Tag Archives: hemodialysis

Dialysis and Suriving Washington, DC


April 26, 2016: I survived! I’m at Reagan National Airport awaiting my flight home. There’s some question about the landing part as there are severe thunderstorms expected over Dallas tonight. We’ll see. I just want to get home. We got … Continue reading

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In Washington DC


For the fourth or fifth year, I’m in DC to lobby Congress on behalf of Dialysis patients as a member and Patient Ambassador with DPC (Dialysis Patient Citizens). You can help by calling or emailing your Representative and Senators and tell … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Weight Loss – Part Two


Part Two There are three options:  Lapband, the “sleeve”, and “gastric bypass”.  Each has its benefits and drawbacks.  How did I do it?   I had bariatric surgery for the Lapband.  The major plus for me and why I chose … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Kidney-friendly Snacks


1/15/16 Update – I saw a post on FaceBook that offered a free sample (just pay shipping) from Vida-Fuel.  I would highly recommend you try these snacks! Go to their WebSite to see the offer Hey everyone!  Sorry for the … 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 Bone Disease


From the DPC Education Center comes a conference call on Bone and Mineral Disease. Why is this important or relevant to dialysis patients?  Well, that pesky phosphorus (See Dialysis and Phosphorus Control) leaches calcium from your bones and replaces it with … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Treatment Options


Recently a fellow patient asked me what treatment options were available to dialysis patients.  I stuttered a bit and named the ones that came to mind: In-center dialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis, and NxStage.  These may be correct but that’s about … Continue reading

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