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Some dialysis clinics in the Carolinas were closed Thursday, because of the treacherous road conditions, making it impossible for some people to receive life-saving treatments. There’s no substitute for dialysis, and people who need it can’t go too many days without it.

Meredith Stallings, a Concord resident, has spina bifida. She’s been living with only one kidney for more than forty years, but that kidney doesn’t work like it should, so she needs a dialysis machine to help do the work. Stallings says, “When you’re not taking dialysis, you don’t realize how important it is because it’s your lifeline. You don’t have kidneys that work. You’ve got to get the fluid off and the toxins off somehow.” Stallings adds, “I have known people that decide they don’t want dialysis, and they could be dead within a week.”

All of the dialysis clinics that Cabarrus County Transportation serves are closed Thursday. Transportation Services for the county also had to shut down its routes because the road conditions are too dangerous for the vans to transport medical patients.

Mecklenburg County has a special transportation service for dialysis patients through CATS. A county spokesperson says none of the dialysis patients chose to get treatments Thursday, but services were available and will continue to be offered Friday.

When dialysis clinics are closed, patients have a few options to try and keep themselves healthy. Stallings has to take more medication and be careful what she eats and how much she drinks until the clinic reopens and she can get back to dialysis. She says, “Everyday becomes like a fight.” She plans to get dialysis treatment on Friday.

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