Category Archives: Dialysis Center

Dialysis Centers and @CMS 5-star Rating


In a previous related post,  I promised I would post more about the Davita position on this when I got it.  So, here it is and it makes some good points.  “What’s Wrong With the 5-Star Rating System for the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Self-cannulation


I got this wonderful couple of questions recently in a comment on the blog.  Rather than answer them there, I will create this blog post so everyone can read it.  Here are the questions: I am about to start the needles in the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Hurricanes


June is the beginning of the Hurricane Season and with them come tornadoes inland.  If you live in an area hit by either storm type, take heed! We learned a lot about disaster prep  here in Texas after Katrina.  The ESRD … Continue reading

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Dialysis Center Ratings


Yay!  I found a GREAT site that allows us patients to rate our dialysis center!  I’ve threatened for a couple years to develop a website where WE, the Patients, can provide some feedback about our centers and HERE it is! … Continue reading

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Dialysis and World Kidney Day 2014


It’s that time again… well, it ALMOST that time again.  World Kidney Day is March 13, 2014 and many kidney organizations are gearing up for it.   Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) is getting ready with their annual Fly-in when they … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Weather


This is a great read about dialysis in bad winter weather with musical accompaniment.  To read it  CLICK HERE

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Dialysis and Travel


Just to give you some ideas… I found a page at Davita that offers some suggested places to travel.  If you’ve traveled before, please leave a comment with some advice about travelling and doing dialysis.  For the Davita suggested places … Continue reading

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Dialysis and the Dream Comes True – DialySpa


Updated 12/4/13:   The Mayo Clinic announced a new center that sounds like it’s in the same direction as Dialyspa.  I’ve contacted them for more information.  CLICK HERE to read their announcement. A few months back, I was in Houston, … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Your Rights


I came across this information about kidney patient Bill of Rights from the National Kidney Foundation and figured I would pass it along.  You can read about it by CLICKING HERE Devon © 2013 DevonTexas

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Dialysis and Pads


I got this inquiry the other day: “i am looking for a dialysis cushion for a chair”  So, in the For What It’s Worth Department, I have used a yoga pad and a gymnastics pad.  Here are my thought about … Continue reading

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