Friday, March 29, 2013
My brother found out a little over a month ago that his kidneys are failing. Our mother had kidney disease so our first thought was he had it too. He went to a specialist and had test done that showed that was not the case. The dr told him he thought the failure was caused by an infection and that they could treat him with strong antibiotics but would have to do a biopsy first to make sure. The biopsy shows that the only treatment for him would be eventual dialysis. He does not have kidney disease but his kidneys are very damaged from years of high blood pressure. My brother is very adamant that he will not do dialysis. After seeing everything our mother went through for 2 1/2 years having dialysis I can't say I blame him. I have in fact said I don't think I would ever do that if my kidneys should fail. A truly sad thing is when my brother's blood work started showing abnormal levels almost 2 years ago his family dr diagnosed him with gout even though he had no symptoms of gout. The nephrologist said the medication the family dr put my brother on was very hard on kidneys. He said the medicine more than likely exacerbated the failure of his kidneys. Right now he is on a strict diet to try to slow the failure.
I lost my Dad in 2006, my Mom in 2009 and an aunt who was like another mom in 2011. I am not ready to think about losing my brother. When I am depressed my first instinct is to turn to food. That is how I gained the 29 pounds back. I am trying hard to walk and do other things to keep from turning to food. It is so hard to be 2,000 miles from my brother not knowing how much longer we will have him. I pray God will slow his kidney failure and allow us to have him with us for as long as possible.