March is National Kidney Month

A few links to gather information from on Kidney disease and dialysis. It is National Kidney Month.

If you adopt a dialysis center this month, bring in hats and gloves. Centers are cold. Bring a packet of goodies to share with patients. Bring donuts for staff. Bring in a large cake to share with staff and patients. Take time to talk to a few patients.

Send letters to your Washington political people telling them to keep paying for dialysis treatments through Medicare. Tell them not to mess with a lifesaving treatment for people across the nation. Also ask them to keep paying for transplant medication indefinitely. They only pay for three years of anti-rejection drugs after transplant now.

Help fund research into better ways to dialyze and research into artificial kidneys.

Wear green to signify your support. By a t-shirt from that supports kidney donation. Look for the National Kidney Walk near you.

I thank you for your support. I dialyze to live, I do not live to dialyze. Now go do something fun and live a life worth living.

One Reply to “March is National Kidney Month”

  1. Life on dialysis is a living death, but only a small percentage of patients are allowed to progress to the waiting list for a new kidney because of overly-stringent health criteria set for transplant candidates. These criteria are unrealistically stringent because the extreme shortage of organs requires artificially selective standards for those allowed to proceed to the waiting list. Of the tiny medical elite who are placed on the waiting list, many die from the rigors of dialysis before they even receive a kidney. The wait for a new kidney in Canada is now a decade long, and in other developed countries it is nearly as long. The number of people condemned to this situation continues to grow. In short, the shortage of organs is a medical and moral crisis.
    Realistically, the only solution for this crisis is to allow for compensated donation of a spare kidney by people who can safely donate. If the state controls the medical approval of candidates for donation and compensates them for it, most if not all ethical concerns about the practice would disappear. This would represent a massive cost saving for the state, since keeping people on dialysis costs about $60,000 a year and keeps them unproductive, to say nothing of the cost in human suffering which would be eliminated..

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