The Renal Support Network has published a KidneyTalk podcast on Fluid Overload – Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention. Find it at https://www.rsnhope.org/kidneytalk/dry-weight-fluid-overload-signs-symptoms-and-prevention/.
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:
- AAKP has a HealthLine webinar on Summer Eats: Staying Healthy, Hydrated and On Your Kidney-Friendly Diet which can be found at https://www.gotostage.com/channel/6927452477730326277/recording/c21ada4c697042f18ea3383e674c0db1/watch?source=CHANNEL.
- ESRD Network 16’s tips on Fluids Management reside at:
- While they’re several years old, NKF’s advice on summer fruits and vegetables in their article on Healthy Living in Summer are still valid. Find them at https://www.kidney.org/blog/staying-healthy/healthy-living-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/.
The Portland Kidney Group invites patients and care partners to their October 30, 2018 Support Group Meeting in Milwaukie OR. Topics of discussion will include treatment options and holiday coping strategies. Kidney-friendly refreshments will be provided, but RSVP is requested. For details see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PKG/PKG1018.pdf.
The Portland Kidney Support Group invites patients and their care partners to a 10:00-11:30am meeting on September 27, 2018 in the conference room at FKC Scholls Ferry Dialysis Clinic, 10300 SW Nimbus Ave P-A, Tigard OR 97223. Kidney friendly refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Yasuyo at 503-443-4909, as space is limited. Topics will include Feeling your best; making the most of your dialysis treatment by Dr. Gurvinder Suri, MD and Ideas for high protein snacks by Claudia Kreft, RD.
Home Dialysis Central has published a Dialysis Fluid Restriction Calculator to answer the question, “How much can I drink between dialysis sessions?” individualized for each patient. For the Calculator and discussion, see https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/265-a-new-dialysis-fluid-restriction-calculator.
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.