Ben Brinton's day starts early. Typically, the 23-year-old farmer gets up between 3:30 and 4 every morning. But before he can head to the family farm on Riverview Rd., he hooks himself up to a dialysis machine that cleanses his blood.
"I always do it at the start of the day, six days a week," he said. "Normally, I skip Sundays."
The process takes three and a half hours from the time Brinton hooks the machine to veins in his left arm. He connects the dialysis machine to an access point know as a fistula. The fistula was created with a surgical procedure that connects an artery to a vein and creates a permanent connection for dialysis.