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After the dialysis, let the laughter begin - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette PDF Print

The alarm will go off, and Earnest Smith will be off to the doctor’s office. 

Five hours of dialysis. Five hours of having two needles stuck into his arm – one to take the blood out, the other to put it back after a machine removes excess waste, salt and extra water.

Five hours in a chair. Five hours of this, three days a week. 

And this morning, after Smith’s doctor’s appointment, he’ll hop back into his car and drive the highways four or five hours from his home on the Kentucky border near Louisville to Fort Wayne, where he’ll ultimately end up at Embassy Theatre.

That’s where the United Dialysis Foundation is putting on a comedy show especially for those who are going through what Smith is going through – living with kidney failure always looming – day in and day out. 

Only for Smith, the Laugh Out Your Pain Comedy Tour tonight takes on a little extra special meaning in that Austin Rich, an up-and-coming comic Smith manages, will be taking the stage with Michael Blackson, Red Grant and Luenell. 

“It’s like going to the big game, it’s like the Super Bowl,” Smith said.

The road back to managing has been a long one for Smith, as all roads in his life have been as of late, and it all began with a decision he made in nearly the blink of an eye when he was about 18 or 19 years old in 1991. 

He was living in Maryland at the time and made a trek back to his hometown of Marion to see his family. When he got there, though, the house was empty.  

“Everybody was gone, and I found out they were all up in Michigan, taking a test to see if they could give my uncle a kidney,” Smith said.

Smith’s uncle, his mother’s youngest brother, was in need of a kidney. Smith drove up to Michigan and decided to go ahead and take the test to see whether he was a match for his uncle. He did so without giving it a second thought.

“I was the only one in my family who qualified,” he said. 

It didn’t take much for him to give his kidney over to his uncle. While he sat in a hospital room, his uncle came in and told him: “Man, I really need this. I’m not ready to die.”

“That conversation, and the fact my mom wasn’t doing it was enough for me,” Smith said. 

He would never change what he did for his uncle. The kidney donation did come with unforeseen consequences. 

Smith said he had never gotten sick in his life, and all of a sudden found himself getting sick regularly. He was on a path where he managed comics and musical acts and was starting a record label. As a result, he kept what he calls “club hours,” which meant late nights and energy drinks. 

“I was doing all kinds of stuff that’s probably not good for someone with one kidney,” Smith says. 

He became a diabetic, and things came to a head after a motorcycle crash in 2010 that landed him in the hospital.

A doctor came into his room in tears, reading blood results to him where his kidney’s functioning had dropped from 60 percent to 20 percent in four months. 

“She told me, ‘It’s pretty much over,’” Smith recalls. 

Today, he calls himself blessed. 

He didn’t die. And though his kidney has continued to degrade – he says it functions at 2 percent now – he is living, even when living is tough.

“Mentally it affects you,” he said. “You wake up some days and you don’t want to get stuck no more. You think, ‘I can’t take it.’” 

But Smith does take it, for the moments with his fiancée, his kids and for seeing the acts he’s again helping on a career trajectory in the entertainment business. And without regrets – even the decision he made in a hospital room nearly 25 years ago. 

“No,” he says when asked whether he’d change it. “No. No. Nope.”

“Not at all.” 

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Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI) Price Target Update - News Watch International PDF Print

Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI): 5 analysts have set the short term price target of Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI) at $16.6. The standard deviation of short term price target has been estimated at $7.99, implying that the actual price may fluctuate by this value. The higher and the lower price estimates are $ 26 and $4 respectively.

Many analysts have commented on the company rating. In a research note released to the investors, Bank of America reinstates its rating on Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI).The analysts at the brokerage house have a current rating of Neutral on the shares. The rating by the firm was issued on July 8, 2015. Research firm Zacks has rated Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI) and has ranked it at 3, indicating that for the short term the shares are a hold. 5 Wall Street analysts have given the company an average rating of 2.2. The shares have received a hold rating based on the suggestion from 1 analysts in latest recommendations. 1 brokerage houses have given a strong sell on the shares. Strong buy was given by 3 Wall Street Analysts. Currently the company Insiders own 5.5% of Rockwell Medical, Inc. Company shares. In the past six months, there is a change of 0% in the total insider ownership. Institutional Investors own 34.4% of Company shares. During last 3 month period, 25.61% of total institutional ownership has changed in the company shares. Shares of Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI) ended Thursday session in red amid volatile trading. The shares closed down 2.2 points or 16.01% at $11.54 with 3,160,052 shares getting traded. Post opening the session at $12.23, the shares hit an intraday low of $11.25 and an intraday high of $12.67 and the price vacillated in this range throughout the day. The company has a market cap of $580 million and the number of outstanding shares have been calculated to be 50,223,000 shares. The 52-week high of Rockwell Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:RMTI) is $18.8999 and the 52-week low is $8.095. Rockwell Medical, Inc. has lost 19.02% in the last five trading days and dropped 36.94% in the last 4 weeks. Rockwell Medical, Inc. is up 12.26% in the last 3-month period. Year-to-Date the stock performance stands at 12.26%. Rockwell Medical, Inc., formerly Rockwell Medical Technologies, Inc., manufactures hemodialysis concentrate solutions and dialysis kits, and it sells, distributes and delivers these and other ancillary hemodialysis products primarily to hemodialysis providers in the United States, as well as internationally primarily in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Hemodialysis duplicates kidney function in patients with failing kidneys also known as End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is an advanced-stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) characterized by the irreversible loss of kidney function. Its dialysis solutions (also known as dialysate) are used to maintain life, removing toxins and replacing nutrients in the dialysis patients bloodstream. As of December 31, 2011, it was licensed and was developing renal drug therapies. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it acquired an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for a generic version of an intravenous Vitamin-D analogue, calcitriol. NO COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply

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Peak in dialysis patients at Taranaki Base Hospital could become the norm - Stuff.co.nz PDF Print

Peak in dialysis patients at Taranaki Base Hospital could become the norm - Stuff.co.nz The view from New Plymouth man Chris Wilkes' dialysis unit at the Taranaki Base Hospital. Wilkes had been moved to the spare unit in a backroom, following a recent spike in acute dialysis patients. A peak in patients needing dialysis at Taranaki Base Hospital has seen the use of a backroom spare unit. In recent weeks the hospital's dialysis unit has experienced a glut of patients in need of the treatment, Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) chief operations officer Gill Campbell said. Dialysis is an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with kidney failure.While there is a steady group of patients who receive dialysis at the hospital two to three times a week, there had been a "little spike" in acute patients needing treatment, Campbell said. "The hospital does have a spare machine... [but use of it] doesn't happen very often." Health services require constant juggling to adjust to increasing and decreasing patient numbers, but Campbell said they had not identified a need to increase their current unit facilities. However, New Plymouth man Chris Wilkes has been left feeling the pinch of the recent peak, spending two sessions using the hospital's spare dialysis unit, located in what he called a storage area.Wilkes said he had been left "disheartened and frustrated" by the situation but noted he had no concerns around his clinical care, other than the general hygiene of the area where his machine was set up. Wilkes had been waiting for three months to have an in-home dialysis unit installed, and believed the economics of it all was the reason for the delay. "Economics have definitely been mentioned by people who have been talking to me. They've got a contract for the machines and any extra is going to cost them," he said.  Campbell confirmed the spare unit was separate from their other units, but in an open back area, not a storage space. The unit was "very rarely used" and the storage area was adjacent to where it was set up, she said.Wilkes was the most adequate patient to be put in that area, due to the fact he had previously had an in-home dialysis unit and was trained in how to monitor his treatment, Campbell said. As for money issues, it was cheaper to provide in-home dialysis. After the initial cost of up to $10,000 to set up a patient's home for the dialysis unit, operation costs per year reach up to $55,000. For in-centre dialysis three times a week, it costs $80,000 year per patient, according information provided by the TDHB. The issue of getting an in-home unit for Wilkes was about finding a suitable unit somewhere in the country and carrying out the checks and balances, Campbell said. A machine in New Zealand had been earmarked for Wilkes. Staff had spoken with the unit supplier on Friday, but had not been given a timeframe of when it would be ready. "I understand Chris' frustration," she said. "It's a very unusual situation - we have a number of contracted machines and this is the first time we have gone beyond those contract means in my five or six years [overseeing the unit]."Campbell said while the number of patients receiving dialysis in Taranaki had not increased on last year, projections were they would. The TDHB renal team worked in with primary care to emphasis the importance of early management of renal issues, but the hospital would assess the need to increase shifts at the renal unit or expand as the patient need increased. However, the current peak was not enough to warrant adding extra shifts or units, Campbell said.   - Stuff Next News story:

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Hollister man spreads word on home dialysis - Hollister Free Lance PDF Print
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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2015 3:13 pm

Gilroy will be the last stop on a tour designed to help people fighting chronic kidney disease.

With the support of sponsors, Elias Arciniega, 39, of Hollister, has spent the past week spreading the word about what has helped him live a normal life despite his illness—home dialysis.

An estimator and project manager for a Morgan Hill construction company, Arciniega has suffered from chronic kidney disease and required dialysis for almost half his life.

However, he has never missed any of his five children’s field trips and works full-time. His full and meaningful life, he says, is due to his ability to administer dialysis at home. Six days a week he finds 2 to 3 hours in his schedule to clean his blood, according to a press release sent out in advance of his four-city “Freedom Tour.”

Currently, fewer than 10 percent of U.S. dialysis patients opt for self-administered home dialysis, but it’s gaining popularity as more people become aware of its advantages, according to Arciniega’s press release.

His stops, including Gilroy on Friday, will be at Satellite WellBound sites, the company that oversees his treatment.

Satellite, along with home dialysis equipment manufacturer NxStage have arranged for Arciniega and his family to spend a week in a Santa Cruz beach hotel while he travels to a nearby cities to demonstrate his treatment and educate people about the benefits of home dialysis.

Arciniega and his tour will be at Satellite Healthcare Gilroy, 7800 Arroyo Circle, Ste. B, on Friday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

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Dialysis Clinic Inc. to open in Port Royal - Hilton Head Island Packet PDF Print

Dialysis Clinic Inc. to open in Port Royal
Hilton Head Island Packet
Dialysis Clinic Inc., which provides care for patients with end-stage renal diseases, will open in November or December, according to W.R. Newman & Associates project coordinator Kevin Curran. The 10,800-square-foot building is at 9 Presnell Circle.

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