Category Archives: kidney failure

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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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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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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Transplant center prepares patients

The doctors determined I had kidney failure, and I was about to face dialysis indefinitely. Continue reading

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Seek Reasons to Be Grateful

SURVIVAL TIP: Pondering good thoughts makes us feel better than dwelling on difficulties. Americans celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday and many enjoyed the sales associated with that holiday weekend. It was a long weekend. Yippee! One the one hand, I … Continue reading

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Luxury: Eating What You Want

SURVIVAL TIP: Enjoy the luxury of eating as you likeā€”as long as you are healthy. And be responsible in getting annual blood work to catch problems early.   Within days of receiving a kidney transplant, I could eat whatever I … Continue reading

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Kindness provides healing

Survival tip: Sometimes expressing kindness and care for others is not about you. Whether you hear thank you does not minimize the impact. You might be forgotten, but the act

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