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Bladder Problems Can Affect Your Kidneys : Kidney Health 101

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.

Consider your Kidneys When Managing Chronic Pain

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…

The Value if an Infectious Disease Doctor- Antibiotic Overload

Not long ago, while out of town, a spider or some sort of bug decided to decorate my face. I noticed a few pinprick type bites that at the time did not bother me much. I have been bit countless times, so besides the itch, I just ignored the discomfort. After several days the footprint…

The Emotional Impact of Bladder Disorders

Before I was diagnosed with an underactive bladder and along with the Biosleuth, Julia Parker, started this blog and and the book, “Beyond Embarrassment: Reclaiming your life with neurogenic bladder and bowel” life had become a “bit complicated”, despite my happy circumstances. I was enveloped in a cloud.  A lovely family, loving husband, yet where…

Sexual Intimacy and Neurogenic Bladder

Sometimes I get questions that make me feel emotional. This one did because I was invited to consider her very private confession, one that affects so many of us. I cried because she wondered about her “self worth”. The journey we travel is hard; I will not lie to you. Like the fighters we are,…

Consider the Risks before Surgery

Women contact me regarding surgical procedures they are contemplating. I tell them that I am NOT a doctor . . . just a gal who is trying to figure life out, like everyone else. Desperate women ask me about Interstem, mesh inserts, so many questions . . . that if I am honest, I would…

No Trash Can in Stall: Disposing of an Intermittent Catheter

I am going to get real with you and take a moment to express what really comes natural to me: Honestly, “What would Jesus do?”  Here goes: Not long ago our school district had a meeting for substitute teachers at the local high school where I retired from and occasionally “sub”.  I’ll set the stage:…

Depression and a Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel

Depression is a real condition for those of us who live with a chronic condition.  Just yesterday, Tuesday, I invited a friend to walk with me.  It turned out that I ended up going by myself.  It was so good that I did because, I ended up having an accident the furthest point from my…

Reliable Medical Information for the Patient from a Biosleuth

Does it Keep You Up at Night? How to Find Reliable Medical Information In-Between Doctor Appointments So, you had your doctor’s appointment in the morning and you’re replaying the appointment again in your head. The doctor reviewed your health status and gave you a list of “To Do” items that he’d like for you to…

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