I put in a request with my social worker this week to transfer from the dialysis unit in Troy, where I've been going for the past two years, to the unit in Royal Oak.
Two years ago, I guess I thought the Troy unit would be more convenient to my office. I wasn't thinking about it being 10 miles from home and how long that drive home would become on many nights. Depending on how many traffic lights I hit, it takes me anywhere from 17 to 25 minutes to drive home. When I leave the unit at 9 p.m. or later, that makes for a late arrival home. Not fun.
Anyway, that was my thinking behind requesting the change. So my name has been put on the waiting list for a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday spot. Openings come up all the time. People move, or change times. People die.
The new location is about 10 minutes, max, from my house. I will have to ask my boss if I can leave work earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays, however, because the latest the Royal Oak unit starts treatments is 3:45. But that means I could be getting home before 9 p.m. instead of after.