E-Kidney Newsletter June 2009


TV's "30 Rock" Urges Kidney Donation in Musical Season Finale

The national organ shortage is not a laughing matter, but the season finale of "30 Rock," the Emmy Award-Winning NBC comedy starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, had viewers smiling and rocking with a musical plea for kidney donation. The show featured special guest star Alan Alda whose character needs a transplant. The specially written song—"He Needs a Kidney"—brought out top musical stars Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper and the Beastie Boys, among others.

To generate additional awareness for the cause, producers have partnered with iTunes to distribute a music video of "He Needs a Kidney" online until November. All proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

To support NKF and download the "He Needs a Kidney" music video, visit iTunes.com . For more information on becoming an organ donor, click here.

 

Traveling While on Dialysis Has No Boundaries

There's no need to turn in your passport or let your frequent flyer miles go to waste just because you're on dialysis. Whether you want to take a two hour flight or a cruise around the world, anything is possible with proper planning. After all, singer Natalie Cole went on a world concert tour while on dialysis. So there's no need to be a homebody this summer. Here are some tips from the National Kidney Foundation that will have you packing your bags in no time:

  1. Start traveling on a small scale. Try one treatment away from your own unit to experience how the scheduling process works.
  2. Before booking a long distance trip, make a list of dialysis facilities in potential travel destinations that accept transient patients.

Click here for additional tips and register for the People Like Us: Coffeehouse Conversations™ "Travel on Dialysis" telephone series to be held on July 13.

 

Celebrating Life on Father's Day

What do you buy your dad for Father's Day when you've already given him a kidney?

"Not much," says Marie Eraso of Los Angeles. "At this point, just visiting him and appreciating the healthy life he now lives is enough of a gift for him and for all of us."

Back in the fall of 2005, when Marie left her home in Dallas for Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she was worried. Being so far away from home would be a big adjustment and knowing that her father, Ramoncito, was ill made her leave-taking all the more bittersweet.

Her dad's kidneys were failing and he had just been placed on the national transplant waiting list. By the time she returned home six months later for spring break, her father was already being prepped for dialysis treatment.

To read more on Marie's gift of life to her father click here.

 

Social Connection Far Outweighs Compensation in Motivating Kidney Donors

A potential kidney donor is far more motivated to donate a kidney based on a close relationship with the recipient than on a monetary incentive, according to new research published this summer in NKF's Journal of Nephrology Social Work.

In the first phase of this study, led by Dr. Harry Humphries and his associates at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, researchers surveyed 73 undergraduate students using standardized scales to "explore the social structures of kidney transplants and to empirically examine social distance and material incentives."

To learn more about their study, click here.

 

Apples are Okay, but Bananas are not...Top 10 Dialysis Diet Tips

If you have chronic kidney disease, good nutrition and diet are critical components of the treatment plan. The recommended diet, including amounts of protein, calories and nutrients, changes depending on how much kidney function you have. For those beginning dialysis treatment, monitoring your diet is essential to staying healthy. Here are some tips to keep you on track:

  1. Eat a high protein food at every meal. This includes meat, fish, poultry, fresh pork or eggs.
  2. Cut out potassium and phosphorus.
  3. Avoid peanut butter, nut, seeds, dried beans and lentils. Even though these are high in protein, they are also high in potassium and phosphorous.
  4. Use less salt and eat fewer salty foods. This may help to control blood pressure and reduce weight gains between dialysis sessions.
  5. Use herbs, spices and low-salt flavor enhancers in place of salt

Click here to read the last 5 tips.

 

Featured Item of the Month: "Love Your Kidneys" Hat, Just in time for Father's Day

He wears it while cutting the grass to shield his eyes and at the beach to prevent sun burn on his bald spot. He wears it to the ballpark to show his pride for the hometown baseball team. This Father's Day, replace Dad's old hat with one that shows his support for the kidney cause and urges friends, neighbors, family and colleagues to learn more.

The khaki cap is adorned with the "Love Your Kidneys" slogan on the front and the National Kidney Foundation's logo on the back. At $10 each, this adjustable cap is affordable for all. Click here to purchase the hat and browse the entire selection of items at our online store.

 

A Sweet Aroma Fills the Kidney Kitchen

This month's recipe from the Kidney Kitchen will satisfy your morning hunger and send a sweet smell permeating throughout the house- all in a kidney-friendly manner, of course! These breakfast sticky buns act as a good replacement to the often high-calorie, high-fat morning donut or strudel.