More of the occasional dialysis venting

I came into dialysis tonight and immediately heard The Tech’s gospel blaring from the radio from 75 feet away, when I walked into the clinic. Now, I’ve been fed up listening to that radio for seven months now. I haven’t said anything, because, well, what’s the point of pissing off one of the two people in the clinic overnight who have got the power to kill you? Tonight, with Good Nurse out, The Tech seemed to feel comfortable tripling the volume. I snapped.

I dared to turn down the volume, significantly down. I vented to Sub Nurse that I had had enough. By initial blood pressure reading tonight was 177/98. That first reading is usually unusually high. It’s not really a wonder why. Sub Nurse dared to complete turn off the radio; apparently, it’s supposed to be off once patients arrive. It’s usually on past 11.

Well, The Tech wasn’t amused. She demanded to know who had turned off the radio. Sub Nurse said she had. Why? A patient had requested it. And I raised my hand.

The Tech was not amused.

Of course, she and Mr. X have been carrying on while I’ve typing this. I have headphones on and the TV’s going, but I don’t want to put the ear plugs in, and I don’t want to pump up the volume, because I am tired of giving myself ear aches.

I do not like writing about dialysis. Just trying to cope, to get through another night.


4 thoughts on “More of the occasional dialysis venting

  1. Gospel over the radio is horrendous. Something about the AM/FM frequency, combined with the static, makes it sound like an ice pick in my ear.
    I made weekly deposits to a bank for almost three years before moving to Durham, and it was torture to stand there for twenty minutes every Friday… because the gospel station was the only one the tellers could agree upon.
    Kudos for asserting yourself.

  2. This is bullshit. This shouldn’t even be an issue for you or anyone else. They know music can be an important part of this time.

    Do you have noise canceling headphones?

  3. Here’s the thing, said Tech, she complained to sub nurse about turning it off saying we don’t just do that on the whim of one employee, other patients enjoy it. Sub nurse said they had head phones in and were watching TV, then she quoted policy to said Tech. Then the Tech started quoting all kinds of policy about 10 other things the she “lets the patients get away with.”

    In my opinion, now that we have personal TV’s and use headphones instead of one large communal TV, outside noise other than the machines needs to go. I am lucky because of my position in the clinic. If I were you, I would email Lynn. When I complained about the morning crew carrying on using their outside voices when they came in at 5am, there was great response and they quieted down.

    The only reason I would go to noise canceling headphones is if the noise of the machines bothers you. I am such a heavy sleeper that it takes them a while to get me up.

    Unfotunately, AM did not find what he was looking for at another clinic and is back with us.

  4. I hsve noise-canceling headphones, but I haven’t been bringing a steady steam of AAA batteries, I need often. If you fall asleep with your iPod on, the noise-cancelling will only last a night or two.

    I could also invest in a better set. Mine cost around $80. I figure Bose costs $300. But I don’t think I’ll be making that investment anytime soon.

    THe machine noises don’t really bother me. Loud conversation, the radio, opening boxes in the middle of the night…those bug me.

    I fear that a conflict with a staff member is more difficult to remedy than any problem with dialysis process or meds.

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