I was surprised!

By Mickey/CCHT Latest Reply 2011-11-07 13:37:14 -0600
Started 2011-11-03 22:59:48 -0500

I am a dialysis tech and I went to work today dressed in a blue scrub outfit to represent. When I told my patients why, because of it being National Diabetes Month, none of them knew it! A very large potion of our patients are diabetic! It sparked a lot of talks at work today,which is good, but i was really surprised by this.
I know this is not a really in depth conversation, but i found it very interesting and just wanted to share that. Thanks! :)

10 replies

GabbyPA 2011-11-05 08:39:19 -0500 Report

This is why we need to get the news out. Look at how many people you shared with that had no clue. The neat thing is that some of those will also go and share it with another friend. That is how it spreads. Good JOB!!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-05 17:47:22 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby! I am talking and talking and talking!!!LOL!!
What is cool is that i've been pretty open with my patients and they are always asking me ?'s and wanting to know what i'm doing different! It's really cool!
I can't wait for my t-Shirts to arrive so i can wear them out and get more people talking!

GabbyPA 2011-11-06 08:10:56 -0600 Report

You will have to post some pictures of you in your new shirts. I went to that website and found a few that might end up on my Christmas list.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-06 23:51:26 -0600 Report

I know Right! It was hard to just get a couple! Going to go back.
I will totally post some pics as soon as my teenager teaches me how to do it! The only reason i have a profile pic is because she did it! LOL

jayabee52 2011-11-04 09:32:26 -0500 Report

I have been a patient in a dialysis clinic for 10 months (Nov 2006 - July 2007)
My experience with ESRD was it is very isolating. At that time I was focused on how I was feeling and what I needed to do today, as I really didn't have the energy for more. Fortunately my Kidney infection — which brought on the ESRD —- got resolved in the 10 months I was treated with hemodialysis.

Right now my kidney numbers are hovering near the range I may need to return to hemo. But my last GFR was 20% and the one previous was 14%. I am hopeful I can continue to improve my GFRs with careful intake of food & drink, and stave off the need for treatment.

Is the CCHT designation behind your screen name related to your dialysis tech status?

Blessings to you


Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-04 17:40:48 -0500 Report

Yes it stands for Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician. It used to be that you would get tested at the unit you were hired in at and they would send it in and you were good, but now we are being tested nationally and it is done at testing sites.
I'm happy to hear your numbers are up, that's AWESOME! Keep up the good work!
Yes, it is very overwhelming for people who have to have dialysis, it is a big shock to people and can be isolating. I don't know if it was the unit you were at or when, but i know now we do patient education once or twice a month and we have active discussions with our patients. My surprise was with the fact that these people were already diabetic and they did not know about November being "our" month! Makes me wonder how many others dont know? I didn't until coming here and that doesn't seem right to me! Everyone knows about october being breast cancer, and that's fine, but i feel we should be more out there also! IDK…that is just me going on and on! Thanks for responding to this, i love the input!
Blessings to you also

berrykins0 2011-11-04 07:30:31 -0500 Report

i'm suprised nobody knew about it. i can wear what i want to work i will try to wear blue if i can. i can wear bluejeans to work hope that counts.better no blue if i can't find any other blue to work.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-04 17:42:05 -0500 Report

That's cool! When my t-shirts come I'm going to wear one on the Saturday's I work. I can't wear jeans, but i can do the t-shirt! I hope it sparks some talk! Good luck and God Bless

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