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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.

#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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#Dialysis and Social Media


My friend, Jim Myers, was a guest of the National Kidney Foundation and their Advocacy in Action Blog on the topic: “Why We Need to Be Active on Social Media”.   He makes some very good points about the effective use … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Kidney Transplant II


Here’s a YUGE development in organ transplant! NEW LIVING ORGAN DONATION COLLABORATION ANNOUNCED AT WHITE HOUSE ORGAN SUMMIT From the National Kidney Foundation website… “The White House annouced a new collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Novartis to nationally launch the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Kidney Transplant


Okay ya’ll.  I’m going for the transplant. I signed up for the Transplant list with Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.  So, if you readers with two kidneys happen to be there….  LOL I’ll keep you informed as I venture … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Cramping updated


Cramping isn’t good!  CRAMPING IS BAD! (update 6/26/16: See the comments for more thoughts about cramping) Aside from the fact that it is excruciatingly painful, it is an indication that something is wrong during dialysis.  Too much fluid is being … Continue reading

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