Category Archives: Dialysis

And,the wind, it cries Mary…

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As a child of the 50s and 60s, I was surrounded by folks who experimented with all sorts of “mind-enhancing” drugs. Me? I was content to keep my experiments contained within my chem lab. (Nowadays, my fraternity brothers and friends would term me the “designated driver”.)

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Creative Accounting or Illegal Practice?

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I am sure you are all wondering what’s been happening about the dialysis patient organizations- and, now, it seems that some dialysis clinics- are paying the health insurance premiums for dialysis patients. (I first discussed this issue here).   There is a new complainant- it’s not just private insurance companies now.

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Stick it to me?

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Can you imagine what your life would be if your kidneys failed?  You would probably be forced to give up your job (see below for more) and spend 3 days a week going back and forth to a dialysis clinic, where you would be hooked up to a machine for about 4 hours each time.  And, you still would only have some of your kidney functions fixed, not all of them.

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Clean Hands?

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I remember teaching my kids how to wash their hands.  No, not the ritual washing that we Jews do before meals- but they had to learn that process, too.  (Pour water from a pitcher- first on your left hand, then the right, the left, the right, and then say the blessing.)   Because that method certainly doesn’t remove the grime and dirt- or microbes- from our hands.  And, if you have young kids, you know that sometimes that grime is not just on the surface of the skin, but seems to have been imbued down to the stem cell layers of their skin.

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