By Bill Peckham
Back on August 12th Anna posted Dialysis in the media about the trip Harvey Wells was taking around the country in an RV, stopping along the way to show the wonders of the System One and a proper dose of dialysis to people at units across the country. Here is the rest of the story
I didn't know or had forgotten that the trip took Harvey out to Seattle ... but for my call to caregiver duty I am sure we would have met. I think RV travel with the System One makes a lot of sense - basically they're boats with wheels or boats are RVs that float. Either way what a fun thing to do with the grand kids.
Search Google for recent videos relating to dialysis and you'll find many relating to the NxStage, including a whole series of camping in the woods with the NxStage System One videos from girlXtreme (on a side note, Jennifer may be the first to use the System One in the woods sans RV or boat but she can't claim the first hemodialysis treatment in the woods. I have seen photos of Mike Matson dialyzing on a rock bar along the Snake River during a multi-night raft trip in 1978 - he was using a Redy machine)
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words then a YouTube video must be worth a 1,000 brochures. The internet, through peer to peer communication, is helping to raise the awareness of dialysis options outside the center-centric system. Videos from the people who have experienced getting more dialysis will continue to testify to the difference more dialysis makes. Some people will be motivated to load the grandkids up and take the show on the road, others will simply show themselves continuing to live their lives.
That's what dialysis is suppose to do, let you live the life you were meant to live.