2013-10-12 / Editorials & Letters

9-1-1 patient wants contract with Hebron


We don’t support Buckeye Lake’s fire levy. Here’s my recent 911 experience.

I take kidney dialysis treatments at home. Peritoneal dialysis filters blood inside the body after the abdomen is filled with a special cleaning solution.

On September 11, I fell at home and broke my ankle. I was hooked up to my dialysis machine and had not completed my treatment. It turns out that my broken ankle was the least of my concerns. The men on the Buckeye Lake squad began yanking at my dialysis tube saying, “What’s this for?” and “Why is it here?” I’m lucky that my husband was home to watch out for me because he had to yell at them to stop!

He was afraid they were going to pull it out of my body which could have resulted in emergency surgery and/or infection. They didn’t want to listen to my husband so he was getting very angry. Why would they just start jerking at a tube coming out of someone’s side without listening to the family first?

Precautionary measures must be followed when disconnecting tubing such as wearing a mask, sterile gloves and sterilizing the connectors. They had no idea what they were doing. Our son couldn’t believe how ignorant they were about dialysis. They need to be more informed before serving the people. If my husband hadn’t been present to speak up for me, I may not be here now.

Vote “NO” on BLFD levy. Contract with Hebron!

Kim Owens
Buckeye Lake

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