Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dialysis and Acceptance


I Originally published this in October, 2012 but it’s an important issue and I wanted to bring it up again… I recently read some  posts on the Davita Forums about people’s experience getting started on dialysis and how they seriously … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Rationing


I originally published this post in January, 2013 but I had occasion to review it recently and decided to re-publish it.   There’s a great article in the Seattle Times that covers the history of dialysis.  The title is: “The … Continue reading

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Dialysis and a New APP


The AAKP came up with this helpful bit of Andriod technology… THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF KIDNEY  PATIENTS LAUNCHES NEW APP TO HELP PATIENTS WITH NUTRITIONAL NEEDS “On July 24, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) launched the AAKP Nutrition … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Your Access


Here’s a GREAT brochure from AAKP (The American Association of Kidney Patients) about your dialysis access, the varieties, the pluses and minuses of each, etc.  It’s one of those “everything you wanted to know” types of publications.  I’m so thankful … Continue reading

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Medicare Beneficiaries with Kidney Failure Have the Highest Out-of-Pocket Spending


Originally posted on Advocacy in Action:
On July 21, 2014 the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on out-of-pocket expenses paid by Medicare beneficiaries.  Not surprisingly, the report identified that individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have the highest out…

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Keep Your Veggies Raw


Originally posted on The Pressure Point:
Your parents always told you to eat your vegetables, but new research adds a caveat—those veggies should be raw. A study of more than 2,200 individuals from around the world has shown that those…

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Dialysis and Self-cannulation


I got this wonderful couple of questions recently in a comment on the blog.  Rather than answer them there, I will create this blog post so everyone can read it.  Here are the questions: I am about to start the needles in the … Continue reading

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