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Dialysis and Friday


      Hey all!   I really don’t have much to post about today other than Happy Friday! For those on a MWF dialysis schedule, you get two days off! For those on TTS schedule, you only have one … Continue reading

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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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Dialysis and Weight Loss – Part Three


Update 5/4/16: I reached the 100 pound achievement!  Now, for 50 more.  Wish me luck and it looks like I might make it there.  I’m optimistic t this point.  When I get a chance, I’ll post before and after photos. … Continue reading

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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 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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