| | Re: Kidney Function 18%
Hi, I am very sorry to hear about your Great Grandmother.
I am going through the same situation right now, so hopefully I will be able to answer a lot of your questions. In March of 2004, when I was only 14 I was diagnosed with kidney disease from a doctor's mistake. My kidneys were only working at 15%, my creatinin was 7 and my hemoglobin was only 7.5.
My nephrologist immediately put me on loads of medication, which I'm sure your great grandmother is on also. They are phoslo, sodium bicarbonate, calcitrol, blood pressure medication, iron, and procrit shots. I need to take all the medicine (about 8 pills) twice a day and now I get the procrit shots for more blood every three weeks (it started out with every other day).
Tell your great grandmother she HAS to remember to take her medication. It really helped me. My creatinin is now a 4. The disease is not reversible and I will need a transplant, but I am doing better.
I can tell you that she will be weak, tired, really nauseas and dizzy a lot, and some of the medication may cause her to throw up. Also, since her immune system is so low, she will be sick a lot.
Tylenol is the only medication to use, but ask your doctor. This is what mine said. I actually found tylenol cough and cold medicine that works better than any medication I have ever taken when I was sick.
I don't know much about your great grandmother, but if she can walk around, she should. Recently I have been walking around a track near my house and I found that when I am finished I feel great. And since I started walking my kidney function has gone up a little bit. I don't think your great grandmother's days are numbered there are many things she can do to stay around for awhile. I have been living with this for almost two years now.
Well, if you have any more qustions or want to know anything else, I'll be MORE than happy to help. Good luck with everything.