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Kamal on dialysis - my dialysis video by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 19 Jan 2009 1:17am I had my brother take a video of me starting dialysis myself one night. A lot of editing - removing the inconsequential parts (and a couple of bloomers which I did not want anyone to see!) and I have three parts of the video. I finally shortened about 39 minutes of footage to less than 19 minutes. The first part covers the preparation of bicar ... Read on »
AKI requiring dialysis in the hospital: Does this mean I'm on dialysis for good? by Matt S. Posted Tue 23 Aug 2011 1:44pm As nephrology fellows we see a lot of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) on the inpatient consultative service. When AKI in the hospital requires dialysis people and their families naturally want to know whether this means long term dialysis will be required. The answer, as with many things in medicine, is it depends. AKI has a wide variety of ... Read on »
Q & A: Nocturnal dialysis by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Thu 28 May 2009 12:22am Published in Kidney Life, August 2008 Q: Dear Dr O’Donoghue, I would like to ask what you think about Nocturnal Dialysis and how it could be offered more freely to those patients already on Home Haemodialysis (HHD)? I understand there are tremendous benefits to be had from long, slow dialysis overnight which is gentler on the heart and clears ... Read on »
Dialysis in Goa by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 02 Feb 2009 10:48pm During my recent trip to Goa, I was planning on being there for three nights. I would need to do one dialysis session there. I was leaving on Friday afternoon which meant I would have dialysed Thursday night. I was returning on Monday evening which meant I would get dialysis on Monday night. That meant I would be away from my machine for three nigh ... Read on »
Dialysis in India - the 'no choice' problem by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 30 Dec 2008 5:10pm (Another Disclaimer: When I refer to a doctor or a nephrologist, it is the average Indian avatar, definitely not all of them. There are exceptions, like the nephrologist who has treated me for the most part during my life on dialysis, Dr. Girish Narayen. I cannot thank him enough for introducing me to daily nocturnal home hemo because of which - I ... Read on »
Can people on dialysis eat fruits? by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Thu 16 Jun 2011 9:58am Most patients on dialysis are asked not to eat any fruit. All fruits, they say have high potassium. A high potassium is bad for the heart. "You can even die", they are told. This is not entirely true! Here is a table of the potassium content of some foods Food Item Potassium content* Whole Wheat Flour 315 Gr ... Read on »
Dialysis in the middle of an ocean by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 31 Jul 2012 7:26pm During my seven night cruise, I got three dialysis sessions. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The sessions were all four hours each. The company that facilitates this is called Dialysis at Sea . They take up a couple of rooms in the medical facility of a cruise ship and they pay the cruise fees of a nephrologist and the necessary dialysis nurses ... Read on »
Know your dialysis: Ultrafiltration & Dry weight by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sat 21 Sep 2013 10:59am For those of us lucky to be on dialysis, it is important to know some of the basic aspects of dialysis. As you know, the technicians and nurses looking after us during dialysis have so much time for individualized care and are so knowledgeable that we can completely trust our life in their able hands. They are totally devoid of ego and are so h ... Read on »
Six years of normalcy - Peritoneal Dialysis Part 1 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 03 Aug 2008 6:06pm March 2006, Chennai, India "We're here to meet Dr. Georgi Abraham." "Doctor has not yet come, sir. Please wait. You're the sixth in the list." "Sixth!", I thought to myself. After he comes, it would be a good one hour atleast. My dad and I settled down in the waiting area on one of the upper floors of the Madras Medical Mission Hospital at ... Read on »
Six years of normalcy - Peritoneal Dialysis Part 3 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 05 Aug 2008 6:08pm Within a few months I had become quite comfortable with PD. The best part was there were no diet and fluid restrictions. I did put on some weight and flab because of all the glucose that was being absorbed by my body from the dialysis solution. I couldn't care less however. I soon decided to take up atleast a part time job. I was feeling wasted ... Read on »