Category Archives: Social Work

Dialysis and Weight Loss – Part One


Okay, it’s it a new year and time for the resolutions and followup.   Many of us will resolve to reduce our weight.   In September of 2014, I did.  As of 1 January 2016, I’m 92.5 pounds reduced (not … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Emergencies


Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) hosted a phone conference recently with Joan Thomas, the executive director of the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition (KCER).  This is especially important for patients within the Southeast, Tornado Alley, and the Gulf Coast areas.  Please take a … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Blog Talk Radio


Here are some interesting spoken blogs on BlogTalk Radio from Dialysis Advocates… This particular episode deals with How to Ask For What You Want as a dialysis patient.  John Rider, the guest speaker, has decades of experience in this matter. … Continue reading

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Dialysis and “Doc Fix”


Finally, after SEVENTEEN years, Congress has passed the “doc fix” bill to fill a hole they created in 1997. Read about it here…  From the DPC website, here’s the impact on dialysis patients based on the House version of the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Mental Health


I am really sorry for the late notice about this webinar and telephone conference but if you can make it tomorrow, this should be worth it.  Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC), of which I am a member, has an Education Center … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Living


Every day we have to deal with the 800 lb Gorilla in the room.  We can often walk around it but it’s there, every minute of every day: Kidney Failure and Dialysis.  Here’s a really well written article by Courtney … Continue reading

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Dialysis First Stick – More


Recently a comment was left in the post about Dialysis and The First Stick where I retell my experience when starting dialysis.  The reader, TuTu, had a very similar experience and was kind enough to share it.  I’d like to repeat it … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Giving Tuesday


The American Association of Kidney Patients is sponsoring an event called “Giving Tuesday” where we are encouraged to give to non-profits on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  For more about it and about the AAKP: CLICK HERE If you are not a … Continue reading

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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 Nursing Home


It’s not uncommon that a dialysis patient or a caregiver must make the decision to enter into a nursing home.   I came across this article about what to look for when evaluating a Nursing Home.  It’s brief, to the … Continue reading

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