Update 05-30-14: I found this graphic at “KidneyBuzz”. Very well done. CLICK HERE to see it.
I came across this great graphic illustrating the stages of kidney disease. Unfortunately I can’t tell who created and published it so I can give them credit so if anyone knows, please let me know. It appears to be a British publication by the logo that’s on the top left of the page. I especially like how it makes the point in such simplicity. It’s important that people in the early stages of CKD begin to be proactive in their care. Some simple suggestions for that care are on the lower portion of the page. Basically, it’s eat healthy food and don’t eat fast food. Good advice, if only for the fact of avoiding salt/sodium and HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). The giveaway that it’s not a US publication is the warning, “No grog” (alcohol).
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
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