The Dialysis Industry – Getting away with murder
Amy was one of 12,000 cases in a class action lawsuit where dialysis patients with no history of heart problems had heart attacks, many of whom died. Fresenius, the dialysis company involved agreed to pay $250,000,000 to settle all cases, but in the course of negotiations never made any payments. There were certainly things that could have helped Amy recover after a heart attack left her in a wheel chair. Diagnostic tests and treatments we would have gotten if their cost weren’t prohibitive, and when insurance ran out and the nursing home bills began risen at a rate my salary couldn’t keep up with I retired two years earlier than planned to take care of Amy leaving us with an $8,000 nursing home bill before I could get her home, and which I have been paying off at a rate of $100/month ever since. It’s currently down to about $4,000. Fresenius made no payments or any specific offers until, coincidently, a month after Amy died. Then they offered a $4,000 settlement, which the attorneys considered inadequate and then proceeded with a ‘test case’ and after they lost the test case the offer went down to $1,500. Not even enough to pay the balance of the nursing home bill I still owed. When I advised the attorney that was supposed to be representing me that this was an insult I was advised that it was the best offer I could get and if I didn’t agree to take it I would get nothing.
Neither Amy or I thought that Amy ever needed to go on dialysis in the first place. At first she was urged to go on dialysis ‘temporarily’ to clear the antibiotics from her system that she had been given for a mercer infection that cost her a foot, but once she agreed to start they told her she needed to continue. The position of the ‘dialysis industry’ is that once you are on dialysis the only way to get off is to get a kidney transplant. They refuse to acknowledge that once someone is on dialysis they can ever recover kidney function and live without dialysis unless they get a kidney transplant.
Amy suffered from digestive issues which made me suggest when I first met her more than 20 years ago that she might be gluten sensitive but both Amy and her doctors shrugged this off, until at the time I retired in 2014 when Amy was brought from the nursing home to the hospital where she was going in and out of comas She would be fine coming out of the coma on a liquid diet but when they put her on ‘solid food’ (pancakes for breakfast), she would become ill again and end up back in an induced coma. Only after I discussed this with the dietician and Amy was put on a gluten free diet was she able to begin to heal. Although severely debilitated by the dialysis induced heart attack and the failure to recognize the actual source of her digestive issues she finally began to heal and get her strength and health back, although still going to dialysis three times a week.
About a year and a half after I retired when Amy suddenly decided she wasn’t going to dialysis anymore I was initially very concerned about whether she knew what she was doing, but after a week without dialysis as she continued to get better and regain her strength I decided she would be alright without it. However a week after she stopped going to dialysis we were ‘invaded’ is as good a term as any. I’ve gone into detail about it on another blog, but the police and ambulance show up at the door uninvited demanding Amy be ‘taken away’ by ambulance for no good reason. Whoever authorized that ambulance ride, probably the same doctor at the dialysis center who ‘adjusts’ her final ‘treatments’, and who was probably also in contact with the emergency room while Amy was there, was directly responsible for Amy’s death.
If any doctors were concerned with Amy’s condition we would have gladly come in for bloodwork or other evaluations or tests. If anyone was ‘monitoring’ us during that week we were going into town once or twice a week to go shopping, and Amy always came into town shopping with me. This wasn’t about Amy’s ‘wellbeing’ it was about using ‘strong arm’ tactics to get Amy back onto dialysis and even when it was determined in the emergency room that she ‘was not in urgent need of dialysis’ she was bullied into returning for her next ‘regular treatment’ two days later. When I saw the expression on her face when she was getting off the machine after that last dialysis session it was clear that the session was particularly draining. My initial impression was that they were particularly hard on her to convince her not to go so long without dialysis again because then she would suffer. It was not until much later that it occurred to me that they might have administered her a slow acting toxin designed to induce a heart attach up to a week later. When we got home Amy went directly to bed where she spent most of the next few days. It was only the exertion of getting up and trying to get ready for another dialysis treatment that caused the fatal attack. Then in typical medical legal speak they ‘blame the victim’ and say that Amy died because of failure to comply to her dialysis schedule, and she died because she didn’t comply to her 3X a week schedule. She is then set up as an example: When you skip regular dialysis sessions you die.
The big truth the dialysis industry doesn’t want its ‘customers’ to realize that once they address whatever caused their kidney failure in the first place the kidney has an amazing regenerative power. The ‘treatment’ people receive when diagnosed with weak kidneys is being ‘monitored’ as their kidneys deteriorate while they are prepared for dialysis, just as people with high blood sugar are monitored as their blood sugar continues to rise until they are declared diabetic with no effort to acknowledge the ‘root case’ and address it to prevent the condition from progressing. While the medical profession is beginning to recognize that diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s, can be prevented or reversed, the dialysis industry continues to perpetuate the myth that weak kidneys will only continue to deteriorate and there is no was for anyone on dialysis for any reason can survive without dialysis unless they get a kidney transplant, which then sets them up for a lifetime of ‘antirejection drugs’ and people like Amy, or anyone unfortunate enough to be drawn into the dialysis industry will continue to suffer and die from a treatment that can be prevented, like any other ‘disease’ by addressing the root cause.