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Board: Kidney Disorders 04-17-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD OR AKD.. Confused about my moms tests

When to start dialysis can be kind of complex. It is a decision made between the patient (and their family) and the doctor. Here are some of the factors involved:

1. fluid levels - if your Mom's...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-16-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD OR AKD.. Confused about my moms tests

I am not a doctor but it sounds to me as though she has some sort of infection that has damaged her kidneys. Even at a creatinine level or 4.8, many people are already doing dialysis at that point....
Board: Diabetes 04-10-2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By Cora1003
Re: diabetes?

If you have a home meter, the best time for you to test will be 1 hour and 2 hours after you have eaten a carby meal. Fasting numbers are often the last to go, so post prandial (after meals) will...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-04-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By Cora1003
Re: how to lower the creatinine

You cannot lower creatinine the way you could sodium or blood glucose by simply cutting back on things like salt or sugar. Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism. So using your muscles (to...
Board: Diabetes 02-16-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Blood sugar advice

You need to get to an emergency room immediately. With blood sugar that high (around 500 in the numbers used in the US) you are probably either in, or on the verge of ketoacidosis. Untreated, this...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-09-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By Cora1003
Re: EGFR of 73

There's one other thing to keep in mind. If you are very muscular, then the "normal" range of creatinine may not apply to you quite as well as it does with most people. Creatinine is a byproduct of...
Board: Kidney Disorders 02-04-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kinda scared - looking for help

Don't worry so much about individual numbers. Look for long term trends. That said, given that you are a large man, you will probably blow up the "normal" ranges for numbers. So while your creatinine...
Board: Diabetes 01-06-2017, 03:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 688
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Diabetic or not

Sorry, but diabetes does not go away. If you were to go back to eating and drinking the way you did before, then your blood sugars would be elevated again. The occasional treat should do you no harm....
Board: Diabetes 12-08-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 491
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Why is my glucose high if I don't eat?

If you don't eat anything, your body starts searching for energy and your liver provides it by releasing stored glucose. Kind of like the dawn phenomenon, but it can happen any time you skip meals....
Board: Kidney Disorders 11-17-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By Cora1003
Re: On hemodialysis and started peeing blood

Hope it gets taken care of quickly. The last thing you need is to be losing some blood. The good news is that it does not take much blood at all to be very, very visible in your urine. Hopefully this...
Board: Kidney Disorders 11-16-2016, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By Cora1003
Re: On hemodialysis and started peeing blood

You absolutely need to see/talk to the doc. When is your next dialysis? Is there a nurse or NP that can get things going for you? This is not normal. It could be something as simple as an infection,...
Board: Diabetes 11-15-2016, 03:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 930
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Eat carbs then protien?

Like I said before, separating food groups by a few minutes makes no difference. By adding protein or fat, you can decrease the spike a bit, but by how much depends on your digestion. And if you are...
Board: Kidney Disorders 11-15-2016, 03:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By Cora1003
Re: 10yr old, Type 1 Diabetic on Lisinopril?

Hi MomofT1D. I'm doing quite well actually. I was on hemo for 1 year (2001 - 2002) and my wonderful cousin gave me a kidney (on her birthday!!!!). I've also since had a pancreas transplant (not...
Board: Kidney Disorders 11-13-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By Cora1003
Re: 10yr old, Type 1 Diabetic on Lisinopril?

Hi there Mom. I'm not sure if you meant to, but you've kind of connected a decent a1c with the lisinopril. And the two are not related. Your daughter was put on the ACE inhibitor because it's been...
Board: Diabetes 10-29-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Low Insulin but Normal Blood sugar

It means that you are the opposite of insulin resistant. You are very insulin sensitive. Basically, you only produce a small amount of necessary insulin to keep your blood sugar levels normal. It's a...
Board: Diabetes 10-15-2016, 06:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Is this Meter still working?

The only thing I'd do is change the battery and make sure that the test strips I had were not expired. I've used my meters for more than 2 years, so this one should probably be ok.
Board: Kidney Disorders 09-12-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 600
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Understanding results

There are all sorts of reasons why your creatinine may be a bit higher than "normal". The trick is to keep an eye on things and get labs drawn periodically and keep track over the years. First off,...
Board: Diabetes 09-12-2016, 03:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Black coffee before a blood test

Coffee won't affect an a1c, but it may affect your fasting glucose level. For some people (not all), caffeine can raise your blood sugar. But it won't affect the a1c (even if you added milk, cream,...
Board: Diabetes 08-05-2016, 03:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 481
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Husband & Diabetes

Do you mean he has low blood sugar? And not a heart attack? Alcohol inhibits your liver's ability to keep your glucose up. so if one of his meds is something that forces his pancreas to produce...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-04-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Any efficient way to do urine detection

Again, what are you looking for? There's a ton of stuff in urine that either should, or shouldn't be there. Glucose? White blood cells? Protein? Blood? Creatinine? Electrolytes? Bilirubin? Ph?...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-04-2016, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Any efficient way to do urine detection

What are you looking for? There are a variety of pee-on-them test strips to look for various things, but that could get very expensive. Do you have specific concerns?
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-03-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By Cora1003
Re: help for vomiting

When I was at that stage and had stomach problems, I found that nexium helped me and also monitoring more closely my potassium and phosphorus intake. Too much P would make me feel sick.

Hope this...
Board: Kidney Disorders 08-03-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Highly anxious about abrupt GFR drop

My kidney issues predate the use of the eGFR. And the "e" stands for "estimated". It is a calculated value and makes all sorts of assumptions about you (and is extremely unreliable in women,...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-21-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 835
Posted By Cora1003
Re: EXTREMELY Concerned about kidney function,advice?, can I improve GFR?

Answered your other post - but one additional thing. Keep in mind that GFR is actually eGFR and the "e" stands for "estimated". It's especially unreliable in women. Just watch your labs over time and...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-21-2016, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Kidney Transplant, abnormal labs on new kidney, what can I do to improve function

Diane, while some people get "normal" labs post transplant, many of us never have. What you need to do is to watch your labwork over a period of time (6 months or so). In the meantime, be sure to...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-17-2016, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By Cora1003
Re: GSF is decreasing

You will be fine until you can talk to the doc. What did it drop from and to? There's a world of difference in dropping from 97 to 80, versus from 30 to 13. And keep in mind that eGFR is an estimated...
Board: Kidney Disorders 07-04-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 575
Posted By Cora1003
Re: kidney disease due to mega ureters

I'm so sorry that I can't help. Your issues are outside of my wheelhouse. I wish you the best of luck.
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-17-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 945
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD stage 2

There are all kinds of kidney diseases out there, most of which have an unknown origin. Keep in mind too, that many things can affect your blood results including being only a tiny bit dehydrated....
Board: Diabetes 06-15-2016, 03:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What happens when a diabetic 2 is ill?

Yup! Jello is another good thing. And the sugar free is quite tasty. Don't be afraid to experiment - find what works and do the best you can until you feel better. Diverticulitus is nothing to take...
Board: Diabetes 06-14-2016, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What happens when a diabetic 2 is ill?

Generally, illness of any kind (in any diabetic) will cause your blood sugar to go up. So you will most likely be better off drinking sugar-free stuff. Sugar free popsicles were a favorite of a...
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-05-2016, 07:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 586
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What do you think it is please help..

Maybe a small kidney stone trying to pass? Pain can move around like that when you have a stone. Just a thought.
Board: Diabetes 06-04-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,011
Posted By Cora1003
Re: A1c 12.6 - non compliant diabetic

For the first time in decades, some docs (and a few other people too) are finally acknowledging that diabetes is not only tough to deal with in practice, it's extremely difficult emotionally as well....
Board: Kidney Disorders 06-04-2016, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD Stage 3

First of all, most labs consider any eGFR (and the "e" stands for estimated) above 60 to be "normal". Now did a doctor tell you that you are stage 3? Or did you calculate this yourself with the help...
Board: Diabetes 05-30-2016, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By Cora1003
Re: How often do you cheat?

I have a visceral reaction to the word "cheat". It comes from growing up as a type 1 diabetic (since the age of 2) and being ragged on by nurses as a "cheater". It was really emotional abuse. Have I...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-15-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By Cora1003
Re: come one now - 100 views and not a single response?

Hi Jason. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

First off, a question for you. Are you very muscular? Men with a lot of muscles tend to have higher creatinine. And to be honest, the...
Board: Diabetes 05-13-2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Greatly reducing steroids after decades of use. How will this effect my Diabetes

I think even among docs it's a bit of a guessing game as to how much the adrenals are affected when it comes to different steroids being taken for different reasons. I know they have become more...
Board: Diabetes 05-11-2016, 05:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 442
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Help!Blood sugar same before breakfast and after lunch.

There's nothing wrong, so try to relax. You are still quite new to diabetes and it will take some time for things to settle and for you to learn as much as you can about yourself.

First off,...
Board: Diabetes 05-09-2016, 03:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Posted By Cora1003
Re: A1C? Can this be tested at home?

Don't get too wrapped up in the A1c. It's a great tool, but the way to get your a1c down, is to do individual testing - after meals. There really is no one size fits all diet for diabetes. Only the...
Board: Diabetes 05-08-2016, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Posted By Cora1003
Re: A1C? Can this be tested at home?

You can get home a1c kits (doesn't involve a lot of blood), but I've only used it once and it wasn't that accurate. I've heard from others that the accuracy is not that great either. I'd stick with...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-08-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Urgent

Pete, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Board: Diabetes 05-07-2016, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By Cora1003
Re: New Diabetic 2

Morning numbers are often higher due to the dawn phenomenon. This happens in all people (diabetic and non-d alike) where you body, in preparation for the day, releases stored glucose so that you will...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-06-2016, 03:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Urgent

Mg2121 is correct. Lots of people have lots of other medical issues when doing dialysis. Dialysis nurses are some of the best trained nurses out there, and the docs know a lot more than most other...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-04-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Urgent

You can have dialysis when you have low bp, but that's too vague a description to really generalize. The odds of low BP when you have fluid build up due to kidneys not working is very small. The...
Board: Diabetes 05-04-2016, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 930
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Eat carbs then protien?

I'm not sure what you mean by "too late". Too late for what? Your stomach can take up to an hour or two to empty, so separating foods by a few minutes (or even half an hour), won't actually separate...
Board: Kidney Disorders 05-02-2016, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By Cora1003
Re: How long to stop take Creatine before Creatinine test?

Creatine ( a protein) is not the same thing as Creatinine (which is a byproduct of muscle metabolism). So the harder you work your muscles, the higher your creatinine might be. This is why creatinine...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-29-2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 699
Posted By Cora1003
Re: CKD stage 3b

My strongest suggestion to you is to see a good nephrologist. As they specialize in kidneys (and the problems of kidneys) you will get the most up to date info. My GP is great, but I don't let her...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-24-2016, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 706
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Stage 3 CKD

Hi Molly. First off, labs typically go up and down on a regular basis, so the changes that you see are completely normal. Secondly, given your labs, you have just inched over the line into CKD...
Board: Kidney Disorders 04-22-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 620
Posted By Cora1003
Re: What to make of these test results

The BUN normal range is 7 - 20 for most laboratories, so being at 21 it could be simply a bit of dehydration or a lab error or eating a bit extra protein before the tests. Just off by a tiny bit. And...
Board: Diabetes 04-08-2016, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 424
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Blood Glucose Fasting- Ate a mint

There's only 2g of carbohydrate in an altoid, so it's not going to affect your blood sugar hardly, if at all. Even in the first hour or so. If you ate it 3 hours before, I doubt if it would have...
Board: Diabetes 04-01-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 535
Posted By Cora1003
Re: Infection and very high blood sugar

Yes, infections (starting, on going, or recovering from) can cause your blood sugar to rise dramatically even if you don't eat anything. Those of us on insulin sometimes end up taking double our...
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