Dialysis and pre-Transplant


Here is a great resource for getting on the Transplant List and preparing for the transplant process.

This from the Renal Support Network and Lori Hartwell, the RSN founder who has been a hardcore supporter and educator of the Kidney community.

If you’re in dialysis and looking into the transplant opportunity or just want to educate yourself about it, give a listen.

https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/cleared-for-a-kidney-transplant/

 

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Dialysis and Medications


Hey y’all…

I came across this article from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and thought it might be helpful to those wondering about the effect of medications on your kidneys. Some can be harmful to your kidneys.

Caution, however. If your doctor has prescribed a medication that you find in this article, don’t discontinue it without consulting with the doctor. Just make sure you bring it up at the next visit. You can also raise it with your nephrologist if that’s not who prescribed it.

Here’s the article. Let me know what you think. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/drugs-your-kidneys

DevonTexas, copyright 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting away: not always easy!

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Over the last six months, we have managed to get out of town occasionally, for one or two days around dialysis. By around dialysis, I mean that leave for our mini holiday accommodation…

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Ya’ll gotta see this…


Here are two photos.  One, taken in 2013 when I was in a wheelchair being pushed around the US Capitol, obese, ready to get off the exit on the Highway of Life. The other is 2016, lost 100lbs, able to walk with a cane, again at the Capitol, taking back my life from the terrible place I let it go to.

Can you see a difference?

So, although i haven’t posted in a while, I have been busy.  More later.  Exciting stuff.

 

Devon in DC 1Devon

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Dialysis and Kidney-friendly Snacks


Still an important issue for those who want an ocassional snack without the worry of the chemicals they contain.

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1/15/16 Update – I saw a post on FaceBook that offered a free sample (just pay shipping) from Vida-Fuel.  I would highly recommend you try these snacks! Go to their WebSite to see the offer

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the lack of new material for a while but it’s been a tough year and I just can’t seem to get to my desktop as often.  Sorry for that.  I’ve been working very hard to get this old body in shape, reducing my weight, and earning a few extra bucks with Uber driving.  More about all that later (and I have much to say).  Now it’s about snacking.

If you snack then make it a kidney-friendly snack.  Frankly, I rarely eat any snack foods as they all contain the two dreaded ingredients, Phosphorus and Potassium!  Yuck!  However, here are a couple items that may fill the need and be kidney…

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Community Run Dialysis – Inspirational!


Reblogged. Something to seriously consider even here in the US. We have sonething close. It’s called Dialyspa. Their idea is that the patients come first. Patients over Profits? I wrote anout them in “Dialysis and Dialyspa” in my blog at http://www.DevonTexas.com

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Over the last week, I’ve been working on a new project that involved making a list of all the dialysis units in Australia (more on that soon). In the process, I discovered that all units are either public (free via Medicare) or private (fee charging), except one, which is owned and run by dialysis patients and their families.

Run by patients and families? What the…?

Of course, I had to know more, so I contacted them and discovered firstly that they’ve been around a while and I’m a bit late to this party. But that made finding them even more heartwarming and inspiring.

This community run dialysis service follows a very different model. It is focussed not just on dialysis, but also on the community, on keeping people together. Imagine a place where family and community, culture and country are integral to a happy and fulfilling life. Where people live…

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Dialysis and Phosphorus, Again


I came across this posting from The National Kidney Foundation about controlling phosphorus and I have to share it.  I especially appreciate that they cover ways to read the ingredients label and include a list of items you CAN eat that are lower in phosphorus.

Also, I like that they make the point about natural versus added phosphorus.  Our bodies don’t absorb the as much of phosphorus that is naturally in the food like that in meat or plants. However, phosphorus that is added for whatever reason (usually as a preservative) is 100% absorbed and more quickly than naturally occurring phosphorus.

Phosphorus control is the bane of my existence.  Potassium I can avoid but phosphorus, I can’t seem to overcome. I know other dialysis patients have a problem with it. So take heart and read the article “How To Be A Phosphorus Detective” at the link below. Let me know if you find this helpful.

https://www.kidney.org/newsletter/how-to-be-phosphorous-detective

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