The KidneyTalk™ Blog is authored by Lori Hartwell and special guest writers. Posts here feature personal stories and first-hand experiences of people living with chronic kidney disease and their families.

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General FAQ’s about Covid-19 for anyone with chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis or who have a transplant: Is there a way to communicate with my doctor without having to go to their office? The HHS has altered HIPAA rules during the COVID-19 crisis, allowing health care providers to use applications such as FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, etc so...
As we now know, there is a shortage of protective face masks due to the coronavirus. If you are self-quarantined or just have time on your hands, try making these simple DIY masks. Try your hand at a fabric mask or a protective shield.                 Note these masks cannot protect you from the virus, but it can stop you from touching...
A myriad of discussions is happening on masks, their shortages and who should wear them, are now in the news and on social media. Remember, not all masks are created equal; different masks are used in different situations. First, there’s the common soft, blue surgical mask with a little metal strip at the top to bend over the nose. This...
We have never had such a trying time in our lifetime with the outbreak of Covid-19.  People are scared, they no longer have their normal routine and are experiencing a vast amount of emotions that can leave one quick tempered, fearful, in shock or downright depressed. Social distancing and quarantining are adding more anxiety and the stress of the...
The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce met in open markup session on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. One of the bills that was voted to advance was H.R. 5534, the "Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act."   Chairwoman Eshoo, (D-CA) pointed out that “while Medicare covers a lifetime of dialysis, kidney transplant recipients...

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQ’s for people who have chronic kidney disease, are...

General FAQ’s about Covid-19 for anyone with chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis or who have a transplant: Is there a way to communicate with...
CHRONICALLY HAPPY by Lori Hartwell

Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness
A book that teaches one how to cope and life a fulfilling, joyful life despite having chronic illness By Lori Hartwell, who was was diagnosed with kidney disease at age of 2.

Available in Paperback at Amazon.com and, digital or eReader via Renal Support Network

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