Monthly Archives: October 2015

Successful surgery changes life

SURVIVAL TIP: Listen to your doctors and nurses and be brutally honest with yourself and your medical team. If you notice anything changing or out of the ordinary, ask questions. As labs change, press the doctors for “best guesses” on what … Continue reading

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Kidney transplants are an option

SURVIVAL TIP: Medical science has progressed far more than we could imagine. The first dialysis treatment was performed in The Netherlands during World War II, and successful kidney transplantation began in 1954. I joke that Charlotte Medical Center (then Charlotte … Continue reading

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Take care of yourself Tips for Hemodialysis Patients

SURVIVAL TIP: Understand that you can’t control your dialysis or guarantee use of your access. So prepare to be flexible and change plans to accommodate the challenges dialysis presents. If you follow this blog, you know I pay attention, ask … Continue reading

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Dialysis Doesn’t Discriminate: Hemodialysis Patient Shares Experiences (Part 2)

SURVIVAL TIP: You must determine whether dialysis will dictate your life or if you will live your life around dialysis. Many people consider dialysis their “part time job” because it takes 4-6 hours a day. But you decide how you … Continue reading

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