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Volume 3, Issue 4 · Winter 2012

Prepare for winter weather Be prepared in case of bad weather. Have a plan and follow these tips.


Pay attention to weather reports. Dialyze early if there may be a power outage. Stock up on supplies. See the column at right. Have backup travel plans to get to appointments or Our nurses are happy to talk to treatments in case of a power home patients about emergency outage. If you are a home preparedness. Jo Strom does hemo patient in need of a peritoneal dialysis at home. backup run, contact the home hemodialysis department at 206-292-2558. Don’t call other Northwest Kidney Centers units – they can't schedule you without hearing from the home unit first.

How’s your supply? Medications and other items to keep on hand • Have an extra week of hemodialysis solution and tubing available. PD patients, your nurse can help you decide what you need and will make sure that extra supplies are approved. • Build up a week’s worth of medications to have on hand. • Have a written record of your current dialysis prescription. • Keep an eye on the expiration dates so supplies don’t go bad.

Build an emergency supply kit. Talk to a nurse for a complete list of items.

• Even when winter weather isn’t severe, stay alert. If temperatures are close to freezing, check dialysis supply deliveries closely. Make sure that they have not frozen. If things don’t look right, contact your dialysis nurse.

Keep a list of updated contacts for Northwest Kidney Centers and all your other health care resources. Be sure your home unit has three different ways to reach you.

• If your Epogen freezes, do not use it. Call our pharmacy at 206-343-4870 for a new supply.

Have emergency diet food at home. Talk to your dietitian about the emergency diet plan. It can keep your body in balance for up to five days without a treatment.

Your best defense in an emergency is to have a backup plan. Talk with your nurse soon about your plan. If you can’t reach the home dialysis department in an emergency, contact: 206-292-3001 for a recorded message, or 1-800-606-9174 for emergency scheduling.

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HH PD Resources to help you live well with chronic kidney disease

Kidney School is a free, comprehensive, online education program covering topics such as living successfully with kidney disease, treatment choices, following your treatment plan, coping, labs, diets and liquids, sexuality and getting enough dialysis. Rosie Drayton, right, is a PD patient who receives help with treatments from her youngest daughter, Pat Pumphrey, at left.

Does your caregiver need a day off?


Northwest Kidney Centers offers respite care in a clinic to help the family members and friends who assist patients with treatments. PD

The Intermittent Peritoneal Dialysis program offers respite for caregivers of PD patients. You can set it up for one to five days, Monday through Friday, with your doctor’s approval. To make arrangements, talk to your nurse or contact Alice Chamberlin,

Kidney School was developed by the Medical Education Institute and is available in English and Spanish. Visit Kidney School at Kidney Living is National Kidney Foundation's new, free magazine for dialysis patients, featuring stories from people who are living well on dialysis, tips for living with kidney disease, healthy eating, finding support and more. To sign up, visit KidneyLiving/.

RN, PD manager, at 206-292-2285. You can get respite care at either Northwest Kidney Centers’ Seattle clinic at 548 15th Ave. or the Renton clinic at 602 Oakesdale Ave. SW. HH

Center backup runs are available for up to a week for home hemo patients whose helpers need a break. Please contact the home hemo unit at 206-292-2258 to arrange backup runs at the center of your choice (spots pending availability).

Home hemo training is coming to the Olympic Peninsula at Northwest Kidney Centers Port Angeles in early 2013. For more information, contact the home hemo unit at 206-292-2558 or 1-877-216-2558.

Online resources can answer many of your questions. Cindy Turner does peritoneal dialysis at home.

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Dialysis-friendly recipe

PD and home hemo support group Next monthly meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 12:30 - 2 p.m. Northwest Kidney Centers Haviland Pavilion Houlahan Conference Room 700 Broadway, Seattle

To find out more or to RSVP, contact:



the social workers who will help answer your questions about home dialysis.

Jennifer Hurley 206-720-3984 or Jessica Pitts 425-203-5235 or

Tell Us Your Story Read about others who have walked in your shoes. Then share your Northwest Kidney Centers experience.

Get all your prescriptions HH at our expanded pharmacy Our friendly staff can fill prescriptions for all your medications. Delivery is free. Phone 206-343-4870 Toll-free 800-947-8902

By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD Nutrition and fitness manager Packaged gravy mixes are full of salt. Try this tasty homemade gravy over potatoes or stuffing. If you need to watch your potassium, limit your serving of potatoes to ½ cup, but have all the gravy you want! Leftovers keep a day or two.

Topic: Beginning a new year

Jennifer Hurley is one of

Easy, low-salt gravy


2 carrots, cut in 1-inch lengths 2 celery stalks, cut in 1-inch lengths 1 ½ cups mushrooms, chopped 1 bay leaf 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves Simmer vegetables and mushrooms in a large saucepan for a half-hour. Remove veggies and bay leaf, discard. Pour broth into glass measuring cup. Add butter to a large frying pan, melt over medium heat. Add flour and thyme. Stir until lightly browned, and flour begins to hold together in a ball. Slowly add broth, stirring constantly, until thickened. Serve. Yields 8 servings.

Nutrition information (per ¼-cup serving): Calories: 58, Sodium: 25 milligrams Carbohydrates: 4 grams, Protein: 1 gram 206-292-2771

Home hemodialysis unit: 206-292-2558 or 1-877-216-2558 Peritoneal dialysis unit: 206-292-2285 or 1-877-292-2285

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As always, you can reach a nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when we are not open. Northwest Kidney Centers peritoneal dialysis unit: 206-292-2285 or 1-877-292-2285 home hemodialysis unit: 206-292-2558 or 1-877-216-2558

It’s the law:


We must receive your treatment logs! You must fill out your treatment logs completely and accurately every day so that we know you are dialyzing safely and as prescribed. We look at your log daily and we will be happy to help you correct any discrepancies. We count on you to submit logs on time, via the website portal, by fax or in person.

It's easy to fill out and submit your treatment logs online through My Northwest Kidney Centers. Simply go to, log in to My Northwest Kidney Centers at the top of the home page, then open your Dialysis Log.

Home Connection - Winter 2012  

Northwest Kidney Centers winter 2012 Home Connection, a quarterly publication for Northwest Kidney Centers home dialysis patients.

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