reply to post by Jordan River
My experience, and stories from other kidney failure patients is there's not much that can be done. The specialists know what they are doing. Your
friend mostly likely will spend lots of money for healthcare and medicines as he heads to the inevitable, complete kidney failure. If he has health
insurance, that should help financially. Finally, though, once his kidneys are so bad, that is, at about a 10 percent working rate, he will be advised
to prepare for dialysis. Some people live for years doing dialysis. Some others don't fare so well. It's just the way it is. If your friend lives in
the U.S. and has worked enough quarters, Medicare and social security will take over. Medicare will pay for much of the cost of dialysis. Also, while
waiting the 6 months for social security and medicare to kick in, once he is on dialysis, these dialysis clinics will probably offer free care for
that 6 months. The one I went to did. After the 6 months, the pitiful social security checks will arrive once a month.
A friend or family member who is compatible with your friend can donate a kidney for transplant. My sister did that for me, bless her!!
It's not easy, and it can lead to financial ruin, but as the doctors told me, hey, what's a little financial ruin if you are still alive.
There are two types of dialysis that I was offered. One was hemodialysis. I turned that down. it meant feeling rather crappy most of the time, and
spending three days a week, for 4 or 5 hours hooked up to a dialysis machine, while my blood would be drawn out of me through my arm, run through the
machine to cleanse it and draw out the extra fluids and returned through the same arm.
I chose another method. It's called peritoneal dialysis. I had tubes inserted into my abdomen. 4 times a day I would spend about 30 minutes in a
sterile as possible environment draining the fluids that were kept in my abdomen, then refilling with fresh, clean fluids. It was mostly salt water as
I recall. This method allowed me to do whatever I wanted to do without having to worry about keeping the appointments at the dialysis clinic, or
spending the time guessing what my time schedule would be, and arranging for dialysis at ot her clinics if I went on a trip.
Cool thing was, I could take trips and bring my supplies along with me. There were a few times while driving I would just pull over to the side of the
road, set my empty bag on the floor of the car, connect the tube to my abdomen and then continue to drive while I drained. Then after the bag was
filled, I pulled over again, removed the full bag, hung the fresh bag from my rear view mirror, connected it and then continued my drive. About half
an hour later, pulled over, again, and disconnected the bag and enjoyed the next 6 or so hours of my trip without worrying about anything at all.
I had no health insurance so I relied upon Medicare for the medical support. I am a disabled vet and my kidney failure was caused by my service. But,
the method I chose wasn't supported at my regional VA hospital. However, had I chosen hemodialysis, I could have had that performed at that hospital
for no charge. The kidney translplant I finally received was no cost, either, since I had it performed at the VA hospital.
I've read articles about a Korean doctor who claims he can cure kidney disease just using asparagus juice. I think this is bunk. Asparagus is one of
the food items not recommended for me, now that I have a transplanted kidney. So I don't know why asparagus would be good for failing kidneys. Just
Good luck to your friend. Tell him, though, this isn't the end of the world for him. He can be fine, if he wants to and follows his doctors'
instructions and takes the meds he will need. And follows whatever diet he is given. Too much/too little sodium, potassium and phosphorus can play
hell on weak and failing kidneys. He's at 25 %. He could have a long time left before he needs to go on dialysis, if he pays attention. I have my one
kidney, and it's at 25 percent and I am living just fine, but need to follow a rather strict diet and take the meds as prescribed.
My apologies, your friend is she not he. Also kidney stones are not an indicator of kidney failure. I have never had kidney stones. Just saying....for
those who might give you advice about kidney stones. And also, failing kidneys cannot be healed, in my nonmedical opinion, by drinking lots of fluids.
That will just back up in the body and cause unneeded swellings and other problems and overwork already failing kidneys.
edit on 24-8-2011 by
kyred because: Cuz I can.