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The ABC's of the Big D: My Life on Dialysis Paperback – July 31, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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The information is very informative. The writer does point out some very interesting information and you can follow the trail of information provided.Published on May 4, 2013 by Gail T