My kidney doctor advises "Let's see, your blood pressure is a little high but your creatin is 1.4 when it should be 0.4 and so plugging these figures into our formula including your age and other factors, in five years you will die of kidney failure. Oh and let's see, your cholesterol is ok while your white-cell count is also just a bit high but nothing to worry about…..…
Then he produced a tablet. "Here, write down everything you like."
I did so whereupon he advised, "All right, if you just quit everything you've listed, you might live a couple of months longer"
Well all right he didn't say it in exactly those words, but he did predict I'll probably require dialysis. Before I left he gave me this instruction sheet:
TO PROTECT YOUR KIDNEYS
Sodium no more than 1,500mg a day,
Your kidneys may not be able to remove extra potassium. Foods high in potassium
Dried beans and peas
Limit the amount of phosphorus you eat to protect your bones. Foods high in phosphorus include
When you have chronic kidney disease your kidneys may not be able to separate the protein from the wastes. Foods high in protein are
Avoid certain medications
Laxatives and antacids that contain magnesium, aluminum, aspirin and salt
Well let's see, I take aspirin too, for my heart. Thus I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't, so why don't I just lie down and let go