This is a summary of the Kidney’s and what they are and aren’t doing for Gage.
from my post Gage’s Medical Update For Sunday
Gage’s Kidneys are working at 25% right now. They are not producing the Hormone needed to create Blood and Bone Marrow. He had to get a injection in the hospital to make his body produce the hormone. They are hoping that his Kidney’s will start producing the hormone on its own again so he won’t need more of that injection.
What do my kidneys do?
The main job of the kidneys is to filter wastes and extra water out of your blood to make urine (pee). Every day your kidneys filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood—that’s about 30 gallons— and sift out one to two quarts of extra water and waste products. This waste and extra water become urine (pee).
Your kidneys: Gage’s Kidney’s aren’t doing this….
- Control chemicals and fluid in your body
- Help control your blood pressure
- Help keep your bones healthy (Produce a Hormone that makes Bone Marrow)
- Help you make red blood cells
What is kidney disease?
Because your kidneys filter waste, regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells, and keep bones healthy, when your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should, your overall health begins to decline. When your kidneys have been permanently damaged and aren’t functioning as well as they should, it’s called chronic kidney disease (CKD), or kidney disease for short. The damage to the kidneys from CKD can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.
Dialysis starts when your Kidney function drops to 15%
When should I start dialysis?
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) guidelines recommend you start dialysis when your kidney function drops to 15 percent or less—or if you have severe symptoms caused by your kidney disease, like shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle cramps or nausea and vomiting. Your doctor will help you decide, based on lab tests that measure how much kidney function you have left and on your symptoms.
How is CKD treated?
With CKD, the damage to your kidneys is usually permanent. It cannot be fixed, but you can take steps to help slow down the CKD and keep the damage from getting worse.
- Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes
- Keep a healthy blood pressure
- Eat a heart healthy diet (low in salt and fat)
- Exercise most days of the week
- Keep a healthy weight
- Do not smoke or use tobacco
- Limit alcohol