By Alex Purcell People with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who have gone through dialysis can tell you that it is exhausting—and so can their loved ones. Not only does dialysis take a physical toll on the patient, it can also put significant stress on the patient’s relationships with their friends and family, right when they need those relationships the most. This dynamic can be especially complicated if the primary caregiver is a spouse or close relative. If you’re in this situation, as either a patient or a loved one, you may be feeling frustrated, sad or lonely. But there’s hope: transplant [...]
By Charissa Rice Shhh…not so loud. This is a topic or subject that not too many want to talk about. That’s funny because most of us spend a lifetime trying to do it. So why is sex and anything pertaining to it so taboo? I guess as a patient with a chronic illness that should be the last thing on my mind. I can remember when visiting my many doctors, hearing them discuss different symptoms and what I might expect with my many illnesses. I have lupus and also kidney failure. There are a lot of things that can cause my [...]
By Erich Ditschman “Well, hello, Mr. Ditschman. How is your sex life?” This is one greeting I have never heard in my dialysis clinic. Okay, well maybe by Michael in the waiting room. And yes, I did blush. But, I never heard this once from my doctor, nurse, dietitian or social worker. In my 17-years on dialysis, sex has not been that big of a concern for my medical team, certainly not as big as keeping me alive. If you check out your dialysis clinic’s website, you will probably find a link near the bottom of the page to a “Sexuality [...]
Join us Tuesday, September 19 at 1:00 PM Eastern to discuss relationships and Kidney Disease. A companion call to our previous presentation on "Intimacy and Kidney Disease" two patients will discuss how dialysis has changed relationships in their lives. They will offer their perspective on handling different types of relationships while being a dialysis patient. We hope you can join us for this important topic.
Our next education seminar is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 PM. Our presenter, David Spero, has been a nurse for 40 years and has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 30 years. He knows chronic illness from inside and out. While CKD can interfere with physical intimacy, it can’t prevent it. Join us Thursday to learn about why sex is important, possible, and beneficial. Please note this presentation will contain adult content regarding intimacy and CKD. View the recording: