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    it helps one person a day.  I think it is okay.

    In your situation I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND!!!

    One time when I was pregnant I had a sprained hand.  I had two sometimes three doctors visits a week.  I could not convince them that I was not being abused.  They would give my MOM the stink eye sometimes.

    If they annoy us this much imagine the doctors and nurses.

    I am so glad you told your story.  Pretty much everything with the gout and kidney fail I've gone through with GDad this year.  He's on dialysis.

    People don't realize how important certain labs and doctors orders are after a certain age.  And your physician won't really know.  Fuck, the ER didn't know about my GDad until we took him to the New kidney doctor who forced the ER to admit him.

    Hugs Nonny!

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    by Lava20 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 02:30:40 AM PDT

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      All my best to your Gdad!  I hope like crazy he's going to stabilize and things will go well for him, and give him a hug from me next time you see him.  He's got a good granddaughter in you!  :-)

      Yes, there is a point in time, at certain ages, in particular, and/or for certain conditions, when people must be looked after with some special care.  Obviously, your Gdad needs that, and given the various kinds of kidney failure - some one can recover from, like what I had because of meds - and the other kinds are much more serious and involve dialysis, or transplant.

      For me, when the kidneys aren't being flushed out enough, I get the tell-tale gout pangs (no other symptoms, which is apparently why I didn't "look sick"), and since I adamantly refuse to go through that pain again if I can avoid it, I take one extra colchicine, two if necessary (max is three per day, and by then the side effect is bad diarrhea - ugh!), drink lots and lots of water to get my kidneys to flush out.  When my system gets back to some balance then the gout pain goes away.  [Gout pain hurts worse than the intense part of labor pains!  I recently found out the price of gout meds are going up from just under $10/three month supply to several hundred to the cost for the pharmacist, and only because they did FDA testing and now have a trademark or copyright on a gout medicine that's been known about for over a thousand years.  How's that for price gouging?]

      I've been in and out of hospitals for more things than I care to admit (six different surgeries on top of other stuff, one more knee surgery will be in my future at some point)..., but so far my brain is still working and I can still do genealogy research, so I'll deal with the rest of the things as they each come up.

      You take care of yourself..., and give the docs & staff the stink-eye right back if they don't believe you when you're telling the truth!  :-)

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 05:40:07 AM PDT

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    •  My GP used to do regular lab work on me. (0+ / 0-)

      He did my regular six-month blood work on me in November 2006. A couple of numbers were off:

      Organ donors save lives! A donor's kidney gave me my life back on 02/18/11; he lives on in me. Please talk with your family about your wish to donate.

      Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

      by Kitsap River on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 03:35:18 PM PDT

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      •  OK, Firefox for Android officially sucks. (0+ / 0-)

        This is the second time it's forced a truncated comment. Sorry.

        Anyway, my labs include urine samples and sometimes 24 hour collections, as a matter of course. Dr. I. had done the samples as well as blood work, and a couple of numbers were off: serum creatinine and albumin (protein in the urine). He repeated the tests a month later, and these numbers were even higher, with my creatinine at 1.8. So he referred me to a local nephrologist, who said I had 40% kidney function left and would someday need dialysis (he thought in 3 to 5 years).

        Lab work can save your life. My GP always has wanted a lot of things checked. He rarely sends me to the lab any more, since the transplant program has given the lab standing orders on me (for every 6 weeks, at this point) and the results are supposed to be faxed to my GP as well.

        Organ donors save lives! A donor's kidney gave me my life back on 02/18/11; he lives on in me. Please talk with your family about your wish to donate.

        Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

        by Kitsap River on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 03:45:35 PM PDT

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