Quote from foxy1112
Lol, that's not what I meant. From where I'm from, patients are very unappreciative. They treat dialysis as a burden rather than an opportunity. I always remind them back in the days when dialysis treatments were only given to selected patients who were only considered useful to the environment. I tell them how blessed they are to have this opportunity nowadays; to be dialyzed 3x/week.. But unfortunately, they don't see it that way...
Well, I see what you are saying, but it is a burden, too.
Dialysis patients have every single aspect of their lives controlled: what they eat, what meds they can take, what they drink, they are often diabetics, ports, fistulas, infections... It's a rough road, as you know. Those that do look at it as a chance for a better life maybe do so intermittently at best. I haven't met too many that can.
I'm not a dialysis nurse. Nor am I a dialysis patient.
In my experience though, I don't really remind patients what they should be appreciative of, and that their burden is not their burden.