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Fall Session of LKKM Exercise Program Open for Registration

The fall session of Lean Keen Kidney Machines is starting mid-September. Registration starts now! LKKM helps people living with all stages of kidney disease incorporate more physical activity into their lives which can have positive impacts on their health.

Brandon Regional Health Centre’s Dialysis Unit Now Operating Seven Days a Week

In response to increased need for hemodialysis spots in Manitoba, the Brandon Regional Health Center (BRHC) renal unit became the first unit in Manitoba to move to Sunday dialysis. This is being accomplished without any additional equipment or beds. The addition of Sunday shifts allows the BRHC 18 bed renal unit to increase a total of one patient per machine.  This means Brandon is accommodating an additional 18 patients.  Currently 114 patients are receiving dialysis per week.

The transition required some realigning of patient schedules as well as unit staff.  Although not an easy process the dedication to meet this demand was a team effort.  The seven days a week schedule begin in May. “Thank you to the patients and staff for working together to facilitate this innovative and fiscally responsible way to continue to provide quality care to all those who need it,” Kim Wallis, Manager for Ambulatory Care at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Brandon is the only unit operating seven days a week. Other units in Manitoba operate six days a week with two to three daily shifts of dialysis treatments.

Renal Patient Feedback Group 2018 Meetings

Renal Patient meetings are being held at Health Sciences Centre, Seven Oaks General Hospital, St. Boniface Hospital and via teleconference for all other dialysis units.

Cy Bona – 92 Year Old Dialysis Patient Serenades in Unit Waiting Rooms

Music has always been part of 92-year-old Cyril Bona’s life. From the time he was a teenager, he loved to play and sing. But it took a bit of courage for him to get used to playing for others.

“At first I was very shy about going on stage and playing and singing,” he remembers. “I found that it brings so much joy to people, so I kept going at it.”

Cyril, who goes by Cy, sings and plays pretty much every day. From karaoke nights or church, to playing at his local army and navy legion, the senior’s calendar is packed full of singing gigs.

Since he started dialysis treatments at Health Sciences Centre in January 2018, he even started bringing his guitar to play and sing in the dialysis unit waiting rooms.

He says dialysis has made him feel better and given him the energy to keep up his singing schedule.

“Anybody who is afraid of dialysis, they don’t need to be afraid of it. It will save your life and make you feel better. It’s worth it.” He also credits his doctors and nurses for helping with the transition.

“The nurses and doctors are so great. It’s taken all the stress away.”

Valerie Williams is a friend of Cy’s who sings and plays with him in the dialysis unit waiting rooms. She was initially worried about Cy having to on dialysis.

“I was concerned for you when dialysis was going to start in January,” she says, sitting beside Cy. “It hasn’t slowed you down. If anything I think you’ve sped up.”

Valarie and Cy met at an open mic night and right away Valarie hoped they would get to sing together.

“Do you remember what you said to me?” She asks Cy. “You said, I generally don’t sing with anyone.” The pair laughs as they recall the moment.

Valarie and Cy have been making YouTube videos of their singing and playing with some hopes to get the attention of Ellen DeGeneres. Cy admits he never p

planned on being a YouTube star, but if it involves singing and playing than he is up for it.

Apart from singing, he also volunteers on top of his dialysis schedule which is five hours in hospital, three times a week.

Cy is a second world war veteran who joined the army at age 18 and spent time in the air force. He was born in Halifax but has been a long-time Winnipeg resident.

At the age of 92, Cy continues to make the most of each day with no plans of slowing down.

“I’m 92 years of age, but I feel like I’m only 91,” he jokes. He says that his lifetime of experience has led him to looking for the positives in every day.

“I’ve been all through a shooting war and about five car write offs and I say to people – look, you’re lucky to be alive. What more could you want in life than that.”

Click here for more YouTube videos of Cy and Valarie!

 

Summer Session of LKKM Exercise Program Open for Registration

The summer session of Lean Keen Kidney Machines is starting in July. Registration starts now! LKKM helps people living with all stages of kidney disease incorporate more physical activity into their lives which can have positive impacts on their health.