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Has the Flu gotten you, yet? Please read this article to avoid being attacked by using The Dracula Cough, and Wash Hands, Wash Hands, Wash Hands.
Have a very healthy day and enjoy life.

The Patient's Voice

By Tony B., Director of Research and Information

flu blog

Unless you have been lucky, you have or had influenza (flu), know someone who has been or is sick or are like me and ride public transportation daily and get coughed or sneezed on an average of two times a day. This year has been an early and aggressive flu season. There have been slightly more hospitalizations than normal, but the trends are still too early to be definitive. An interesting tool you can use to track flu activity in your area is Google Flu Trends located here. Google uses search terms such as certain medications or other health related information to determine where flu activity is most likely occurring. Their tool is not perfect, but has been able to predict flu outbreaks even before official surveillance networks. Another tool that you can use comes from the Centers of Disease Control…

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Also one of my favorites and I do appreciate your sending to this old lady. Maya is a jewel isn’t she?

Diabetic Redemption

I found this in my Random House Treasury of Best Loved Poems.  I thought I’d share it.

On Aging

When you see me sitting quietly, like a sack upon a shelf,

Don’t think I need your chattering.  I’m listening to myself.

Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me!  Hold!  Stop your sympathy!

Understanding if you got it, otherwise I’ll do without it!

 

When my bones are stiff and aching and my feet won’t climb the stair,

I will only ask one favor:  Don’t bring me no rocking chair.

 

When you see me walking, stumbling, don’t study and get it wrong.

‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy and every goodbye ain’t gone.

I’m the same person I was back then, a little less hair, a little less chin,

A lot less lungs and much less wind.  

But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.

— Maya Angelou

Louis Phillips, ed…

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Commenting on this blog is hard, because 1. I am a dialysis patient 2. I understand how hard it is to work exercise into our days. But as I understand it just 10 minutes a day will make a difference. Stretching in the bed before getting up is a valuable tool. It gets your legs ready to step onto the floor. If I don’t do this, it is hard for me to walk because of the arthritis. Even walking around in the house and doing things as you come too them is exercise. I have a borrowed recumbent bike that I use. Chair exercises are easy and very good for those who cannot move readily.
We have to try, we have to keep up some type of program to keep us limber and keep our joints from freezing up on us. Exercise is vital in dialysis. It and the renal diet keeps our bodies from turning to mush. Having had no exercise in 5 months because of my pain level in my back, really shows on me. It’s harder to breathe, I can’t move fast because breathing becomes labored.
Just 10 minutes a day, or several times a day will improve our flexibility and keep our lungs healthy.

Bob Northam

Bob Here

Some things in life are just not meant to co-exist.

A plaid jacket and striped dress shirt. (Okay, who’s been peeking in my wardrobe??)

Twinkies and mustard.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Exercise and dialysis.

On that last one, let’s face it. Keeping up an exercise routine when you’re on dialysis is not easy. Forgetting about the time constraints of a dialysis lifestyle, the treatments themselves don’t exactly make us want to jump out of our chairs and assault the nearest elliptical machine.

On the one hand, I think all dialysis patients will acknowledge that it’s important for us to stay physically active. The benefits are well documented, and are especially imperative for people who have to be stationary in a chair for long periods of time.

On the other hand, dialysis treatments have a tendency to sap much of our strength and make us feel rotten to…

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This is so true and when a diabetic, are CKD or on dialysis, keeping your weight down to protect joints, lower Type II diabetes and make it better on everything while on dialysis work better, we need to be aware of what fat looks like and try not to have it to carry around.

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A healthy weight loss goal is 1-2 pounds per week. What does a pound of fat mean to you?

1 lb fat <— 1 pound of fat!

A pound of body fat equals about 3500 calories. So, if you have a calorie deficit of 500 calories (meaning that you burn 500 calories more than you consume each day) you would lose about one pound per week.

Basic Tips to Help You Lose a Pound of Fat a Week:
– Cut high calorie, low nutrition items. Cut out a flavored latte for black coffee, or cut out a soda for water as an easy way to save about 200-250 calories a day. (halfway to 500!)
– Swap high calorie, low nutrition food for lower calorie, high nutrition food. Grab some fruit instead of cookies or cake. Swap your greasy chips for air popped popcorn. Look for grilled and steamed instead of battered and…

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