Kidney function can be compromised when your bladder does not function normally. People who have to self-cath to empty their bladder experience chronic urinary tract infections which can easily infect the kidney. Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise to maintain your best health are often recommended but what does it entail? Pain medications, diuretics, salt, herbal supplements and high blood pressure that cause additional strain on the kidneys must be reduced or avoided when kidney function is compromised. Ask your doctor if you can monitor your kidney function annually and avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic kidney disease/end-stage kidney failure.
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It has been awhile and for that apologies. Let me share a note with you: Dear Trudy, How are you? First to wish you a happy year and that you keep being such a wonderful person as you are. Yesterday I just was thinking that I do not receive the emails I used to regarding the…
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/aging Many times, bladder and bowel problems go along with aging. My birthday is this week and to be honest with you, aging has been…
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. Helen Keller Have depression? What you can do to help. Many years ago, I was diagnosed with neurogenic (under active/paralyzed) bladder and bowel. Because the unfortunate tidings were hard to accept and process, journaling and blogging became my routine. On the web,…
About six months ago I was diagnosed with Third Stage Renal Failure. A wake up call for sure and I flipped of course because I am not the stoic sort. Please do not think bad of me, yes I grew up with Love Story too, I just do not want be the one saying long goodbyes. I know God is in control and in the end I have gotten used to the idea. Here is a little of what I have learned.
My husband and I had travels to do, so just yesterday was my first visit with the doctor who specializes in kidneys a Nephrologist.
What Is a Nephrologist?
A nephrologist is a medical doctor who specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys. The term nephrologist comes from the Greek word “nephros”, which means kidney or renal and “ologist” refers to someone who studies. Nephrologists are also called kidney doctors. Nephrologists are educated in internal medicine and then undergo more training to specialize in treating patients with kidney diseases. They commonly treat chronic kidney disease (CKD), polycystic kidney disease (PKD), acute renal failure, kidney stones and high blood pressure and are educated on all aspects of kidney transplantation and dialysis.
For years I have been visiting the Virginia Mason Urology clinic, in Seattle Washington. Actually it is called the Urology and Kidney Transplant Department, Thoughts of dread swelled the first day I saw that sign. I was shocked to see the sign actually, I was not really thinking that there was such a strong connection between urological woes and kidney disease. “No dialysis or kidney transplant for me!” has been my mantra. Being real I need to know that even though it is unlikely it is possible for anyone with urological problems to end up with kidney disease.
My kidney woes likely started many years ago when I was living undiagnosed urine retention and then years following with back to back balder infections. For that part of the story check out my book, Beyond Embarrassment: Reclaiming your life with neurogenic bladder and bowel.
So yesterday was my first appointment on the other side. I was ushered..
Just as this blog, TrudyTriumph.com has evolved and progressed over the past few years, so have I. I started the blog to unload thoughts regarding the fear and anxiety I experienced as a urological patient with neurogenic bladder and bowel. As my body continues to morph, I count on you the reader to be in the wings; as I cheer for you, you can cheer for me (I hope). Life is never stagnant and as we exist, our form is always adapting and changing. It’s a law of physics! As my body changes, I need to constantly remind myself that my soul and attitude are primary to my contentment. Aging is an indication of our bodies wearing out. I just want to take the process a bit slow.
I was so SURPRISED by my diagnosis of neurogenic bladder and bowel. So far, I do not know why my bladder and bowel misbehave, they just do. I spend a lot of time writing about causes in this blog because the more I learn this disability, it is amazing to me how easily it can happen.
The color of your urine says a lot about what’s going on with your body’s health.
I understand that running out for antibiotics frequently will increase my chances of developing an anti-resistant strain of bacteria or super bug. Yet if I don’t treat the infection, my kidneys can blow out.
Top 15 foods for your kidneys are;