Re: what can I do to improve kidney function?
The amount of iron in your system won't matter if you are missing the hormone to create red blood cells. That is what the procrit is for and it is an excellent drug. Studies have shown that treatment of anemia dramatically improves the status of the patient. Please don't worry about the procrit. It is a good drug and almost nobody has side effects. You will feel so much better within a few weeks of taking it.
It is possible that because of the anemia, you are moving and exercising less and that is why you have gained some weight.
While you are still producing urine, it is a very good idea to keep yourself well hydrated (lots of water and non-caffeinated beverages). This will help take some of the strain off your kidneys. Also, lowering the protein in your diet will help too. Try to get as much exercise as you can because it will improve your general health.
Don't hesitate to post with more questions.
Cora (kidney damage starting in 1979, dialysis in 2001, transplant in 2002)
Dxd T1 1966, 2001 dialysis, 2002 kidney transplant, 2003 insulin pump, 2008 pancreas transplant