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Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
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6/25/13 9:32 A

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Went to doctor yesterday. My kidneys are improved slightly. Any improvement is a step in the right direction! I am still waiting to see the Nephrologist on July 30. Yesterday's doctor was my endocrinologist who helps me with diabetes and Primary Aldosteronism.

Have a great day!
Linda

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It was a fun reunion at a beautiful wild game ranch! I tried to eat as many veggies as I could. The only meat was beef. I ate half of my portion at each meal.
We had swimming, croquet, pool, Ping-Pong, horseshoes, dominoes, cards, shuffleboard. Good times with 47 people.
Linda

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Have FUN! and love your kidneys!

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Dad: BIBLE: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

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Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
that you do every day.
~John C. Maxwell~


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6/22/13 10:25 A

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I am going to a family reunion today at a resort about 75 miles from my home. I called ahead and asked them to prepare low sodium meals for me and explained why. The chef said she would do some research and have something I can eat!
Yes, we are the "poor relations" in my dh family. It won't be a normal reunion where everyone brings a dish. This is actually simpler, but more costly.

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WOW! Claire!
This is amazing!

You are always so logical - I love that you kept pointing out that there was no CT scans or MRIs back in the day!

Continue to take care of you and be well!

I hope everyone one is emoticon their kidneys.
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Dad: BIBLE: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

Leader:Loving Our Kidneys
Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
that you do every day.
~John C. Maxwell~


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Hi, everyone! I got good news and bad news on the medical front this week. I had a chest xray just as a standard test and they found a spot. Thump thump goes the heart of this 35 year smoker (quit 6 yrs ago). We do a CT Scan and send me off to a lung doctor.

When I was 25 my lung collapsed. I was sitting watching TV and the next moment I couldn't catch my breath. After a zillion questions from a bazillion docs, nobody knew why. I worried about it happening again for several years. But, it didn't happen and I quit thinking about it. I still write it out on every medical history form, though. So I was telling the lung doc about this before she reviewed the CT Scan.

She looked at the scan and told me the lesion was nothing. Good news! She decided it's scar tissue from a cold or something like that.

Bad news! She found the reason my lung collapsed. I have this 'dead area' at the top of my lung - the tissue isn't absorbing oxygen anymore from the air so it just kind of sits there in this pocket. Almost no one gets these things. And most of them never know they have it or have a problem with it. However, sometimes they leak - bam. Down goes the lung. (When your lung springs a leak, the air settles between your lung and chest wall. Once it's out there, your lung can't take in any more air because it's squished.)

She thinks that is probably what happened then. AND, the going forward bad news is that I should be paying attention to air pressure for cripes sake. If I had ever gone sky diving or scuba diving, it probably would have collapsed again (wouldn't THAT be bad timing!) Air planes ok. Hiking in Denver not ok. Hiking around Phoenix OK (elevation 1,100). Driving up to Flagstaff (9,000 feet) without a mid-way stop for my lung to acclimate not OK.

It blows me away that I have been very very lucky that something hasn't happened since 1978!

(She said, "I'm surprised they didn't see that on the CT Scan." Me, "in 1978 they didn't have CT Scans." Blank look from the 30 year old. "Oh, well, you couldn't see it as well on an MRI, but still they should have seen it." Me: "There weren't any MRIs in 1978, either!" She: "It would be very hard to see it on an xray." Me: "and that's why they didn't find it, duh."

This isn't an issue for exercising, thankfully.

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I am so worried about my kidneys, I cannot seem to settle down. I don't see the new Nephrologist until July 30! I can't call the old one and my GP doesn't want to examine my meds because he wants the new Neph Dr. to do that. I also have Primary Hyperaldosteronism and take Spironolactone, which causes gastric distress.
Sorry, I just had to write it somewhere...

I hope everyone's day is beautiful. The weather here in Austin, Texas is hot but we like that!
Linda

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6/13/13 7:38 P

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Great article Claire! Thanks for the link!

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Thank you, I looked at it.
They say it is ok. I hope I have the right dosage, it is the lowest I could find in the multi B vitamins.

AND I have had more energy today to get more things done!

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Here's an article from DaVita discussing all the major vitamins and whether we should/should not take them as supplements.

http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/die
t-and-nutrition/diet-basics/the-abcs-o
f-vitamins-for-kidney-patients/e/5311

Gotta cut and paste as my phone doesn't like the 'add a link' function.




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Today I started taking vitamins B and C in low doses. I read these are good for the kidneys. I eat right, but maybe I need a bit of a boost?
What are your thoughts?
Linda

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emoticon emoticon for both Claire and Linda - keep on keeping on with walking!

I have a lot going on as usual!

I had a hospice meeting Monday for my dad, wrote my term paper (still need final edit!), took the car to the dealership - (walked 30 mins this morn, which I always do instead of sitting in the waiting room!), Don is having eye surgery tomorrow, Hospice meeting with nurse Thurs and class, Friday I am back to the dealership...

Still working out and eating healthy! LOVING my kidneys!

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Dad: BIBLE: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

Leader:Loving Our Kidneys
Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
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~John C. Maxwell~


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I walked a mile before breakfast today, even though I feel tired all the time. I believe this will help me feel better. It was forced, but I did it!

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Claire, I admire your energy. I don't seem to have much energy lately, but I am working on it.

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I'm feeling much better, thanks! The past few days we've been in California with DH's kids and have done a bunch of walking. But, tourist stop and go walking. So I've ended up doing a zillion steps and yet ending the day feeling like I need a good walk. Tonight we got back to the hotel after dark and no one would go out with me, so I spent a half hour buzzing back and forth in the hotel corridors. People were looking at me like I was crazy, but it felt good! I just wasn't in the mood for a small hotel fitness room and treadmill.

Tomorrow, it's a 7 hour drive home and then I'll be ready for another long walk.

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Yes, Claire, I hope you are feeling better today.

I got my medication changed this week, but had leg cramps all night last night. I am rather impatient to see the new Nephrologist in July to hopefully get some answers. In the meantime I will do my best to take care of myself.

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Claire - I do hope you are feeling better!

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Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
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~John C. Maxwell~


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Today, I feel human for the first time in at least a week. I had a stay-in-bed cold that just wouldn't quit. I was trying I get as many doc appts in as I could before 6/1 because our health insurance is changing. Before, pay a $35 copayment to see a doc. Now, they only
Pay80% AFTER we meet a $3000 deductible. I had to cancel 3 appts due to this cold.

One missed appt is for a chest CT. When I was at my family doc's office the week before, a chest X-ray shows a lesion on my lung. They don't think it's anything important - just need to be sure. Unsettling even still.

Hopefully, BoheminCat, you're right and something can be adjusted.

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Going to Dr. today. Will ask if meds are causing the renal filtration to go down. Maybe a medication change is all that is needed?

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I agree Claire! Summer time is family time!

Hi team - I would like to invite you all to read my blog today for some motivation!

I love Spark!!

Love your kidneys!

Jean



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Leader:Loving Our Kidneys
Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
that you do every day.
~John C. Maxwell~


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It slws down here because we are more active - that's a good thing!

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If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

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Happy June!

I hope everyone is LOVING their kidneys with good nutrition, exercise and drinking lots of water! (unless your Neph. has you on limited fluids)

Summer tends to slowwwwwwww down on spark - lets continue to support each other to stay active both in our team/spark and in our lifestyles!


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Dad: BIBLE: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

Leader:Loving Our Kidneys
Kidney Failure is the 8th leading cause of death in USA


"Seventy years are given to us! Some may even reach eighty.
But even the best of these years are filled with pain and trouble;soon they disappear, and we are gone."(Psalms 90:10)

You cannot change your life until you change something
that you do every day.
~John C. Maxwell~


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