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Signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) As your kidney function decreases, you may experience some of the following symptoms:  Feeling very tired  Nausea and vomiting   Swelling in hands, feet, ankles, or face  Weight loss or gain  Hard time sleeping  Itchy skin  Hard to breath/shortness of breath   Changes in how much you urinate or having foam in your urine  Hard to focus or concentrate  Muscle twitches and cramps  Bad taste in your mouth  High blood pressure that is hard to control   Not everyone will have symptoms. Some people may only feel some of them or no symptoms. Some patients put off coming to education

Greenfield Health Systems actively participates in an Emergency Preparedness Program specific to the needs of our dialysis patient community. In the event of an emergency that may impact our dialysis treatment delivery, we have available to our patients an Emergency Hotline 1.888.777.4403 Please visit these links for additional information Midwest Kidney Network Kidney Community Emergency Response Please see our helpful list of downloadable materials below to learn more about each related topic. Emergency Preparedness Guide Patient Disaster Preparedness

Too often we don’t fully think of how we want our future to play out. We make plans for our career, our retirement but not the end of our lives. Education and discussion regarding end of life choices and options, Advance Directives, can help with this. At the initiation of treatment, your social worker will provide you with educational tools and encourage discussion with your loved ones to ensure your wishes are honored when its counts most.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup Ingredients: 2/3 cup long grain and wild rice blend, uncooked 1 tablespoon onion, minced 1 tablespoon fresh parsley 1 cup carrots 1 pound chicken breast, cooked 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup all-purpose white flour 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon slivered almonds (optional) Directions: Combine rice with 2 cups broth 1/2 cup water. Cook in a rice cooker or on the stove top. 2. Mince onion and parsley. Grate carrots. Chop chicken. 3. Melt butter in a saucepan; add onion and sauté until tender. 4. Blend in flour; gradually add chicken broth. 5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (www.nkmf.org) The NKFM offers support and information for people with kidney disease. The NKFM is the largest affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in the US. National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org) The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has helpful information on their website about kidney disease and its treatments. American Association of Kidney Patients (www.aakp.org) The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is a patient-led non-profit organization that strives to support people with kidney disease through education and advocacy. Renal Support Network (www.rsnhope.org) This organization’s has information about their programs, including the Kidney Talk podcast and magazine. National Institute of Health, Institute for Diabetes,

Sexual Health and Intimacy with Kidney Disease Sex and intimacy can directly impact quality of life. Changes to sexual health happen to many people in different ways. These changes are especially common among those living with kidney disease. When a person has kidney disease, their sexual health is impacted by their physical health and psychological wellbeing. Common physical symptoms associated with kidney disease can affect sexual health, such as hormonal changes, fatigue, and uremia (waste in your blood). Life on dialysis can also bring about emotional changes which impact sexual health and intimacy, such as depression and changes in