KIDNEY SMART class

I had this class scheduled about 6 weeks and promptly forgot about it until an e-mail reminder a day in advance was sent, along with another the day of.

I did a lot of research on CKD prior to the class because I don't have the patience to wait. (Thank goodness for the internet. [Of course the internet can also be a dangerous weapon in the hands of the scared, anxious and... well you know what I mean.])

If you haven't gone to one of these find one in your area. There was not a lot of new information for me on the basics but it did provide me with some clarification on a few issues and more importantly, I was able to ask smarter questions since I came in with some prior knowledge. Topics discussed were CKD causes, Treatment Modalities, Insurance, Working, Care Givers, and Diet. After it was over I found that the RN who conducted the class knew someone who could speed up the process of getting an appointment with the new nephrologist I'm wanting to see. Anyway, even though we were given a Satisfaction Survery to complete I was still sent an e-mail last night asking for additional information on the class. It connected me with another website that focuses on their program: Take Control, Make a Plan and Stay the Course.

We were also provided with information on other resources available for those in need of help with insurance, work and other critical issues.

If you haven't done this yet, give it a shot. The class lasted about 2 hours and it was a fast class. Not boring at all, regardless of your prior knowledge.

Hope this helps.l

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  • We NEED a NEW discussion about- How to Prevent Kidney Damage and getting to a point of CKD --- specially for diabetic persons -- to avoid Dialysis or transplant.

  • The DaVita website has a recipe link in the menu bar. Each recipe will help you develop a meal plan good for CKD AND Diabetes. To prevent Kidney Disease you need to follow Mark Twain's advice for a healthy life..."You have to eat what you don't like, drink what you don't like and go to places you don't want to go." (Apologies to Mark Twain if I didn't get your quote exactly as you stated it)

    What really is needed is a strong lobbying effort for the 30,000,000+ people with CKD to the Food and Drug Administration to amend the food labeling to list phosphates. Anyone know if this is underway?

  • Mr. Kidney, I took DaVita's 90 minute "Kidney Smart" seminar. Please tell me who offers the seminar you attended so I can check the Richmond, VA and Houston, TX areas. Thanks.

  • Below is the website I was sent after the class but you can find the classes there.

    kidneysmart.edmeasures.com/...

  • Mr. Kidney. Whoops. I just scrolled back to the title of your post, and I see you too were talking about the DaVita class.

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