The Braille Monitor                                                                                                 April 2005

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Dialysis at National Convention

by Ed Bryant

During this year's annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind from Saturday, July 2, through Friday, July 8, dialysis will be available. Individuals requiring dialysis must have a transient patient packet and physician's statement filled out prior to treatment. Conventioneers must have their unit social worker contact the desired location in the Louisville area for instructions, well in advance. The convention will take place at the Galt House, 140 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

 Individuals will be responsible for, and must pay out of pocket prior to each treatment, the approximately $30 not covered by Medicare, plus any additional physician's fees and any charges for other medications.

Dialysis centers should set up transient dialysis locations at least six to eight weeks in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. Places fill up quickly. There are many centers in the Louisville area, but that area is quite large, and early reservation is strongly recommended to guarantee a place and spare you a long taxi or bus ride. Here are some dialysis locations:

Please remember to schedule dialysis treatments early to ensure space. See you in Louisville.

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