Category Archives: Access

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 When to Begin


Update 9/16/14:  When you are done reading this, please check out the comments at the bottom of this post.  They are excellent.  I found this fascinating question and answer in “Ask the Doctor” My dad has stage 5 kidney disease. … 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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Dialysis and Good News


It’s almost rare nowadays that we get some good news from Congress but here’s some news that a bill signed by the President grants dialysis facilities and pharmaceutical providers some stability in what they’ll be reimbursed for kidney patients.   … Continue reading

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Dialysis and NPR


While I was in Washington, DC for the Dialysis Patient Citizen fly-in, National Public Radio’s Ailsa Chang did an interview with me while reporting on “Access to Your Congressman”.  It was a great opportunity to get the word out about … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Needle Pain


I posted this a couple years back but it’s a popular topic for dialysis patients, new and experienced, so I’ll post it again to refresh it.  It has some sage advice from other patients and how they deal with the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Home Hemo


Update 11/7/13:   Here’s a post from Dialysis Patient Citizens website about setting up for Home Hemo.  Very good ideas! To read it, CLICK HERE If you’re thinking about doing home hemodialysis, this is an excellent source for information.  Mike uses … Continue reading

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