“I Don’t Know About This?”( A Patient’s Initial Dialysis Treatment)

While approaching the Education Department, I leave Nicole with Ashley. Ashley replies….” Well I’m glad that you’re gonna be a part of our Team. We are in the midst of a shift change where we are taking patients off and putting them on. Come with me so we can talk. While I set up my machines you can observe and ask me any questions you like.” Nicole replies…” Man it’s busy here and it’s loud. Machines beeping, people talking , and I can feel people staring at me…..” I Don’t Know About This now. I’m kinda overwhelmed.“… Ashley replies….” Hey I get it. I felt the same way when I first started. It was very scary. I mean I could literally feel my heart pounding a million miles a minute, my legs constantly shaking, palms sweaty and my anxiety at an all-time high. I felt dizzy, weak, and also nauseous at times. I was going through it. Nicole replies…. “ Sheesh I couldn’t have said it better myself. I’m kinda thrilled yet scared. Last night before coming here I was so nervous. I couldn’t sleep. It felt like the first day of school or something. Girl my anxiety was at an all-time high. Ashley says,” Oh I get it. The unknown is what is the most annoying. But try to think about why you applied and what you want to accomplish!”….. Meanwhile, AW is leaning to her left listening……,as Ashley continues to say, “ I remembered my interview, and I was nervous then too but yet excited. See this is like my first job in a healthcare setting. I plan to further my career and go to school to either get my degree to become a Registered Nurse specializing in Nephrology or maybe consider being a Renal Dietician. See girl I love to work out but love food too “ Yum!”, As Nicole laughs and says,” That’s awesome . I’m so glad you kinda calmed my nerves. I really appreciate you. So, will you be here all the time or just today?”, Oh I’ll be here. I kinda like our clinic. The job gets very demanding but taking care of our patients is very rewarding, and I know the outcome and end result will be grand. Nicole I’ll be happy to talk to you anytime. Just let me know…. ( Even though Ashley spoke to Nicole with great enthusiasm, she still has the look of despair and disposition on her face and swelled within her demeanor)…. Nicole replies, “ Thank you so much. There’s Dwelyn coming back. I see he has the simulation props on the cart coming this way. Hmm mm, I wonder what that’s all about? I’ll see you later girl!” ……. Ashley replies, “ Not a problem. “ Oh Nicole here’s something for you to read later on in your training. ( Ashley gives her a sealed envelope ) You may not need it since Dwelyn will be training you, but I sure did. Hope you find it insightful.

As I walk back to the floor I see AW looking to her left curiously at Ashley and Nicole ending their talk. As Nicole heads towards me ,” Hey Dwelyn how’s everything going? Why did you bring the simulation props out here?”. I replied, “ Well Nicole let me introduce you to AW, she’s new like you and the one thing you both have in common….. This is both your first day. On my cart I have 4 simulation devices to supply a visual to AW . I have a Graft simulation device, a Fistula simulation device, a Catheter (CVC) simulation device , and a model of a pancreas. Nicole replies with excitement and smiling ,” Can I help ?”… You know I moved to stick the arms!” Oops!!! I meant cannulate ! Sure thing. “ AW looks with a crazy look on her face. “ Ooooo Dwelyn those things look scary and so life-like. What is that gold thingy that looks like a little Gun? Lol… “ AW that’s a pancreas !” AW replies…. What does a pancreas have to do with this dialysis stuff it we are in here because our kidneys don’t work?
To Be Continued…..

Published by DiabeTech77

Hello to all of you our wonderful Kidney Trail Hikers . My name is Dwelyn Williams, CCHT, Immediate Past President NANT . I would like to say Thank You for joining us on The Kidney Trails. A brief story of who I am . I started my Hemodialysis Technician career in January of 2000 in Charlotte,NC. During that time and now the present I have been a Traveling Hemodialysis Technician, a Chronic Preceptor, an Acute Preceptor, Kidney Smart Educator, proud NANT Board Member , and a Hemodialysis Technician Instructor. My current status is a proud employee of Fresenius Kidney Care- Arcadia as a Hemodialysis Technician CCHT/VAM and also an Acute Hemodialysis Technician here in the Phoenix, Arizona area. My involvement with dialysis goes back as far as the early 90’s. My mother was a ESRD patient during that time. We as a family contributed to her well being by assisting her with CAPD at home. After a year of doing a home modality, she ventured out into outpatient dialysis in a chronic setting of hemodialysis. With that being said , I developed not only a interest I dialysis but an extreme curiosity of what this disease was and its effect on my mother and our family. This placed a heavy matter on me due to the fact that it was beyond personal and it could happen to any of our loved ones. Serving as a NANT member and on the NANT Board has aloud me to express my concern and issues amongst others. The ability to possibly influence others. To share my passion within my profession alongside developing my craft. My goal is to encourage every Nephrology Clinical Technician that they are important in more ways than one, and to know that they matter in our patients lives. I hope to inspire more Nephrology Clinical Technicians to take on more leadership roles in their communities, clinics, and NANT. As a newly Author and Kidney Trails Family member it’s is my duty to deliver the most epic and profound stories of my vision of Renal World. What a great time none other than during this tough time we are having in the world today being impacted by the COVID 19/ Coronavirus. We hope as you hike with us along The Kidney Trails , that each step we take is with Essential Potential.

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