Thursday, 10 March 2016

World Kidney Day

Today was World Kidney Day, a day aimed at awareness of kidney health. Hooray! How do I know this, well because I stumbled across it by accident when I was searching again for an article I read a couple of weeks on the BBC website about a breakthrough in 3D printing of human organs.* If the BBC’s own search capability wasn’t so crap I’d never have found out about World Kidney Day, or at least not today (in case you’re wondering I found the article via Google). It’s quite funny really, given my own rather obvious interest in kidney issues that I had to stumble across a major initiative by accident, maybe I need to sign up to a few more resources to keep in the loop?

* I’ve been meaning to write a post about how encouraging some of these medical breakthroughs are to someone like me who is likely to need a transplant in the future. I’m fortunate to be living at a time when such developments are happening, and be at a point in my life (and disease) where such things could bring meaningful benefit). A subject I’ll hopefully have time to revisit in the next few weeks

Diet Update Week 6 – Steady Progress

Week 5 was positive with a 1kg loss, which was a relief after the disappointment of the previous two weeks. Week 6 was flat, but I wasn't too concerned as I didn't expect much due to having a big family meal out on Sunday (Mothering Sunday). So at latest reading I'm down to 120.6kg, my lowest since I started the diet, with total weight loss over six weeks a shade over 4kgs. My next visit to the consultant is nine and half weeks (wasn't that the name of a dodgy 1980's erotic movie?), so I'm aiming at 118kg for that appointment, with 117kg a stretch target, but given the natural slowdown in diet results and the upcoming Easter season 118kg will be tough enough to achieve.

I still haven't had the GP letter calling me in for the medication review, but I'm okay about that as long as the diet is working. I'm a couple of weeks off the end of my current prescription and I'd rather make changes at the same time as I get my repeat rather than have out of sync prescriptions. The new schedule will include a water tablet in the morning, something I'm going to have to manage carefully, it's not as if I have any trouble needing a pee first thing, besides every time the kids wake me in the night I end up going to the loo and I definitely don't want to be caught short on my morning commute. I really do need to find out more about the effects of diuretics before I start, I've already read they're unsuitable for people with gout, a condition I suffer from occasionally. The water tablet is to counteract an increase in my dose of sodium bicarbonate, my consultant is aware the existing dose is already having a negative effect on my blood pressure, so I'll be switching to taking in the morning alongside a water tablet to flush the salt out of my kidneys as quickly as possible. One thing I definitely do need to do is start taking more regular readings of my blood pressure so I can judge what the effect is.