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Putting this in news because all US dialysis patients have the right to be classified as disabled by Social Security Administration.

Disability Rights Groups Come Out Strong Against Kavanaugh's SCOTUS Nomination
The groups' opposition hinges on several specific rulings—and on Kavanaugh's general distrust of social programs that are critical to disabled Americans.

Sp1  1.4g, 2 x 1.6 x 0.9 cm (he said this was very large)
Sp2 0.4g, 1.7 x 1 x 0.5 cm
Sp3 0.3g, 1.1 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm

Diagnosis: Parathyroid Adenoma
Procedure Parathyroidectomy with Intraoperative PT

Didn't ask about the normal one, but he said he marked some place with a nick as to where it was enlarged (so the next person has a reference) and didn't cut into the sack to get a full visual.
Dialysis: General Discussion / Re: High Potassium
« Last post by kristina on Today at 03:12:06 AM »
Hello Ataraxia,
Unfortunately our kidney-friendly diet has to be re-checked on a regular basis, not only because of the diet itself and how well we adapt and adhere to it, but supermarkets often change their food-suppliers and that does not count much for regular healthy customers, but when being in ESRF we have to keep an eye on our potassium-levels and it may be a life-saver if we regularly check-up on everything again and again.
For example : Since starting my dialysis-treatments (for over 3 and a half years now) my husband and I regularly enjoyed a potato-salad in the evenings of dialysis-days. It was a nice taste-treat and went alright with me and my potassium-readings were always perfectly alright, when all of a sudden my potassium-levels were on the rise and there was no explanation, because I am very meticulous with my vegetarian kidney-friendly diet and there are never any changes. After lots of research on our part, the answers finally came along : our supermarket had changed their potato-supplier and the new potatoes from the new supplier suddenly acted on me like real "potassium-bombs". After finding the answer, we instantly banned potato-salad and generally all potatoes from our diet and my potassium-levels reacted instantly and went back to normal again ... This just proves that regular check-ups not only on our diet, but also on the supermarket-suppliers and their food etc. is very necessary and important ... of course, it unfortunately involves lots of thinking and lots of research and work, but it is really important to check-up regularly and it just proves to be very necessary as well...
Good luck wishes from Kristina. :grouphug;
Dialysis: Pre-Dialysis / Re: Ear,nose ,
« Last post by jambo101 on August 20, 2018, 10:30:35 PM »
 I've had diabetes for 20 years,its not well maintained. i also have high blood pressure also not well maintained however since the stroke i've been taking it all a lot more seriously. I have macular degeneration which is being controlled with shots of Avastin every 5 weeks. not sure how dialysis willl change my situation.
Dialysis: General Discussion / Re: High Potassium
« Last post by Charlie B53 on August 20, 2018, 07:21:03 PM »

You really do need to be careful with your diet.

Potassium, either too high or too low  WILL KILL.

Hemo we have to be very careful not to eat very much potassium rich foods.

PD, I couldn't eat enough and had to take 60 units of supplement, and still ended up in the ER once when everything just quit.  Muscle simply would not work.  I couldn't move.   Dr told me I was within minutes of my heart stopping.

Dialysis: General Discussion / Re: High PTH?
« Last post by Charlie B53 on August 20, 2018, 07:17:57 PM »

My first year on Hemo my pTh ran a bit over 1200.  Dr had me on 3 types of Vit D plus Calcium.  When that didn't have much effect he started increasing my Sensipar.

Recently my pTh has lower enough Dr has decreased my Sensipar.  Waiting for my next labs.

Still taking all the Vit D's but dropped the Calcium.
Dialysis: General Discussion / Re: Dry Weight dilema
« Last post by Charlie B53 on August 20, 2018, 07:14:33 PM »


That wouldn't work at the DaVita Clinic I visited a couple of times.

Their scale has a paper printer that spits out the numbers.

My Fresenius Clinic is very god about adjusting my DW.  Well,  they used to be, until I recently started losing weight again.

Summers, and I get out in the yard, melt, and very often come in way too low.

One time she ADDED a liter before I got out of there!

I still don't understand how I get that low.  I drink when I need to so it isn't like I feel dehydrated.
Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello Everybody!
« Last post by Charlie B53 on August 20, 2018, 07:09:41 PM »

Welcome to IHD!

I am more interested in this 'Non-Compliance' thing.   There could be a whole number of things the clinic may consider 'Non-Compliant', many may not make much difference, technical issues like I haven't stopped smoking.  They nag me about that.  So?

Then again there may be some issues that could have a great deal to do with how well your health may be.

Understanding the what's and why's may give better insight as to how to proceed.

I haven't gotten to your next posts yet, it is open in another tab.  But Labs can be improved with just a bit of attention to a healthier diet.  Learning how to change the way we have eaten is difficult.  The trick is deciding in Moderation.  It ain't always so easy.  Effort is needed.

Take Care,

Charlie B53
Dialysis: General Discussion / Re: How Do You Feel During Dialysis?
« Last post by Michael Murphy on August 20, 2018, 04:48:41 PM »
Kitkatz your observation about extreme taping is dead on prior the escaping needle incident my needles generally were taped with 2 or three pieces of tape today I had 7 pieces on one needle and 6 on the other.  I guess they talk about these incidents cause every one that’s stuck me has used a tremendous amount of tape ever since.
Dialysis: General Discussion / Re: Question about EMLA cream
« Last post by Cowdog on August 20, 2018, 01:59:50 PM »
I've never used any of the numbing stuff. If someone else sticks me the pain is similar to a bee sting and only lasts milliseconds, when I stick myself there is no pain whether using sharps in a new spot or blunts in a buttonhole. Everyone's pain threshold is different, personally I think its mind over matter (pain in this case).
I also have fistula grams and angioplasties without any sedation. I just go somewhere else in my mind. While performing the angioplasties my Dr sometimes asks me where I went/am mentally.
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