March 2020 PKD e-News
Welcome to the PKD Foundation of Canada's February e-News! We have provided information important to helping you take action in your journey with PKD.
*POSTPONED*-Hamilton and Niagara Chapter Meeting: Transplantation and Organ Donation
Attention friends in the Hamilton and Niagara area!
As always the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers and guest speakers remain at the forefront of our mind and we look forward to resuming our education meetings when the time is appropriate.
Watch for updates on endPKD.ca and our social media channels in the coming weeks.
Be Prepared: Kidney Patient Prep for Coronavirus
- Stay home if you feel sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills.
- Avoid others who are sick. Limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If you don’t have soap and water, use hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Clean very often the things that get touched a lot, like door handles.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Practice social distancing by staying away from places with a lot of people (like restaurants or mass gatherings) and maintain a distance of about 6 feet from others when in public if possible. Avoid hugs and handshakes.
- Wear a facemask if your healthcare team or someone from the public health office says you should.
For more information related to the coronavirus and dialysis, transplantation and home preparedness, visit our website here.
For general updates about the coronavirus outbreak, and travel advice, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's website here.
Social Distancing: What You Need to Know
- avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
- greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug
- stay home as much as possible, including for meals and entertainment
- shop or take public transportation during off-peak hours
- conduct virtual meetings
- host virtual playdates for your kids
- use technology to keep in touch with friends and family
- use food delivery services or online shopping
exercise at home or outside
Learn more about social distancing and download your #IStayHomeFor shareable page HERE.
PKD Health Note: Kidney Disease & Women
"While kidney disease can affect people of all ages and races, women tend to face more specific challenges linked to kidney disease. The risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is at least as high in women as in men and may even be higher. CKD affects approximately 195 million women worldwide and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, causing 600,000 deaths each year . CKD poses risk of morbidity and in many cases progreses towards the renal failure, requiring renal replacement therapy – dialysis and/or kidney transplantation."
WEBINAR- Best Practices When Working From Home
Webinar: Best practices for working from home:
In response to COVID-19 and social distancing, many individuals across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network have transitioned to working from home. While there are definite advantages to remote work, there are also challenges to navigate.
Join us for a special webinar Friday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT to learn some coping strategies and best practices that will help smooth the transition for yourself and your team members.
Click here to learn more!
March is National Kidney Month!
Thank you for participating in the 31 Days of PKD Challenges!
In honor of March’s National Kidney Month, we once again took on daily challenges to raise awareness of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). We appreciate and want to thank everyone who helped raise awareness in the 31 Days of PKD Challenges!
You can check out our past 31 Days of PKD Challenges on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you to all who participated! #PKDChallenge, #KidneyMonth, and #endPKD.
"Favourite School Bus Driver Gets Kidney Donation From Former Passenger"
The woman donating her kidney to him is Natalie Woods, also from Miramichi, a former passenger on his bus. Woods says Jepson was her favourite school bus driver.
"He was the nicest one there and I remember him because one day he came to pick us up and he was wearing a big clown wig and I never forgot it," said Woods.
The two, along with Jepson's wife, Adeline will travel to Halifax on Tuesday and have the transplant surgery Thursday."
You can read the full article here.
Willie & Nettie Van Dyk, Beamsville ON
Nettie Van Dyk
You can read their full stories here.
Help People SEE ADPKD: Share Your Story Today!
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is one of the world's most common, life-threatening genetic diseases. Your stories can help people paint a more powerful picture of PKD and the lives it affects.
Help give a voice to a widely unknown disease by sharing your story here.
You can read some of our Voices of PKD here!
April is BeADonor Month!
To learn more about BeADonor month, look out for PKD's upcoming social posts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the Trillium Gift of Life Network website, here.
If you live in Ontario, you can learn more or register to become a donor here.
If you live outside of Ontario, you can learn more and register to become a donor here.
National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week is April 19th-25th!
Canadians have a valuable role to play. Canadians are encouraged to join forces with health-care providers, governments and Canadian Blood Services to help us create a day when no one in Canada dies waiting for a transplant."
If you live in Ontario, to learn more or register to become a donor click here.
If you live outside of Ontario, you can learn more or register to become a donor here.