I am sure you are all wondering what’s been happening about the dialysis patient organizations- and, now, it seems that some dialysis clinics- are paying the health insurance premiums for dialysis patients. (I first discussed this issue here). There is a new complainant- it’s not just private insurance companies now.
Can you imagine what your life would be if your kidneys failed? You would probably be forced to give up your job (see below for more) and spend 3 days a week going back and forth to a dialysis clinic, where you would be hooked up to a machine for about 4 hours each time. And, you still would only have some of your kidney functions fixed, not all of them.
For years, various patient advocate groups have been helping folks get health insurance. In particular, the AKF (American Kidney Fund) has been paying the premiums for folks who are undergoing dialysis.
I remember teaching my kids how to wash their hands. No, not the ritual washing that we Jews do before meals- but they had to learn that process, too. (Pour water from a pitcher- first on your left hand, then the right, the left, the right, and then say the blessing.) Because that method certainly doesn’t remove the grime and dirt- or microbes- from our hands. And, if you have young kids, you know that sometimes that grime is not just on the surface of the skin, but seems to have been imbued down to the stem cell layers of their skin.