"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.
At the farm, Brinton is a jack of all trades, said his father, Scott.
"He's a mechanic, he plows, bales, and works with the pigs," Scott Brinton said.
The Brintons finish pigs for market and raise crops on their farm near Peach Bottom. They also do custom baling for other farmers. Without dialysis, Ben Brinton wouldn't be able to help. Brinton was first diagnosed with kidney disease four years ago.
"When I was 19, coming to the end of the summer, my feet began swelling up so bad I couldn't get my shoes off. Then my knees wouldn't bend," he recalled. "I ended up going to the hospital and, after some tests, they told me I had kidney disease."
For two years, he and his doctors worked to control the disease.
"When it first started, I couldn't work. Dad would get a day's work out of me and then I was trashed for the next six days," he recalled.
Then, in July of 2011, he began home dialysis, using a machine that replaces his failed kidneys to cleanse his blood.
"This way is not as harsh as dialysis that's done at a center," he said. "Since I started dialysis, it's given me back what I had before."
Brinton works with the Fresenius Medical Care Clinic in Philadelphia, going in for monthly checkups.
"I take some of my blood and send it in a week before my appointment," he said.
The most prevalent cause of chronic kidney disease is high blood pressure, said Theresa Ali, a registered nurse at Fresenius and one of Brinton's caregivers.
"He did have hypertension [high blood pressure]," she said.
The Brintons are exceptional people, Ali said.
"They are interested in learning and they have good communication skills," she said. "They let us know if there's a problem and that helps us give him the best possible care."
Brinton can continue dialysis indefinitely.
"This is the easiest way for him to maintain a normal life," the nurse said. "This will sustain life forever."