Entries by Bernie Gilmer

MAKING THE PERFECT TEAM: WORKING WITH YOUR DIALYSIS TECHNICIAN

I just signed up for an October online webinar over the weekend, which reminded me at the same time to update my Health Care Team members. The webinar is titled: Making the Perfect Team: Working with Your Dialysis Technician. It is being presented by the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) in conjunction with the […]

ARE PATIENTS ON SHORT END OF MANAGING OWN DESTINY?

There are times when chronic kidney disease patients feel like they are on the short end of managing their own destiny. There are a couple instances that have arisen recently that tend to substantiate that feeling. One is a report on kidneybuzz.com provided by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) that suggests that transplant hospitals are throwing […]

UPDATE: 3D PRINTER TECHNOLOGY CREATES KIDNEY STRUCTURE

I do not pretend to understand totally the innovations that are emerging from various researchers who are attempting to improve the lives of those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and those who have reached the end stage of being on dialysis. I have read up a good bit on the artificial kidney that may be […]

Dialysis book selected for 16th Annual Holiday Author Fair

I received word this week that my book Dialing in on DI-AL-Y-SIS has been selected to be displayed at the upcoming 16th Annual Holiday Author Fair. The Fair is set for Saturday, December 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis on West Ohio Street. Staged […]

SHOULD DIALYSIS COMPANIES BE MAKING RECORD PROFITS?

Part of my daily routine is to peruse articles provided by kidneybuzz.com, a free online service provided by a California-based company that also offers patient-related products for those like me who are on dialysis. I found this morning’s item quite interesting, even though it was read several hours ahead of sunrise. It centered on a […]

Researchers hone in on emotions of CKD patients

When patients are first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, or first initiate end-stage renal disease treatments (on dialysis) there are times when emotions can take center stage. In my book, Dialing in on DI-AL-Y-SIS, it is noted that “psychologists characterize the gateway into the world of chronic kidney disease – that can end up on […]

Depression not unusual battle for dialysis patients

Today, I received an electronic  communique from Lori Hartwell at rsnhope.org and her Renal Support Network’s RENALERT news issue. The lead article centers on the topic of depression. That reminded me of a blog item I penned back in early March titled Dialysis Has Its Own Pains & Sufferings, where I addressed personal pains relating […]

2 impactful (??) contributions claimed within a week

Displayng his 2 stickers after casting ballot. By the end of this calendar year’s first quarter (January-March), I can realistically state that I helped Fresenius Medical Care, the largest dialysis-related conglomerate in the entire world, to increase one of its numbers in a May 3-released financial report reflecting its U.S. and international operations. I really […]

TV station reports on bionic kidney project

WSMV News 4, a Nashville (Tennessee) television station, this past week reported on the development and progress of a bionic kidney that is providing hope for the many thousands of dialysis patients across the country. I came to know of this artificial kidney possibility while researching my book, Dialing in on DI-AL-Y-SIS, and included pertinent […]

This work ethic belongs in World Series

While watching a TV sports show early one morning last week during a dialysis treatment, it was mentioned that the Kansas City Royals (my favorite baseball team) were getting ready to begin their 50th season as an American League franchise. I have been right along on that half century every step of the way, being […]