found it took up so much of my time during the day. I prefer the one connection at night.

  4. Regarding Home Choice PD machines – we have DEKA and Dean Kamen to thank for developing the device – however as an industrial designer with a strong interest in user centred design – I would love to be a part of the design team addressing some of the patient interface issues which still exist – it would be great to make a truly useful product even better. The PD approach has greatly helped us live more normal lives in our home but as Amanda points out here – there is always room for improvement.
    Much love Pete

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