At the onset of my grandmother's heart attack she complained of heart burn, nausea, stomach pain, and a very mild aching in her chest. She did not feel like she was having a heart attack. After approximately 45 minutes she alerted me that she was having these symptoms and we rushed her to the hospital. Unfortunately, it was too late to save her.
Just because you are diagnosed with the disease, it doesn't mean you will necessarily have to start dialysis or get a new kidney right away. It can be months or years before your kidneys actually fail. See more on this site about what to do after diagnosis: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/polycystic/
The only treatments for PKD is dialysis, either hemo or paritiniel, or a kidney transplant. None of these will ever be a cure though, but there is ongoing research to look for a cure. Check out http://www.pkdcure.org
After getting a kidney transplant, the patient has to remain on anti-rejection medications their whole life. Also, a kidney transplant will only last about 7 years. Patients should be aware that there’s a high risk of transplant rejection: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycystic-kidney-disease…
It’s important to keep your kidneys healthy if you have PKD. There are a lot of foods that are healthy for everyone else, but toxic for PKD patients because their kidneys cannot filter properly. Bananas are one example, see more examples at http://kidneys.emedtv.com/polycystic-kidney-disease/polycystic-kidney-d…
Treat with electro-therapy. It's incredibly effective. Read more about it at http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_electrotherapy.html
Find the best doctor you can find who is open to both alternative and conventional treatment. And educate yourself!!!!
Carefully select those family members and friends that will support you and keep you positive.
WHY ME??? Why NOT me! Have your pity party and move on. Focus on the positive.
Refined carbohydrates are the scourge of mankind. Learn what they are and learn how to identify them as ingredients. To avoid the diseases of civilization, avoid refined carbohydrates.
Love more, listen more, laugh at every little thing your heart desires, and above all trust in yourself that you are going to get better.
Remember there is a little person depending on you to get stronger! My kids are my strength - I keep a picture of them everywhere so I can remind myself what I am working for because it is not all about me. It is all about the little ones I brought into this world.
Alzheimer's patients at mid-stage of the disease need 50 percent more light to see at the same level of acuity because their retinal function goes awry.
Regardless of the stage of Alzheimer's your loved one is at, increasing the lighting in the home is an important step. Boosting the wattage on bulbs or adding a fixture or another outlet to a room goes a long way in creating a safer environment. For more caregiving tips visit www.savingourparents.com
Make a list of things your loved one needs assistance with - it can range from dispensing medication to needing 24-7 care. Out of that list, decide what you believe you can reasonably do. Do your homework for the tasks you believe you are willing to take on - paying bills is more than a matter of writing a few checks.
Make a list of things your loved one needs assistance with - it can range from dispensing medication to 24-7 care. Decide what you believe you can reasonably do. Talk to your family to find out what they are willing to do.
Creativity works wonders. Whether it's singing, painting, playing an instrument, dancing, or writing poetry or a journal, creativity keeps a person in the here and now.
Talk with your parents about their past and the stories of their lives. Their tales will become a part of how you remember them. Here's an example of an interview book: www.delphihealthproducts.com
When caring for an elderly loved one it is important to get all their medical records organized. Having access to test results, blood work, and knowing the medicines and dosages they take is imperative.
Family members need to inventory all the possessions and financial accounts of their loved one before they bring in an outside caregiver to help them. For more tips visit www.savingourparents.com