Dialysis and Exercise

Bob Northam has some really great points about Dialysis and Exercise!

Bob Northam

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Some things in life are just not meant to co-exist.

A plaid jacket and striped dress shirt. (Okay, who’s been peeking in my wardrobe??)

Twinkies and mustard.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Exercise and dialysis.

On that last one, let’s face it. Keeping up an exercise routine when you’re on dialysis is not easy. Forgetting about the time constraints of a dialysis lifestyle, the treatments themselves don’t exactly make us want to jump out of our chairs and assault the nearest elliptical machine.

On the one hand, I think all dialysis patients will acknowledge that it’s important for us to stay physically active. The benefits are well documented, and are especially imperative for people who have to be stationary in a chair for long periods of time.

On the other hand, dialysis treatments have a tendency to sap much of our strength and make us feel rotten to…

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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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1 Response to Dialysis and Exercise

  1. John says:

    yeah. just walk…I should do that. For those of us who have much less muscle mass than we should and even less energy (how many times have I been both sober and hung over?) than we want? Walking, even around the block helps. Don’t say that “a little bit won’t matter.” It does! Walk if you can!

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