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Old 07-18-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Hello there my name is hugo I'm 26. I'm a diabetic with partial blindness high blood pressure. I was just hospitalized because I had internal bleeding and. Dehydration. While I was there they told me I only had about 18% of kidney function left. What can I do? I don't drink or do drugs and yet I'm going through this I feel down and deptrssed and I really don't want to go into dialysis. Please help!!!!

 
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Re: 18% kidney function left what to do??

Unfortunately, diabetes can cause kidney damage. I know, you've got enough on your plate already, you didn't need this, too, but unfortunately, diseases don't ask permission.

For now, you need to focus on stopping the damage. Stay hydrated, don't eat too much protein at one time, minimize sodium and potassium in the diet. Work on your blood pressure, and most importantly, keep your blood sugar controlled as closely as possible.

You should probably see a dietician to design the best possible meal plan for you. Generally people don't need dialysis until kidney function drops to 10%, and the more careful you are, the longer you can postpone it. A transplant may be an option later on, start investigating now.

Did the hospital give you the names of doctors to follow up with?

 
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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Re: 18% kidney function left what to do??

Jane gave you excellent advice. Make sure you see a renal (kidney) dietitian. The diet is different from what you have been used to with diabetes, but it is more important to follow it than the diabetic program.

Investigate transplant too. I know it's scary, but at some point, given your kidney function, you will probably need dialysis. Investigate the different modalities so you are not caught by surprise. I would have always preferred peritoneal, but was not able to do it.

I'll tell you something I often tell folks as a peer support counsellor for my local kidney foundation. Nothing is ever as bad as you currently imagine it's going to be. Dialysis is not a barrel of laughs, but it is doable. Feel free to ask lots of questions here.

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