Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dialysis and Age

A reader commented this week and wrote: …I wish my dad would go on dialysis, but..he is refusing, he just got out of Hospital yesterday after having a heart attack, his kidneys are only 16 percent. i am so worried, … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Hand Cramps

While looking at the search terms that led people to this site, I found this: “hand cramp vulcan live long and prosper” I laughed out loud at that one because I have the same problem occasionally.  My hand/s will cramp right … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Presents

Happy, Happy Christmas! I got a couple wonderful presents this week that gave me such joy on this Christmas morning!  They awakened that childhood memory of opening gifts of on Christmas morning. One was from Rick who wrote: “I start next month … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! This time of year, please remember all the dialysis patients who will enjoy another holiday because of the availability of the life-giving treatment, dialysis.  And please remember all the good done by the National Kidney Foundation that supports … Continue reading

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Some very good advice about the season, stress and eating!

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Dialysis and Infection

Originally posted on Nachos and Kidney Beans:
Well, I just had a harsh lesson in the dangers of PD (my type of dialysis)…  I spent the last 5 days in the hospital trying to get rid of a staph infection…

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Originally posted on Big D and Me:
Manny (not his real name) started BigD about two months ago.  And contrary to common experience, he feels just as lousy as when he started: weak, tired, generally unwell and incapable of doing…

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Dialysis and Phosphorus Control

(Scroll to the bottom for updates) This week (Dec. 2012) my labs showed my phosphorus at 5.0. (A normal phosphorus level is 3.5 to 5.5 mg/dL)  It’s a personal best so now I feel I can blog about it.  My … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Drinking

Here’s a really good posting about consuming alcohol for kidney patients from the Renal Support Network.  Read it here. I find that it’s not the alcohol that I have to worry about, it’s the mixers.  Fortunately I enjoy Vodka Gimlets … Continue reading

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