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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.


older person and depression

A reader commented this week and wrote:

…I wish my dad would go on dialysis, but..he is refusing, he just got out of Hospital yesterday after having a heart attack, his kidneys are only 16 percent. i am so worried, I wish he would give it a chance.

I responded: “After all he’s been through, he probably asking himself if it’s worth it. I went through the same and I have friends who have had to answer that too. It might help if you offer him some reasons to stick around and also help him resolve his possible fears and concerns about enduring the treatment.”

Then I got to thinking about this and figured it would be a good topic to write about.  In my posting “Dialysis and Depression“,  l mention  meeting a fellow who was considering not starting dialysis because he was 57 years old and…

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What a wonderful day!  We on dialysis are having a weekend for Christmas and New Years at my clinic.  Of course, the schedule changed to give the techs Christmas Day off, too.  And they certainly deserve it.  They are always working so hard to keep us safe and comfortable during our treatments.  I want to take this opportunity to thank them at FMS Healthcare in Matthews, NC.  You guys are the best!  Hoping this special Day will be joyous and happy for you and your families and friends. 

To all of you, I pray that this is a pleasant and painfree day for you.  Keep your spirits up and never look down.  You are such a special person in this world.  You are unique and worthy in every way.  A Positive Attitude can be formed first thing in the morning during your quiet time, when you realize you have the gift of life again.Image