I would not change anything. Got more information than expected. I am amazed at the inter-relationship of everything to maintain good health.
Dr. Wong is caring, funny and yet doesn't flinch at the hard parts - nothing! This class helped me understand my lab tests. There is more hope in my understanding. I feel armed to face the future. It motivated me to exercise more. Made me more aware of food labels.
Wow, this is so good now. I just wish I knew about this class when we first got the diagnosis - i think It would have lowered my anxiety.
My only comment is to continue to teach the classes the way you do now - explaining everything in layman's terms that everyone can understand. Oftentimes when your doctor explains things, it's in a foreign language (medical terminology) and he/she is pressed for time so the patient abstains from asking questions.
Pali Momi 3/2016
Classes gave me info on making smart food choices, exercising more plus how and what to talk about with my physicians.
The Aloha Kidney classes are a beautiful gift to the community. Those who attend the classes are given the information to improve their own lives, the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives.
All 6 days were very informative. I wouldn't change anything that's been taught. Lots of information. I need to let it sink in, review the handouts to slowly remember some things. Dr. Ramona Wong is doing a great job along with her team!
Ke Ola Hou o Lana'i
Thank you for hosting the Aloha Kidney classes for Lana'i residents. You provided for all of us so well at each session. I learned so much about all the aspects of CKD that will surely help me to help my sister cope and deal with her CKD and live a longer more enjoyable life. The knowledge and information learned from Dr. Wong is priceless
No cost classes taught by a retired kidney specialist.
Your understanding is our goal.
Best class I've ever taken. Information is invalueable, handouts were excellent, slides were clear, excellent presentations. Before class I had a negative bias about dialysis. The material and content of the class has enabled me to help support my husband in his decision related to kidney failure.
Aloha Kidney helped me understand my situation and what my doctors and dietitian have been doing. I should have attended these classes earlier. I have stage IV CKD and GFR of 20. Patients need to be aware or told to come to this class at an earlier stage. Overall, I think this class was excellent and I would recommend to all..
What surprised me is that you made it so interesting and rewarding for all of us present.
The classes exceeded my expectations. The class is long but it is a balance between more time or less depth. It reinforced the class on diabetes so now I can see the relationship between diabetes and kidneys.
Helping in wonderful ways, in alphabetic order:
Castle Wellness Center
Hawaii Pacific Health
Ke Ola Hou Native Hawaiian Health Center
Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Center
Organ Transplant Maui
Pali Momi Medical Center
Partners for Quality Health
Queen's Clinically Integrated Physician's Network
Queen's Medical Centers
University of Hawaii TASI program
Wilcox Medical Center
We learned a lot about how to take care of our overall health, not just about our kidneys. Your classes were so informative and your presentations were just great! The 2-2.5 hour sessions just flew by.
Everything about Aloha Kidney was great. The handouts, having Dr. Wong giving the presentations, but what made it even more special was her compassion and wealth of experiences in her field as a kidney specialist. Plus she's local which really touched my heart and sparked my determination. I now know the importance of making changes and how the foods we eat can make all the difference.
Most people never think about their kidneys until there is a problem. Most people don't know what their kidneys do, what happens if they fail, or how they affect the health of their heart, brain, circulation and immune systems.
So when your doctor says you are at risk for, or have chronic kidney disease (CKD), you may not know what that means or what to do to live best with CKD.
Understanding CKD will allow you to work better with your doctor, family and friends in order to reach your goals.
Your understanding is our goal.
We do not provide nephrology care or medical management.
It was a very informative and realistic presentation. Allowed me to see the choices to consider in my future health decisions. Again, good to see some of the difficult but realistic decisions we might have to consider.
I did not know what to expect when I enrolled for the classes. It was just to gain some knowledge about CKD. I was very impressed with the material and the technique in presenting the information from the very first class. It far exceeded any expectation that I would have imagined. The classes showed me how my eating habits and life style contributed to my disease. I also learned that my lack of understanding of my blood and urine tests contributed to my failure to choose a more appropriate diet for myself. I now know that my desire to feed my appetite by taste, rather than by the content of foods were the wrong choices for me. I am now aware that I am the only one that can refrain from foods that tend to hurt me and to take better care of myself by being more active and less sedentary. I am now taking more responsibility for ensuring that my diet and exercise regimen is geared towards protecting my remaining kidney function for as long as possible rather than continue my past practices which caused my kidneys to prematurely lose so much of its life sustaining filtering functions. I also feel assured that I can still enjoy life even when the disease cramps and/or limits my choices of dining, entertainment, and activities. Thank you so much, Dr. Wong, for such a great program.
Going home after our first class we both agreed that everything was so new and informative and we were looking forward to the next classes. I became more aware of what I should eat and all the bad junk food I was eating. These classes should be exposed to more people - even those who do not have kidney disease.
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or
- Excess urine protein, or
- Want to prevent CKD, or
- At risk for CKD due to obesity, diabetes, high BP, prior heart attack, stroke, PAD, prior acute kidney injury, stones, family with CKD, etc
All Aloha Kidney classes are taught by a kidney specialist (nephrologist). CKD navigators are MDs or RNs, each with more than 20 years experience in caring for those with kidney disease.