What Is It And How Did I Get It? Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease [NOOK Book]

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Finding out she might have Chronic Kidney Disease sends the author reeling, asking herself “What is it and how did I get it?” In fact, those were the first questions she blurted out to her new family doctor. Keeping these two hard-working organs healthy – since they filter as many as 200 quarts of blood per day – becomes a top priority. As the author quickly learns, the problem isn’t restricted to reduced filtering capability; even a small ...
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What Is It And How Did I Get It? Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease

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Overview

Finding out she might have Chronic Kidney Disease sends the author reeling, asking herself “What is it and how did I get it?” In fact, those were the first questions she blurted out to her new family doctor. Keeping these two hard-working organs healthy – since they filter as many as 200 quarts of blood per day – becomes a top priority. As the author quickly learns, the problem isn’t restricted to reduced filtering capability; even a small decline in kidney function can double someone’s risk for cardiovascular problems.

What Is It and How Did I Get It provides basic information for those diagnosed with kidney disease and their loved ones, covering everything from a glossary of medical terms to what to expect at a doctor’s visit, what tests look for, the need for exercise and renal nutrition. An overview of publications offers resources for further reading. In keeping with the spirit of letting newly diagnosed patients know they are not alone, the book describes other patients’ initial reactions to their diagnosis as well as the author’s own experiences. The author writes that nearly 30 million people in the United States have CKD or nephropathy –13 percent of the country’s population. With help from this step-by-step guide to the disease, patients can move forward in their diagnosis and treatment with confidence.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013753204
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 941,201
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Author Gail Rae, a nonfiction writer for more than 20 years, is the kidney educator for Facebook’s The Transplant Community Outreach. Her essay was featured November 2010 on the front pages of KidneyTimes.com and RSNHope.org. The American Society of Nephrologists and the Chronic Kidney Disease Support Forum’s Facebook pages have both announced her blog – “What Is It and How Did I Get It?” – based on this book. Gail also guest writes on medical narrative blogs and has been a guest on several medical radio shows as well as a TweetChat
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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    Information & Tips From Someone Who's Dealt with the Disease

    Gail Rae's book, What Is it and How Did I Get it?: Early Chronic Kidney Disease provides information about this disease from the patient's viewpoint. Having dealt with many doctors while dealing with a different health issue, I have learned how important it is to understand what all the tests and procedures mean. From my viewpoint, it's also important to know how to talk with your doctor and even more importantly in my opinion to know how to get the doctor to talk with you about prognosis, treatments, and any questions you have. Her book gives you the basic understanding about chronic kidney disease and addresses issues that can puzzle and frighten patients. She gives you her experience as a patient as well as information she's researched trying to find her own answers. A useful resource for anyone dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease.

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