I met Tony at World Kidney Day in D.C. and I appreciate his work on behalf of dialysis patients.

The Patient's Voice

By Tony B., Director of Research and Information

flu blog

Unless you have been lucky, you have or had influenza (flu), know someone who has been or is sick or are like me and ride public transportation daily and get coughed or sneezed on an average of two times a day. This year has been an early and aggressive flu season. There have been slightly more hospitalizations than normal, but the trends are still too early to be definitive. An interesting tool you can use to track flu activity in your area is Google Flu Trends located here. Google uses search terms such as certain medications or other health related information to determine where flu activity is most likely occurring. Their tool is not perfect, but has been able to predict flu outbreaks even before official surveillance networks. Another tool that you can use comes from the Centers of Disease Control…

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About DevonTexas

I am a person with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) which means my kidneys don't work. Forty or so years ago that would have been a death sentence but today there is Dialysis which means I can be hooked up to a machine that will clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I go to a center and have too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passes through a process where it's cleaned and the fluid is removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. I want to advance knowledge about dialysis so that other patients can learn from my experience and mistakes. We shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, eh? There is so much to be learned and experienced about our predicament. There are vast resources available to support us and enrich our lives but many patients don't know about them. There are also many issues that we have to deal with whether we want to or not. So I blog about them. All comments are confidential until I approve them. If you don't want your comment public, let me know and I will respect that. So, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy.
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