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About dialysisgal

When I joined the 450,000 Americans on dialysis, I wondered what "normal" would be. Would people stare at my access and ask what was wrong? In this blog, I hope to save other patients and their families from the difficulties I have faced. I want to share my experiences, what I learned, had to ask and was shocked to find. I am not a medical professional, but I hope we can have a conversation to help you better understand what you or someone you love with chronic kidney disease (CKD) might expect while living with dialysis.

Why do patients who make urine have to be on dialysis?

When I asked another patient early in my dialysis experience, he told me most people stop urinating after about three years. Continue reading

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Delayed treatments always a risk

Other times we might not anticipate a missed treatment. Continue reading

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You have choices among dialysis centers

Call your local kidney advocate to get help understanding the data. I did! Continue reading

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9 tips for a budget- and kidney-friendly diet

This (involving family) teaches others not only to help out and be responsible, but you can also teach them about healthy eating and shopping on a budget. Continue reading

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Can you eat well on a budget?

When trying to save money, consider store brands. But before deciding, compare the ingredient or nutrition labels. Continue reading

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Do I need a baking soda supplement?

The short answer for why you might need sodium bicarbonate is that it neutralizes acid in the blood. Continue reading

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Calcium is important, but limit intake

We all need calcium, but if you are managing your potassium and phosphorus intake like most dialysis patients, you have to enjoy calcium differently than you have in the past. Continue reading

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