My husband has to attend hemodialysis 3 times a week, 4 hours each time, and I’d like your ideas on how to keep it rewarding!
Although I have explained everything to him many times, he keeps asking if dialysis is a course that gives him credits. He was a doctor and often attended continuing education (CMEs) seminars for credits required to keep his medical license. When I tell him no, there are no credits for attending hemodialysis, he shakes his head and says it’s not worth attending. I explain that the benefit is for his personal health, but he doesn’t see it. So, I told him that he has to go because they check attendance. This got his attention. Then he expressed concern because he sometimes sleeps during it... 😆 (That’s OK!) Then he asked if there will be a test and when the course would be finished...
These conversations are new for me to navigate. I thought I’d ask the forum for ideas.
I told him he would receive a certificate of attendance. The nurse suggested rewarding perfect attendance. I was thinking we could follow the college semester timeframe, but maybe 16 weeks is too long for him. Maybe a weekly reward, followed by a monthly reward would be better?
But what kind of reward?! He doesn’t enjoy eating or going out. He doesn’t have any hobbies. I know he likes academic attention, hence my thought of a certificate. Maybe each month, we could give a certificate. And each week a... sticker? I’m not sure! I’ve never really valued having my name on a piece of paper, so this very different from what I would want.