RSN Audio on Living Full Life

The Renal Support Network has published an audio presentation titled Living the Fullest Life Possible with Kidney Disease – Part One, featuring long-time Northwest dialysis patient and activist Bill Peckham sharing tips on getting the most out of life despite being on dialysis for twenty eight years.  For example, Bill once took his portable dialysis machine with him down the Grand Canyon!  Find that story at http://www.dciinc.org/newsroom/a-dialysis-patients-tale-rafting-the-grand-canyon/, and find Part One of the RSN audio at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/living-the-fullest-life-possible-with-kidney-disease-part-one/.

Preventing Organ Stunning

Home Dialysis Central has published a summary of “organ stunning,” where dialysis removes too much water, or removes it too quickly, and your internal organs are shocked.  This can damage your organs, and the damage may be cumulative.  The HDC article covers the causes and processes of organ stunning, and most important, describes how you can avoid it.  Find the article at https://homedialysis.org/life-at-home/articles/organ-stunning-on-hemodialysis-what-is-it-and-what-can-you-do.

8/20+ NW16 PKG 2018 Calendar

The Portland Kidney Group has published the poster for their August 26, 2018 NKF-PKG Kidney Wellness Fair & Community Picnic in Portland; RSVP by August 20.  They’ve also updated their 2018 calendar to include two new patient support groups, September 5, 2018 in Tigard OR, and October 3 in Clackamas OR, in addition to their November 11 Ninth Anniversary Holiday Gathering in Portland.  Find the revised calendar at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/PKG/PKGcal2018.pdf, and the new poster for the August 26 Fair and Picnic at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/P/PKG/PKGpic2018.pdf.  They don’t mention the August 20, 2018 RSVP-by date on the poster, but they have in earlier announcements, so to play it safe you may want to call in before August 20.

6/22 AKF Phosphorus Webinar

The American Kidney Fund will present a free June 22, 2018 webinar on Phosphorus in the Kidney Disease Diet.  The webinar is open to everyone, including patients, family, friends, and professionals.  For details and registration, see http://www.kidneyfund.org/training/webinars/phosphorus-in-the-kidney.html.

CDC HAN re HAV

CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons.  The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures.  For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.