In Blurred Lines: Keeping Safe Boundaries at a Dialysis Clinic, Lori and Network 18 Patient Services Director Eileen Rhodes discuss the problems that can arise when patients and staff become friends. Find this recorded podcast at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/blurred-lines-keeping-safe-boundaries-at-a-dialysis-clinic/.
Previous podcasts can be found at https://www.rsnhope.org/, along with information about the Renal Support Network’s Annual Teen Prom, Annual Essay Contest, Monthly Support Group Meetings, Public Speaking Training, KidneyTalk Magazine, HOPEline Peer Support Hotline, KidneyTalk Blog, Renal Recipes, and the many other services RSN provides for ESRD patients.
NKF and Swedish Medical Center will present an April 25, 2020 four-hour workshop on Lifestyle & Kidney Health: Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss and Beyond. Topics will include nutrition, diabetes, blood pressure, fitness, and transplant preparation. Lunch will be provided. See below for full details:
Dialysis Patient Citizens will present an October 17, 2019 webinar on Decisions You Need to Make about Your Transplant Choice. The webinar will cover high risk donors, the transplant waitlist, and how to be a “great transplant recipient.” RSVP at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/. This is short notice, but the webinar will be recorded, and when the recording is ready you can find a link to it at the same web page, along with past webinars on topics like diabetes, employment, exercise, medications, laughter, support, and many others. The next monthly webinar, on November 21, will be about Treatments and Modality Options for Kidney Disease. There’s no date set yet, but the December webinar will be on Kidney Nutrition. Find more details and RSVP for current and future webinars at https://www.dpcedcenter.org/news-events/education-webinars/signup/.
NKF and the Portland Kidney Group will host its Annual Holiday Party November 10, 2019 in Portland OR. Food and drinks will be provided, and family and friends are invited. The party will feature a dietitian talking about hearty but kidney-friendly holiday cooking. Volunteers are needed to help get everything ready. You’re asked to RSVP by November 4, 2019. Find more information on the Party, on volunteering, and on how to RSVP, at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG1119.pdf.
AAKP will present an October 23, 2019 webinar and conference call on Potassium and Kidney Disease: What You Need to Know. Find more information and register at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/aakp-healthline/.
NKF publishes a Fact Sheet at https://www.kidney.org/content/hyperkalemia-and-kidney-disease-what-you-need-know, and a web page at https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium, on the same subject.
The Oregon Health Authority has announced a #SummerBummer collection of strategies for Preventing and Responding to common hot-weather risks, including drowning, poor air quality, mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses, algal blooms, fecal beach bacteria, food poisoning, and extreme heat. Find their recommendations at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/StaySafeHealthyWithSafetyTipsFromOHAAsSummerKicksOffJune21.aspx.
CDC has a comparable program that sends out a weekly email on Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip, which also covers skin cancer, hydration, and communicable diseases. Review their Tips or sign up at https://www.cdc.gov/family/minutes/tips/summersavvy/index.htm.
Homeland Security’s “Ready.gov” website has a thorough discussion of how to stay cool and safe in extreme heat, at https://www.ready.gov/heat, and one to help you Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season at https://www.ready.gov/wildfires.
And of course people with ESRD have special issues with food and water in the summer:
The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Kidney Community Kitchen blog has published a post on Reminders for Ramadan, summarizing kidney-friendly diet tips and reminders during Ramadan, the Muslim month of daytime fasting that spans May 6 to June 3, 2019. Find the post at https://www.kidneycommunitykitchen.ca/archives/11056/.