I used to write frequently about the problems about the frigid conditions at the nocturnal dialysis clinic. I would wake up soaked in a cold sweat and then have to lie there for another half-hour or an hour or more until my treatment was finished. It was one of several reasons why the nocturnal shift was intolerable, and I eventually left.
Make no mistake, other patients and staff believed it was far too cold in that space. The ceiling vents could also be a brutal part of the equation.
Here at the other clinic, the vents have guards hanging below that disperse the air. The room temperature is never especially too cold or too warm.
But my body still has a huge problem with cold. No one has yet to figure out what causes this. As of today, I will officially note that they do not care.
Approximately 90 minutes into my 3½-hour treatment, parts of my body will get cold. Specifically, any part not covered my clothing will being to feel as if an icepack is embedded in my tissue. If I wear shorts, my legs will get cold. If I wear short sleeves, my arms will get cold. I don’t wear a ski-mask, so my face and head always feel cold. I haven’t cut a hole in a long-sleeved shirt yet, so my arm used for access gets cold.
Here’s some purposeful ALL-CAPS action.
I DO NOT HAVE CHILLS.
MY BODY TEMPERATURE IS NOT ABNORMALLY LOW.
THE DIALYSIS FLUID TEMPERATURE IS NOT ABNORMALLY LOW (37° C).
MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS FINE.
I AM NOT HYPOGLYCEMIC.
I DO NOT HAVE AN INFECTION.
AND I AM CERTAINLY NOT IMAGINING THIS.
A couple of the nephrologists have taken this problem half-seriously in the time I’ve been on dialysis. The nephrologist doing rounds this month seemed irritated that I’d bring up something that he doesn’t have an answer for and suggested peritoneal dialysis as the solution to this problem. This is like having a car that makes a horrible noise that the mechanic cannot find the source of and having him tell you to just get a different car.
The internet has been of no help to this point. If anything, it’s just led me to anecdotal suggestions that send me down the wrong path.
I will be using the internet shortly to look for lightweight ski masks, if such things exists.