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Kidney Disease in the Elderly?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My mother had a lot of edema when I visited her recently. Her legs, feet, toes looked like they were about to pop. Her doctor put her on a diuretic and potassium and they seem to be working. Her blood test showed her to be at stage 3. Her doctor says this is common among the elderly, but I am concerned with this development. She is miserable with the races to her bathroom and pain has increased significantly from other chronic issues. I presume this is due partly from her added movement. Anyone have experience with this? I wish I could offer her some help, comfort. Thanks so much. By-the-way, she is 99 years old and insists on living alone in her own home. She is blind and pretty deaf. Hearing aids allow her to listen to books on tape. When I fly out to visit, garden, help, encourage... I use a mic and boom box to save my voice and allow her to hear. A nurse reviewed her records for me and said kidneys could go on for years like this or could progress quickly. I just want to know how best to help her. Thanks friends!
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    Thank you for loving your precious mother.

    1723 days ago
    This is a tough call. Can you hire someone to check her daily? I mean go into the house and make sure she is OK. They would not need to stay long. If she had a commode near her they could empty it and wash it out while there. If it were just liquid it should not be too bad. I had to use a commode for awhile when I had the cast on my foot because I could not get into the bathroom or on and off the toiled alone.

    Also, how does she bathe?

    Do you have siblings that can help with the cost?


    1784 days ago
    My grandpa is 100 years old and he uses a product called the Pocket Talker to hear. It looks like a Walkman with earphones but the Walkman part has a microphone that the other person speaks directly into.
    1786 days ago
    Your mother has the right to demand to remain in her own home, but she doesn't have the right to insist that you make that decision workable. It's a matter of money: Rose Kennedy stayed in her own home until she died at 100+, but she had a staff to make that possible. She cannot expect her children to be that staff. All you can do is what you can do. In the end, whatever happens, is her choice.
    1786 days ago
    The commode chair would not work since she would have to empty it since she lives alone. Maybe one that attaches to the toilet that has arms for her to lift her up would help.
    They have those at medical supplies and cost about $100 or less depending on the model
    1786 days ago
    One thing we have learned with my in laws and my parents, especially at this time of the year, it is important to stay hydrated and flush out the kidney;s to help with some of this fluid buildup. besides the potassium tablets, drnks like gatorade, foods like bananas and potatoes are full of potassium and will help wth the levels

    you might want to contact a nephrologist who specializes in this

    prayers for mom
    1786 days ago
    definitely needs some extra attention in this matter, best wishes to you both
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    1786 days ago
    I think she needs someone to come I everyday to make sure she is taking her meds, getting up and down ok and eating right. Bless her.
    1786 days ago
    all the best
    1786 days ago
    Many of my elder care clients suffer from declining kidney function as they grow older- usually for no apparent reason. One ended up on dialysis.
    Sorry your mom is suffering so.
    1786 days ago
    I haven't a clue. Neither of my parents lived that long and I do not remember my grandparents having this issue.
    1786 days ago
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    Blessings! Saying a prayer.
    1786 days ago
    Would she use a commode chair so she would have to go so far to the bathroom? Or perhaps you already have one for her....this is really hard on the elderly..
    1786 days ago
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