October 28, 2014 | A Day in the Life of a Dialysis Healthcare Administrator
Around Halloween time, my team and I were deciding how we wanted to celebrate the holiday in the center. Since Halloween is pretty much synonymous with all foods that are on the naughty, do not eat list for a dialysis patient, we quickly reached a road block. This really gave me pause to think about how fortunate I am to not have to worry about this the way our patients do. It’s one thing to hold myself back from eating the entire bag of Butterfingers I bought for the trick or treaters that never showed up at my house because I still would like to fit in to my jeans, but it’s a completely different thing to know that eating those things will have very serious health implications for you and your body. Though after about the fourth Butterfinger, I was ALMOST wishing I had a bigger motivator than my skinny jeans to stop me from eating another one I realized how every single food choice of every single day is like this for our patients that we treat each day in our centers.
We were able to come up with a healthy compromise of sugar free candies and popcorn balls for the patients and though they were grateful, I could also see the disappointment that we weren’t treating them with something more forbidden on the holiday. As much as I would have liked to unload those extra Butterfingers lying around my house to someone, anyone I knew that not enabling bad food choices for our patients was most definitely the most loving, caring thing we could have done for them that day. I didn’t say the most fun thing, but definitely the most caring and what I’d want done were it my mother/father/husband/sister in that chair.