Kidney Disease & Dialysis
Your kidneys are the superstars of balance. When everything is working well they help keep your fluid levels and electrolytes (things like sodium and potassium) in check and also filter out waste products. If the kidneys aren’t working well, it can leave you feeling tired, nauseous, short of breath – just generally unwell.
There are a few different options for dealing with decreased kidney function (what we call chronic kidney disease or CKD). They range from changes to diet, to something called dialysis, to kidney transplant.
The resources in this section will hopefully help you get a better understanding of what CKD is and how patients and doctors make decisions about how to treat it.
The Best of the Rest
|NHS: My Kidney
||This site was put together by doctors and clinicians in specialist kidney units at two world-class centres for the treatment of kidney disease and research.
||A user-friendly site " . . . created by kidney specialists and patients working together to give you clear, accurate information". Especially enjoy the Kidneypedia A-Z of kidneys.|
|The American National Kidney Foundation
||This U.S. organization's site has lots of resources about kidney health, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.
||Lots of thorough but easy to understand information here. You can browse through the different topics or search by the letter. Great that they include quality of life-related topics such as fitness and sexual health.|
|A patient's story of living with chronic kidney disease
||In this video a patient shares her story about living with chronic kidney disease, undergoing a transplant, and her advice to others when managing this disease.
||Stories trump data. Teresa Ritter woman offers a perspective only a patient can have. She goes beyond just describing clinical CKD stuff and shares her emotional experience, and how the disease has affected her relationships and her quality of life.|
||The Kidney Foundation of Canada has its own You Tube channel where you can find videos about living kidney disese, dialysis, organ donation and more.
||A nice mix of videos here - deeper dives into managing your kidney health, punchy public service announcements and powerful patient stories. Also enjoyed Don Cherry talking about his "Kidney Car".|