Category Archives: A/V Fistula

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 Infection Control


Controlling infection is one thing we patients can control… well, as much as possible anyway.  It means washing your hands and your fistula or graft site with anti-bacterial soap and warm water.  It means keeping your access covered when you … 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 Arm Bands and Clothing


I found a really clever device that I’ve been using for a couple years.  It’s simple and effective.  It’s called a Dialysis Arm Band and it covers my access, feels comfortable and spares me the embarrassment of exposing my rather … 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 the Access


07/05/13:  Reposted of the original 6/30/13 posting I’ve accumulated some information over the past several months about Dialysis and the Access; the A/V Fistula, the A/V Graft, and the Dialysis Catheter.  (This was originally published on 6/30/13 and I’ll leave … Continue reading

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