Kidney Today from the American Kidney Fund brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others.
When we visited Houston a few weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s extensive flooding left centers closed and damaged, and many patients unable to live in their homes, we heard heroic stories of social workers working around the clock to help their patients. We salute their efforts after the hurricane, as well as the loving care that they provide to dialysis patients day in and day out. READ MORE >>TOPICS: AKF programs, Disaster Relief
If there’s one thing that’s predictable in a dialysis patient’s life, it’s the treatment schedule. Patients who are treated in-center typically go three times a week for about four hours of hemodialysis each time. But what happens when something disrupts that schedule? We sat down with Ariel Brigham in Houston to talk about her experience after Hurricane Harvey flooded vast parts of Houston and coastal Texas. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Dialysis, Disaster Relief, Living with kidney disease
For dialysis patients, a natural disaster like that unfolding along the Gulf Coast is truly a matter of life and death. More than 12,000 dialysis patients—more than a quarter of all dialysis patients in Texas—live in the region affected by Hurricane Harvey, and as the storm moves into Louisiana, even more patients will be affected. READ MORE >>TOPICS: Disaster Relief