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Prof. Sollad

Monday, October 29, 2012 | By arlene | No Comments

He was one of my favorite patients and was not afraid to speak out. He told me one time that it does not matter what your Religion is…but that all of us need to be the Good Samaritan. He truly was a remarkable man.
Robert N. Sollod, Ph.D.
Cleveland State University

Department of Psychology
Cleveland State University
1983 East 24th Street
Cleveland, OH 441115

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Telephone: 216-523-7266

Based on a narrative account, this paper highlights and reviews the experiences of the author, a psychologist, experiencing a chronic illness. Areas covered include coping with doctors and medical personnel, adjusting to illness, complying, actively coping, and even, at times, resisting unwarranted medical procedures. Experiences such as loss of trust, a sense of isolation, re-working relationships, and generative reaching-out are also covered. Some positive consequences of chronic illness for personal growth are suggested. Suggestions for conducting psychotherapy with clients who are dealing with serious chronic illness are made.

I am a psychology professor and a clinical psychologist who has focused on the areas of personality theory, theories of psychotherapy, and the relation of psychology and religion. I worked in a variety of clinical situations including doing individual psychotherapy for many years. After dealing with the vicissitudes of chronic illness in the form of End State Renal Disease (ESRD) for almost a decade, I wrote a narrative of my experiences, mostly in the summers of 2000 and 2001. The narrative continues to be a work-in-progress.

The process of writing was emotionally difficult and, at times, exhausting. I would recall a memory and then focus on the details as they recurred to me. Naturally, emotions would surface as I put these memories on paper. Some of the memories involved strong emotion. I do not believe that I had symptoms associated with these memories. Even though some were upsetting and traumatic, they were not that hard to remember. In some cases, the recollection of a specific memory led to more anger, sadness, outrage and other emotions than I had originally allowed myself to experience. Continue reading “Prof. Sollad” »


Friday, October 12, 2012 | By arlene | No Comments

Davita link for reuse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | By arlene | 1 Comment

Dialyzer Reuse for Dialysis

Patients on hemodialysis are often surprised to learn that the complex dialysis machine next to them on the dialysis floor isn’t the device that’s cleaning their blood of excess wastes and fluid. Instead, a filter, called a dialyzer that is about a foot long, encased in plastic and inserted into a holder on the front or side of the dialysis machine, is actually doing the work of cleaning the blood. The dialysis machine supports the work of the dialyzer with pumps, heaters, safety monitors and alarms.

Dialyzer reuse has been practiced in the United States since the early 1960s. Patients who choose to reuse their dialyzers are given an individual dialyzer that they will continue to use for the number of times specified by their doctor or until it is no longer efficient. Patients do not “share” dialyzers; each patient has his or her own.

What is a dialyzer and how is it reused?

A dialyzer is often referred to as an “artificial kidney.” Its function is to remove the excess wastes and fluid from the blood, when the patient’s kidneys can no longer perform that task. Continue reading “Davita link for reuse” »

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