Hello, and Happy Humpday. Below you will see an image which is the first slide in the AKF Kidney Class presentation. If I was doing this in person with you, this is the very first slide you would see. I will upload a new slide every Wednesday. Each slide will have an explanation, plus links to other websites, personal experiences of my own, and some things to research on your own. Since Covid, I have not done an in-person class. The AKF has given me permission to do it this way to help more people in a safe way.
At this point I would introduce myself and tell you a little about me and why I became a Kidney Coach.
My name is Melissa. I am 52 years young, married, with two almost-grown children. In 2016 my left kidney failed and in 2017 I was officially diagnosed with CKD. I became a Kidney Coach because I found the information given to me by my healthcare team to be inadequate at best and I knew there had to be better information other than watching your sodium intake and waiting for Dialysis. The AKF kidney presentation helped me and I am hopeful it will help others along with my own experiences with CKD. I am a nurse by profession and helping others learn about their illness, as well as learn to better manage it, is what I have dedicated my whole life to. If you are not new to this blog then you know I am also a Health Coach. I am currently enrolled in Medical Billing and Coding certification courses to move away from bedside nursing into a more relaxed type of nursing.
You may leave comments or questions for each slide. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to engage with me and others. I do moderate all comments, and spam is not going to get through so there is no sense to waste your time. I will answer all comments and questions to the best of my ability. The words accompanying each slide are the AKF slide wording. They are not mine and it is part of the class.
The information from the AKF class is not medical advice, nor is it meant to replace seeing a medical doctor. It is meant to educate the public about kidney disease, and promote the prevention of kidney disease and its many complications. My comments are my experiences with the disease. All kidney patients are different and just because something helped me does not mean it will help you. However, I am hoping my experiences, and those of others will assist people to advocate for themselves with their health team to ask better questions, gather information, and make good sound decisions. If I find good relatable videos about the topic I will share them.
Let’s talk about Kidney Disease!