Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome to the suck pt 2

113/51 77     99/48 72

Things went well this morning, well as well as having to get up super early to go to the hospital to have your central line flushed can go. I am currently hooked up and pressures do seem to be good, although there is currently a strange vibration in the line. This would generally indicate a clot if pressures were higher but they are actually very good. It's an odd sensation, I guess the best way to describe it would be if you left your cell phone on it's lowest vibrate setting and set it on your chest when it received a call.

I hooked myself up earlier than usual tonight so that I could have a little bit longer to sleep after disconnecting in the morning before having to get to to go to work. I guess the worst part of having to do this 5 nights a week is that I can't go to bed when I want to. I have to plan my evening around what time I want to get up and the 7 hours that I'm connected. Plus it takes between an hour to and hour and a half for prep and to just get connected in the first place. Once the 7 hours go by its another hour or so to get disconnected and clean everything up. Thats 9 to 10 hours a day that I spend just doing this. Of course a little bit of that I'd be asleep anyway. It's still better than having to go to the hospital for 4 hours 3 days a week. I'll appreciate not having to leave the house so early once winter is in full swing.

This is how my evening went tonight.

20:30 - 20:45 Gathering my supplies
20:45 - 20:50 Water test for any residual chlorine in the machine
20:50 - 21:30 Setting up the machine
21:30 - 21:40 Connecting myself
21:40 - 4:50 Precious blood filtered by what looks like a computer from the 60s
4:50 - 5:00 Disconnecting
5:00 - 5:15 Gathering up the tubing to be thrown out
5:15 - 5:30 Acid clean
5:30 - 6:10 Heat clean @ 60C (I can sleep during this however)


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