Author Archives: 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 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.

Dialysis and pre-Transplant


Here is a great resource for getting on the Transplant List and preparing for the transplant process. This from the Renal Support Network and Lori Hartwell, the RSN founder who has been a hardcore supporter and educator of the Kidney … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Medications


Hey y’all… I came across this article from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and thought it might be helpful to those wondering about the effect of medications on your kidneys. Some can be harmful to your kidneys. Caution, however. If … Continue reading

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Getting away: not always easy!

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Originally posted on Big D and Me:
Over the last six months, we have managed to get out of town occasionally, for one or two days around dialysis. By around dialysis, I mean that leave for our mini holiday accommodation…

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Ya’ll gotta see this…


Here are two photos.  One, taken in 2013 when I was in a wheelchair being pushed around the US Capitol, obese, ready to get off the exit on the Highway of Life. The other is 2016, lost 100lbs, able to … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Kidney-friendly Snacks


Originally posted on DevonTexas:
1/15/16 Update – I saw a post on FaceBook that offered a free sample (just pay shipping) from Vida-Fuel.  I would highly recommend you try these snacks! Go to their WebSite to see the offer Hey…

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Community Run Dialysis – Inspirational!


Originally posted on Big D and Me:
Over the last week, I’ve been working on a new project that involved making a list of all the dialysis units in Australia (more on that soon). In the process, I discovered that…

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Dialysis and Phosphorus, Again


I came across this posting from The National Kidney Foundation about controlling phosphorus and I have to share it.  I especially appreciate that they cover ways to read the ingredients label and include a list of items you CAN eat … Continue reading

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