Category Archives: 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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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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Select quality proteins

Your dietician can offer a recommended day-by-day diet and discuss it with you, your spouse or caretaker. Continue reading

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Each unit follows different protocols

SURVIVAL TIP: When you plan to visit another dialysis clinic, call to verify seat availability. Then call your scheduling coordinator or main scheduling department. The clinic coordinator (usually the administrative assistant) will let you know if your request was approved … Continue reading

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Bad news, fun times meet in the hospital

SURVIVAL TIP: Remember that sometimes you don’t have to visit someone or even talk to them on the phone to convey love and concern. A gift, a card, or kindness extended to a patient’s family can change the world in … Continue reading

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