Dialysis and Shingles


06/22/13:  I added a link that answers the question “Does Medicare pay for the Shingles Vaccine?”  Scroll down to see that.

The Rebal Support Network has an podcast about shingles from the perspective of a kidney transplant patient show suffered an outbreak of shingles.  Luckily she caught it early and was treated immediately so it was not as bad as it could be.  This is extremely important to the older generation of people who had chickenpox as a child because the virus that causes shingles in the same virus that cased chickenpox.

If you are a transplant patient, you may be more susceptible to shingles because of the immunosuppressive drugs. The key seems to be identifying and treating it as soon as possible.

Don’t wait to be treated.  If a rash appears on your body and is more on one side than another, it could very well be shingles.

To listen to the Renal Support Network pod cast, CLICK HERE.

For more about it, check out the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website by CLICKING HERE. 

Now about the question on everyone’s mind… Does Medicare pay for the Shingles Vaccine?  Yes.  CLICK HERE for more information about that!

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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 could be hooked up to a machine that would clean my blood as the kidneys should. Three days a week, I went to a dialysis center and had too very large needles stuck in my arm to remove and replace my blood as it passed through a process where it was cleaned and the fluid was removed, a process taking a little over four hours each time. In November 2017, I received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. My life went into overdrive. With a "new" functioning kidney, I no longer had to go to a dialysis center and my days were not open to be lived rather than recovering from dialysis which meant dialyzing for three days and resting for 4 days a week. I work full-time and often 50 hours per week. It is something I never imagined. I highly recommend it! HeeHee I want to advance knowledge about dialysis and transplant so that others 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 in www.DevonTexas.com 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. I also blog in LegacyTales in WordPress if you are interested in the ramblings of a Old Man. Give a peek and let me know what you think. https://legacytales.wordpress.com/ Enjoy.
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2 Responses to Dialysis and Shingles

  1. sheila says:

    I think you confused measles with chicken pox in your description above…shingles is related to varicella virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Otherwise very useful information.

    • DevonTexas says:

      DOH! Thank you for picking that up! I’ll correct it. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking as I wrote that. I know better but… well, no excuse. Again, thanks.

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