Monthly Archives: November 2012


Just dropping in today to wish you a most Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. I am thankful for so many things it would be impossible to list them all. Mainly, I am thankful that I have a Lord that has blessed me so much all my life since I met Him. He is now giving me Mercy and Grace as I am on dialysis and facing the challenges I never thought I would be facing. I am grateful for the strength and courage He has placed within me so that I may help my community with encouragement and love. Then, I am so grateful for my family who support me completely without a word being said. I am extremely grateful for a husband who returned to be my caretaker and does a wonderful job. I could go on and on, but I know you are getting your list ready, too. Blessings to you all during this wonderful time of wonderful family get-to-gathers to love each other and friends and eat way too much on this special day that has so much meaning in our Country. Please be thankful for our troops who sacrifice each day to keep us safe.



Falling because of lack of balance, weakness, low blood pressure is something that plagues a lot of people with Chronic Kidney Disease because of the anemia that goes along with the disease.  I have found that I am particularly prone to falling.

So far, the bad damage is that one of my falls was back in 2008.  It left me with a severely torn rotator cuff that has caused my left arm to be paralyzed.  By the time I got in to see a surgeon, my fistula had been placed where else but in my left arm.  No surgery could be done, so I am left with that damage and pain.  It interferes with everything I do and prohibits me from a lot of independence with everyday things.

There have been many other falls.  I can’t get up when I fall because both of my knees are completely destroyed by arthritis and no cartilage remains, so I cannot get on my knees at all.  I have had to call medics to come and help me up when I have been alone, which is the case most of the time.

My fall on July 18 has been the worst yet.  I stood up to take my breakfast dish into the kitchen and I really don’t know what happened.  I wasn’t dizzy or any of the things mentioned earlier.  I just turned slightly and before I knew it, was on the floor in a peculiar position.  The pain in my left arm was unbearable and I could hardly move.  Finally, someway I got to the phone and called 911 and a big red fire truck pulled up in front of my house.  Four big strong firemen came in and got me up and sat me in my chair.  They offered to take me to the hospital, but thinking I was going to be alright, thanked them and then they were gone.

It wasn’t long before I knew I had made a big mistake.  My wrist would not stop hurting and I couldn’t move it, it was swelling and I said it was sprained.  After going to the Orthopedic after hours care, found out that it was broken.  A cast could not be placed on it because of my fistula, so a brace was made and then wrapped with a cloth elastic bandage to stabilize my wrist for six weeks.

On August 1, I awoke with a terrible pain in my back.  It was all over my back.  I could barely move and couldn’t stop the vocal moans with every movement.  This lasted over three months.  The worst pain I think I have ever suffered.  I went to PT with no relief and nothing else was presented as a solution.  Finally my nephrologist became very angry that an MRI was not done.  And by that time with a headache every moment and my nerves shattered because of the unrelenting pain with every move I made had become the knot at the end of my rope.

My appointment with the orthopedic doctor was the next day and I told him of my nephrologist’s anger and an MRI was arranged immediately the next Saturday morning.  My phone rang early on Monday morning, but I was in dialysis and listened to the message on the answering machine, telling me that it was urgent that I have a blood test immediately for an infection was found in my spine.  URGENT was the word I heard the loudest, so I raced over to his office, got the papers and then to the hospital to get the blood test.

It was an infection in the thoracic part of my spine, probably from the fall.  I was then referred to the hospital for a biopsy of the fluid around the disc and a chip of the bone to see if it had gotten into the bone. It wasn’t a pleasant experience.

Well, now I am on an IV antibiotic which if the dosage has to be tested regularly because if it is not monitored and being on dialysis, there is a possibility of losing my hearing, of all things.  I will continue the treatment until December 18.  I have to go back to the Infectious Disease Consultants the last week of November for another MRI to see if the infection is cleared.

I still have a lot of pain in my back and can only stand for no more than 5 minutes at a time, but am feeling better in that the headache is finally gone and I feel better in more ways, especially emotionally.

I say all that to say this….Please take your time standing up.  Wait until any dizzy feelings leave before you move.  It won’t take but a few extra seconds to a minute, but will allow you to be steady when you move a foot to walk.  Anything you can do to ensure your not falling is a benefit, not a detriment to your safety.  I use my quad-cane all the time now and never go anywhere without it.  A walker is wonderful too, if you are unsteady or have low blood pressure.  Your safety is all important.  I can tell you that staying off the grassy ground and staying on the sidewalk or driveway is going to help you stay upright and healthy.


This sounds very good for dialysis patients, too. You might enjoy.

The Patient's Voice

By Tony B. Director of Research and Information

For this month’s recipe I had a huge assist from the Campbell family. Stephen graciously shared a family favorite and I wanted to share it with all of you. I have adapted the recipe slightly from the original, but I believe that it will still be a great treat. I am always looking for new ideas for articles and I really appreciate any feedback in the comments section below.


4 thick pork chops
1 tablespoon of tarragon
1-2 garlic cloves
1 cup of green grapes
1/2 carton of mushrooms
1 lemon
1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper (optional)

Cooking instructions:

Trim any excess fat off of your pork chops and sprinkle with the diced tarragon and a dash of salt and pepper. You can also add…

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Kidney Disease Thoughts

Kidney Disease Thoughts

Those of you that have been diagnosed with kidney disease will already have been giving some sort of medication by their doctor. Diet is another area of your life that your doctor will tell you to improve.

Can a diet really help to overcome kidney disease?

Now those of you out there that are somewhat intelligent will appreciate the fact that and want to know exactly how a diet can change your kidneys around. Trust me this is one question that every single person out there should be asking. Yes the really does make a difference.

The best thing about getting on a diet like this is the fact that it will help prevent any sort of fatty oxidation occurring within the body.

This process of fatty oxidation results in your body creating really harmful things known as free radicals. These free radicals are extremely dangerous and will certainly…

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Possibly a kidney disease diet plan can fix the issues


It’s a really stunning statistic however kidney disease affects lots of folks than you may think. Today, even many youthful people are getting this disease and are discovering themselves at critical risk, emotionally and physically. There’s no widespread connection either as individuals get completely different symptoms and likewise different ranges of injury to their kidneys.

The physique cannot survive with out the kidneys as a result of huge job that they perform for your body. They remove unwanted toxins from the blood, take away any waste merchandise that the physique doesn’t want and in addition assist to control hormone ranges in the body. They also help to decrease the blood pressure as they assist to manage wholesome blood circulation throughout the body.

Some of the frequent causes of growing kidney disease will be diabetes, having a high blood pressure and likewise in case your arteries are exhausting is usually a…

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My Gratitude List — 11/03/2012

There are so many things I am thankful for and it’s hard to find any one big one other than the fact that God pulled me from death’s door once again and gave me a new heart and a life to life in a different way than ever before. I am thankful that I am on dialysis because it has given new purpose for the plan for my life. I am thankful for my family,and for the unlimited support they have given me. I am thankful for my children and now a beautiful granddaughter, who is part of my heart as I have never imagined.

My gratitude stretches very far and wide and connects to the golden thread that connects me to my Heavenly Father who blesses me every day.

Diabetic Redemption

I am grateful for so many things today, but let’s start with the big ones.

I give thanks that Barack Obama is president during the recent superstorm, rather than the opposing candidate, who has stated openly that he thinks he should do away with FEMA at the national level, and that he will expect states, and eventually private companies to provide those services if he is President.

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