Awareness Tip #6: Education

Good morning, lovelies! As National Kidney Month comes to an end, I thought today would be the perfect day to share my final tip of the month; education. They say knowledge is power, right? Then what better way to gain knowledge by educating yourself? Although I have been sharing many awareness tips, there are still so many signs and symptoms to learn. Pay attention to simple things such as your urine output, listen to your body, and more importantly if kidney disease is something that runs in your family, get a kidney screening done. Just because National Kidney Month is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that we can stop educating ourselves, or ignoring what our bodies are trying to tell us.

photo

Even though my blog will be returning to its regular content (with updates to come during Spring Break), I will still be sharing updates occasionally on my fundraising. Every penny counts, so I ask that you continue to consider donating here to help kidney patients around the world.

Advertisements

Awareness Tip #5: Living with Sick People

Good morning, lovelies. I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy with work. On top of that, I’m battling the cold from hell. I’m coughing, throwing up, my body aches, and I’m exhausted. It’s not just me though. EVERYONE in the house is sick, except for my dad. This situation leads me to today’s tip:  living with sick people.

When my dad was first diagnosed with renal failure, he was advised to stay away from sick people because his immune system was weak. Eating protein became a necessity to build up his immune system. The flu shot also became a necessity; not just for him, but for the family as well. And for a wuss like me, the flu shot wasn’t an option! Because I’m deathly afraid of needles, I always requested the mist; until last year. I faced my fears and got the actual flu shot. I also got a shot yesterday, so I guess you can say I’m starting to face my (needle) fears.

I know how important it is to keep people with weak immune systems safe, so today I’m sharing my knowledge. Here are five things dialysis patients need to keep near them when living in a house filled with sick people:

  1. Hand Sanitizer:  With everyone sneezing and coughing, hand sanitizer is an absolute must! For instance, my dad keeps hand sanitizer on him…he even keeps a bottle in his car.
  2. Lysol:  It’s important to make sure you Lysol areas where the sick people have been. For example, the sofas, bedrooms, the car, etc. It’s important to keep yourself healthy, and your loved ones will understand this whole-heartedly.
  3. Flu Masks:  These come in handy when you’re surrounded by people with the flu. Thankfully, we’re just battling colds here, but it’s always better to play it safe. These flu masks will help you stay protected, and keep away contagiousness.
  4. Minor Confinement:  It isn’t necessary to confine yourself completely from your family, but your health is just as important as theirs. My dad hasn’t really confined himself because he’s been playing Super Dad by driving us to our Doctor’s appointments, picking up prescriptions, cleaning, cooking, getting wet towels for us when we vomit, and he’s done all of this on his dialysis day. Did I mention he’s been a life saver?
  5. Cool air:  I know this is going to sound crazy, but keeping it relatively cold in your house is going to help fight off germs. Think about when you go to Doctor’s offices or hospitals. It’s usually cold in those places, so try to mirror that in your place.
As always, please click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney disease.

Awareness Tip #4: ***** Day

Good morning, lovelies! I know my past few tips have been all business and NO fun! Well, today is going to be a fun day. Today’s tip is so good that I couldn’t even put it in the title!

Although I don’t suffer with chronic kidney disease, I understand the affects that it can have on you, mentally and physically. It’s a life-altering thing.

My dad worked outside, at the same job, for over 30 years. So having to stop working, and focus solely on himself and his treatments, was definitely a game changer for him.

You know what another game changer is? Having to change your diet in the blink of an eye. Especially if you’re a fan of foods that are high in potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. This leads me to my tip for the day:

Make sure you allow yourself a couple of cheat treat days every now and then. 

Now, notice I said a TREAT DAY and not CHEAT DAY, because if you’re doing everything you’re supposed to be doing, you’re not cheating; you’re treating yourself.

My dad learned about treat days very early in his diagnosis. How, you might be wondering. Because of his guardian angel of course. His older brother, Sherman, was on dialysis for about 9 years. When my dad got sick, my uncle was in the hospital as well (for non-kidney issues). They took dialysis together in the hospital, and made the nurses do double takes because they thought they were twins!

In the short time that my uncle was alive during my dad’s diagnosis, he taught him about treating himself, amongst other things. The last time my dad saw my uncle, he was taking his own advice by indulging in a honey bun. He passed away March 29, 2011, but his spirit still lives on to this day.

So, whether it’s indulging in your favorite meal, or snack, don’t think of it as a cheat. Think of it as a treat. Maybe you’ve gotten your report and found out all of your levels look good. Maybe you’ve finally reached your desired protein goal. Whatever the case may be, treat yourself. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

Photo Mar 15, 3 04 56 PM

Sherman & Ricky

As always, please click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney disease.

World Kidney Day: Awareness Tip #3

Hello, lovelies. As promised, I am back with another kidney tip for y’all. Before I get into that, I would like to mention that yesterday made 5 years since my father has been sick. Today, which also happens to be World Kidney Day, makes 5 years of him being on dialysis. And just how is he celebrating this day? By being in dialysis, of course.

Photo Mar 09, 10 45 00 PM

Now, how about that tip? I thought about this long and hard. It’s like I have a lot of tips to share, but not sure which ones to share. I’ve already brought awareness to drinking more water (but less if you’re a kidney patient), as well as monitoring your blood pressure.

So without further ado, today’s tip is about medication. If you are a dialysis patient (or just for future knowledge), try to avoid medicine such as Aleve and Ibuprofen. These medicines, and more, damage your kidneys. My dad’s doctors have told him that Tylenol is the safest medicine for him to take. So, be mindful of the medicine you are taking.

Please talk to your primary physician to find out what medicine is the safest for you to take if you are on dialysis.

As always, please click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney disease.

 

Kidney Awareness 2

Hello, my lovelies. As promised, I am here to give you another tip about kidney disease.

MAINTAIN YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure and diabetes are the two leading causes for renal failure. Because my dad doesn’t have diabetes, I can’t really give you much on that aspect of it. However, I can give you some insight when it comes to the high blood pressure aspect.

For as long as I can remember (and I’m 25-years-old), my dad always suffered with high blood pressure. He was also taking multiple pressure pills to manage his high blood pressure. He also suffered with White Coat Syndrome, which is basically when his pressure would rise even higher in any kind of doctors’ offices or hospital settings.

Fast forward to when he began getting sicker, but before his diagnosis, his pressure would be in the 200s.

Luckily, when he decided to go to the hospital that night, he wasn’t even feeling terrible. A miracle, right?

Anyway, it’s important to manage your blood pressure to avoid things such as a stroke or renal failure. My dad’s high blood pressure ended up damaging his kidneys.

Since his diagnosis, my father doesn’t suffer with high blood pressure anymore. At times, he has problems with keeping his pressure up.

You can’t expect dialysis to do all of the work for you though. Cutting salt out of your diet and paying attention to the amount of sodium foods have can help along the way.

Click here to learn about ways to help and donate to the many Americans whose lives have been impacted by kidney failure.

Writing Wednesday 3: Awareness

Good morning, lovelies! I hope you all had a fantabulous weekend. Since today is Wednesday, I’m back with another segment of Writing Wednesday!

Although today is Writing Wednesday, I wanted to take this time to discuss why the month of March is my most favorite time of the year. And I can assure you it has nothing to do with Easter candy and everything to do with being a part of something bigger.

As you all know (because I never shut up about it), almost five years ago my dad was diagnosed with renal failure. As you get older, there are certain memories that are forever etched in your brain. For me, it’s when my dad was diagnosed with renal failure.

kidney-ribbon

In my eyes, my father has done an amazing job with sticking to his proper diet, monitoring his intake of liquids, and going to dialysis for four hours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

But now, it’s time for me to do my part. It’s time for me to bring awareness to kidney disease. Back in December, I teamed up with Kidney Nation to raise $2000 for kidney patients in honor of my dad.

While raising the $2000 would be a tremendous help to kidney patients all over the world, it’s also important to spread awareness by word of mouth. Think of how many lives we could save. Thirty one million Americans and their families are affected by this disease, and we can help lessen that number.

So starting today, for the month of March, I will be sharing helpful tips, as well as facts about kidney disease.

HELPFUL TIP #1:  Be sure to drink an adequate amount of water and limit sodas. BUT, for all of you dialysis patients out there, try to limit your fluid intake so you won’t have to have a ton of fluid pulled off of you during dialysis. Thirsty, but worried about your fluid intake? Try eating ice chips, or spritzing your mouth with a spray bottle!

To donate or learn more about Kidney Nation, click here to visit my fundraiser page.