Dialysis and Emergencies

If it's not tornado season, it's hurricane season but it's always severe weather season!

If it’s not tornado season, it’s hurricane season but it’s always severe weather season!

Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) hosted a phone conference recently with Joan Thomas, the executive director of the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER).  This is especially important for patients within the Southeast, Tornado Alley, and the Gulf Coast areas.  Please take a moment to listen to this and see what you might do in the case of an emergency.  Make note of phone numbers but also be prepared in case the cell towers are down!  CLICK HERE for the recording

Hints, Suggestions, and Comments

Here in Texas, we’ve had a month of severe storms including tornadoes.  It’s been a strange year!  I keep a set of my dialysis machine settings in a waterproof pouch in a backpack at the end of my bed in case I have to move quickly.  Fortunately, I haven’t had to use this information in an emergency so I can’t speak from experience but if you have some hints and suggestions, please comment on this blog.  There’s nothing like the voice of experience!

Also, there is a some valuable information about what to do in tornado and hurricane emergencies at the ESRD Network 14 website.  Disaster Preparedness.

The DPC Education Center also posted about natural disasters and being prepared titled, “The Importance of Scheduling Dialysis Treatments before Natural Disasters Strike“.  It raises some good points.

Very seriously, don’t wait for an emergency to happen before you think about disaster reaction.  It’s too late!  Dialysis patients are medically fragile.  Having to wait several days for treatment may kill you!

© 2015 DevonTexas


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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3 Responses to Dialysis and Emergencies

  1. eva.seibes says:

    Hi Hope you are doing well under this tornado disasters Im in Namibia and pray for you All the best Regards Eva

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  2. belli, thank you for this post! My husband is on hemo dialysis and his center is in the third floor (weird I know) and we have been think of moving to a new center for just that reason. The elevators have gone out and the techs have to carry the patients down three flights of stairs. I can’t even imagine if a big earthquake hit (we live in Southern California) but anyway- thanks again! This is very important ~Clara

    • DevonTexas says:

      Excellent information! Some of us don’t think about those things until the Big One comes. Seems strange to have a center on a third floor but in the cities it’s not unusual. I dialyzed on Washing D.C. on a third floor and didn’t give it a thought. Now I will!

      Thanks again!

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