Candy Man couldn’t remember the two strands of plastic tubing dangling from just below his right collarbone—the tunneled catheter we used to connect him to the dialysis machine.
I meant it when I told Mr. Garcia that I would support him in his decision to forego dialysis. But I fully expected him to change his mind, just like every other patient under 85 years old with advanced kidney failure I had ever encountered.
“Acid-base abnormalities and electrolytes.” “Pathophysiology.”
These were the words the group of ten fellows repeated over and over again when I asked the question, “Why did you go into nephrology?”