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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477574263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477574263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author adroitly uses his experiences to clarify various facets of dialysis, from the basics of the procedure to its effects on patients' lifestyles and work.  Northam injects each example with his caustic humor and wit.  His ability to put a humorous spin on life-or-death situations is remarkable, and he's created a stimulating book about a truly dire subject.
A fine book about one man's experiences with kidney disease and dialysis that may provide hope to others faced with similar diagnoses.
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From the Author

Bob Northam recently retired from his position as VP, Finance for a Fortune 500 company. He has been a dialysis patient for a number of years. He graduated from Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and an MBA from Boston College. He worked in industry for 32 years. He and his wife Donna live in Texas. They have two adult children and one grandson.

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Bob Northam recently retired from his position as VP, Finance for a Fortune 500 company. He has been a dialysis patient for a number of years. He graduated from Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and an MBA from Boston College. He worked in industry for 32 years. He and his wife Donna live in Texas. They have two adult children and one grandson.

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ANYONE would benefit from reading this book!
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He interjects just the right amount of his own brand of humor to make a serious subject easy to read about and understand.
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Well, let me tell you, he really spells it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FRANCES ATKINS on August 11, 2012
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This is an excellent book for gaining insight into human side of the dialysis process. Living with the ups & downs ,highs & lows of the dialysis experience. This is not a medical book with alot of medical jargon. This is a book about Bob. Seeing this difficult journey through his eyes. Its inspiring that he kept his sense of humor. I promise, you will find yourself laughing while reading this book. Thank you bob for teaching me about the struggles with dialysis,& teaching me to count my blessings.
I highly recommend this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Edemann on September 7, 2012
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Awesome book for anyone living with 'the Big D', or if you have a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc., living with Dialysis. I learned SO much through Bob's first-hand insights, helpful hints, and basic understanding of how good discipline can set you up to successfully balance your life in so many ways. Can't think of another book where I've learned so much about a very important topic, yet laughed out loud while Bob showed the humor you can find in just about any situation! ANYONE would benefit from reading this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murli Melwani on November 24, 2012
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Quiz. What medical condition (i)prevents you from eating pizza because the tomato sauce in it contains potassium, the cheese carries too much phosphorous, the toppings have too much sodium, (ii) requires you to control your fluid and protein intake (iii) can cause dizziness, fainting, cramping, nausea, vomiting, itching, bleeding, not to mention pain,(iv) does not allow you to urinate, and (v) leaves you weak after treatment?

Answer: kidney failure

It is not hard to imagine the effects of kidney failure on a patient. But it is hard to imagine the effect it had on Bob Northam. It brought out the lighter side of his nature. The tone of the book, not just the title, The ABC’s of the big D: My life on Dialysis, in which Bob shares his experiences as patient, is humorous.

Bob Northam held a high executive position in a large Fortune 500 corporation. His kidneys stopped functioning when he was in his 30s. He received a kidney transplant from his mother. The transplant worked well for 17 years. After that he had to go back on the dialysis machine. A dialysis machine is an artificial means of performing a kidney’s functions, which are cleaning out the impurities in our blood and regulating the balance of fluid and electrolytes.

Bob’s treatments, that involve inserting two 15-gauge needles (visualize how large they are) into both arms, take about four hours three times a week. The treatments start on an empty stomach and leave most patients incapable of doing much during the rest of the day. Bob is generally an exception to any rule!

Work, social life, recreation, travel, exercise are impacted to such an extent that, as Bob writes, “having to work and live around our scheduled treatments and managing our lifestyles is almost a fulltime job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helaine B. Thompson on October 24, 2012
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What a great perspective on dealing with such a major medical issue with humor and unwaivering positivity. Mr. Northam's story is an incredible inspiration for everyone!
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