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.

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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#Dialysis and #Hope for #Kidney Patients – update


A few months ago, I posted the first part of this under the title, “Dialysis and Hope for #Kidney Patients” .  There are some promising developments and even more exciting things to come.  Here is an update… I recently attended a conference hosted … Continue reading

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#Dialysis and Hope for #Kidney Patients


Update 10/5/16:  Some disappointing news via Kidney Buzz about the “wearable kidney” and it being delayed by a lack of funding.  Read it here at Kidney Buzz.  From the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Advocacy Committee program… “There is some much … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Cooking


Hey all!  I need to share this article about cooking for dialysis patients.  Read it carefully and I hope you find it as interesting as I do.  I’m inspired by the fact the study involved supports all the findings with … Continue reading

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