After almost two years on dialysis, I finally saw a rainbow. It was the most defined rainbow I had ever seen. It arched clear across interstate 84 from north to south as I drove west from sunshine to east into hail. However at the end of my rainbow, there was no leprechaun but a Good Samaritan donor Carolyn Brumfield. It took fourteen months for Hartford Hospital to approve our transplant.
Writing was a big help to me during the period I had to endure dialysis. Dialysis is not just physically stressful but also an emotional roller coaster. I was lucky to make good friends in my unit with whom I was able to share my thoughts. It was not all grim and we had many a laugh so that we could endure the indignities of the experience. I could not have done it alone. My friends helped me survive.
“And then I Saw a Rainbow, THE JOURNEY OF A DIALYSIS PATIENT”, is a collection of my observations while on dialysis. There is a bit of everything, poetry, essays and my home grown philosophy. I hope this collection will inspire some patients to persevere in their pursuit of a kidney, help others to make the best of their situation and give those around them insight into the plight of a dialysis patient.