B Positive: Kidney Disease Goes Primetime

Be on the lookout for B Positive, a new sitcom appearing on CBS. You can catch it on Thursday nights at 8:30. This show centers on a newly divorced man who is suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with kidney disease. He then gets an offer of a kidney donation from an unlikely source after reconnecting with an old friend.


This series is unique in that the plot focuses largely around a man’s journey with chronic kidney disease, something not well represented today in pop culture. I hope it helps shine a light on a disease that silently affects millions of people.

I just finished watching the pilot episode. Since I don’t watch a ton of sitcoms these days it’s hard for me to really give it a good assessment. That being said, as a pure comedy, it’s not exactly Seinfeld, but I do think the characters will grow on us over time. I’m already finding myself instinctively nitpicking how some of the diagnosis and treatment aspects are depicted, but I’m also realistic enough to know that a 30 minute sitcom will need to take some liberties at times with some of he technical aspects of CKD treatment. With that understanding, what I’ve seen so far is actually quite well done.

I encourage people to check it out and spread the word. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

New Potential Treatment For IgA Nephropathy

In my previous article What I Did On My Summer Vacation I highlighted some of my experiences so far with my involvement in a clinical trial to treat IgA Nephropathy. Clinical trials will be a theme I come back to often going forward as I can’t stress enough the importance of volunteering for them if you are able. It’s the only way to get the necessary treatments into the marketplace.

I saw the following link posted on social media and thought I’d share it here. If the reports are legit, this is another drug that has serious potential to reduce proteinuria. As of this writing it is currently in phase 2. There is real momentum out there that as patients we need to stay on top of!

Covid-19 and Kidney Disease

If you are following the developments of the Covid-19 virus as most people are at this point,  you know that a lot of information is flying towards us at a pretty fast pace right now. Things are a little confusing and very much out of the ordinary. If you are a kidney disease patient with autoimmune concerns, this is especially true.

Below is a short video that was posted on Youtube by Nephcure Kidney International with some general advice for kidney patients (a lot of this applies to everyone really) on how to avoid the virus as much as possible and what to do if you feel you may be getting sick.

It’s a short video and worth checking out.

Nephcure Nephrotic Syndrome 101 Webinar

If you are like a lot of people there’s a chance you’ve never heard of Nephrotic Syndrome. It’s also possible you are now reading this because you’ve only recently been diagnosed or have a loved one who been diagnosed with this condition. I know I’m still trying to sort out not just the different diseases that result in NS, but why they are such a common cause of kidney failure. There’s a lot to learn here.

This video, a webinar from 2017 hosted by Nephcure Kidney International is a great introduction to NS by Dr. Mindy Banks. It runs for just under an hour and I recommend carving out some time watch her presentation as she does a good job of covering a lot of ground not just for relative newcomers like myself, but she also answers some questions for patients and parents who have already been struggling with this condition.

 

Are you new to Nephrotic Syndrome? How has it impacted your life?

Book Review: Who Lives, Who Dies With Kidney Disease

Who Lives, Who Dies with Kidney Disease by [Akmal, Mohammad, Raghavan, Vasundhara]

So a couple months after my diagnosis after nearly exhausting my web searches for kidney disease, I finally remembered to branch out and being something of an avid reader decided to track down some Kidney Disease themed books. To my surprise and disappointment, there isn’t a whole lot out there.

One of the books I did find I decided to take a chance on. It’s titled Who Lives and Who Dies With Kidney Disease by Mohammad Akmal and Vasundhara Raghavan.

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Kidney Transplant Animation

This is a great animation I found on Youtube that details how a kidney transplant is performed. While a lot of the jargon is over my head, it’s fascinating how they pull this off and the care involved. I never thought I’d be so fascinated watching veins get sewn together but it really is amazing how they do this.

It’s not a long video, so it’s a good seven minutes well invested.

What is Nephrotic Syndrome

Nephcure Kidney International has some great material on Nephrotic Syndrome and the various diseases that lead to it. Nephrotic Syndrome is a little hard to describe but as NKI has it stated, it is an umbrella term for any number of conditions brought on by glomerular diseases, especially those that lead to protein and blood being leaked into your urine. Focal Segmentation Glomerulosclerosis(FSGS) is one such disease, with another being IgA Nephropathy. There are other diseases that will lead you down the same path, so check out the Nephcure site at https://nephcure.org/livingwithkidneydisease/understanding-glomerular-disease/ to learn more.

This is a great intro video to Nephrotic Syndrome and the real life impact it has on patients and caregivers.