This may be quite handy for most of us who want to or need to manage our fluid intake…
Empowered DPC Member Invents Fluid Monitoring Device
Eric Dixon went back on hemodialysis after eight years with a kidney transplant. This time, he decided to stick to the fluid restrictions – even if he had to design a new device to do it.
Returning to hemodialysis after eight years with a transplant turned out for me to be a catalyst for innovation. I love water, juices, Kool-aid and especially Hawaiian Punch, and had built up a healthy habit of drinking lots of fluids after my kidney transplant. After returning to dialysis I went to work on solving the problem of tracking fluids to help myself and other dialysis patients.
I have been amazed by the lack of tools for dialysis patients to manage fluids. I searched the Internet, asked my care team, and came up with advice like limiting salt, using lemon wedges and ice chips, and drinking from a delineated pitcher. None of this is very useful, especially when trying to manage fluids while away from the home or the clinic.
My problem was that I could not track my fluids over time. I would go out, grab a bottle of water, then go to a restaurant and drink a bit there, then go somewhere else and drink a bit. After a day I had forgotten what I had drunk. Writing things down started off ok, but then I just forgot. It was just too much to remember…READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.dialysispatients.org/patientconnections.cfm or visit the product page directly at http://www.digistraw.com/