Here’s looking at you, kidney…

I rKidney Faileceived some not-so-good news on my routine doctor visit on Tuesday of this past week. I had my blood drawn a few days before my visit.  As I was sitting in the office waiting for the doctor to come in I was thinking, ‘I really feel good… no complaints where usually I have some minor issue to bring up, I had nothing.  Why am I really here? I thought’.  He came in with some rather bad news.  Apparently, I have CKD – Stage 2 Kidney Disease.  Here’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it…
Every six months for the last 15 or so years, I’ve have blood workup done because of what started out as high triglyceride counts 20+ years ago, heck, maybe it’s been 30 years.  Triglycerides are fats in the blood system. My cholesterol numbers have always been pretty good. I also was diagnosed with DJD (degenerative joint disease) when I was in my twenties or thirties.   That joint pain would come and go and I have occasionally used different anti-inflammatory drugs that helped minimize the pain.  
When I learned I had high triglycerides I consulted with a dietician and changed my eating habits and cut back on fatty foods and generally ate much better.  I even lost about 15 pounds.  But I didn’t give up my “ice-cream every night” routine as I always told my grandkids.
I’ve been on various meds to control these issues and have done rather well with these drugs.  
A few years ago I was having shoulder pain and had an MRI which showed I had a bulging disc in my neck which was pressing on nerves and causing the shoulder pain.  So I went to therapy and got on anti-inflammatory meds pretty much full time.  They worked wonders for me.
When I had my last colonoscopy in 2013 they found a couple of ulcers in my colon and advised me that the anti-inflammatory could be causing that and said I should probably avoid using them or at least get off them for a while.  So I quit for a while and the pain came back.  After consulting with my doctor he said I could take them if I really needed them and he’d monitor my blood tests.  I tried taking them and skipping a day or two a week and that seemed to work.  The pain pretty much went away but apparently it didn’t do well for my kidneys.  That’s one of the reasons I was having blood workup twice a year along with checking cholesterol and other things.
So now I’m off of anti-inflammatory meds as of Tuesday. He gave me a Rx for Tylenol with codeine. I haven’t needed it yet but I don’t think that’ll work very well, but I’ll try it.  It doesn’t affect the kidneys adversely like most anti-inflammatories and things like Advil, Ibuprofen, and other NSAIDS do.  
Chronic Kidney disease can cause all types of other issues for the body.  So far I don’t have many of those symptoms or issues.  I really don’t want to develop any either and I hope not to report back anything about Stage 3.  The scale only goes to Stage 5 which is pretty much complete failure.
So that’s my situation as of now.  I will do another blood workup in 30 days and hopefully, the kidney situation will not deteriorate.

30 thoughts on “Here’s looking at you, kidney…”

  1. Many ailments can be fixed with diet. As icecream was pointed out as a contributor to poor health, you can buy or make vegan icecream. Home made vegan icecream is best made with coconut milk, sugar and flavoring, imho. As a vegan I think you can fix all the ailments and get off the drugs just by eliminating all animal products.

  2. Be careful with the Tylenol/codeine pills. Codeine does a number on me every time, nausea, dizziness, etc. Be careful.

  3. All the best, Jonco! I’m a kidney disease survivor (33 years now – lost one kidney, but still have a working one.)

  4. Best wishes, like Mike I kept waiting for the punchline. You do have so many fans, nay, extended family around the world wishing you the best!

  5. makes a person think twice about about the small trivial things one whines about…..hope you find health Jonco…God bless.

  6. If you wake up in a tub of ice with two slits on your sides, then you no longer have to panic. You can just say… Joke’s on you!

  7. Goodness gracious, you had me going there for a Minute – I really thought you were posting something humorous!! Take good care of yourself Jonco, we Need you around to entertain us with all the good stuff coming from you on your blog. Regards from Switzerland.

  8. I was also waiting for the punch line. A warning about Tylenol, it’s really bad for your liver. If you drink alcohol, even on occasion, the bad effect is multiplied significantly. We’re all pulling for you.

  9. Wishing you the best in your fight. It’s strange how our bodies can seem so indestructible and fragile all at the same time. Just know that you have all of the prayers, good vibes and intentions in the world flowing your way as we are all pulling for you.

  10. Wishing you the best Jonco, hopefully the meds will be sorted and get you sorted out as quickly as possible. Take it easy and look after yourself…

  11. Take Care, my friend. Sending lots of loving vibes your way! It seems like every med we take has side effects. 🙁

  12. Well sh**! I also thought there was a punchline coming. Between you and Denny and all the other brothers with problems, I guess we’re all just getting old and our bodies are wearing out. Can’t say I’m surprised, we’ve all abused our bodies pretty much over the years. Stage 2 is early in the game, though. Keep a good attitude and maybe you can post that punchline soon! Love you…and saying a prayer for you too.

  13. I’m only glad to see that I wasn’t the only one waiting for the punchline…and I too wish you well, and a speedy recovery!

  14. Jonco
    with the Tylenol and codeine, you now have chance of coming down with OIC, saw it on TV last night. Opiate induced constipation. It’s for real if you take on a regular basis.
    Me too wanted the punch line…
    I’m not much for vegan’s but what was said is true…. but vegan ice cream. NO way

    • I’m not vegan but have not been able to eat dairy for a year and a half. Over that time I’ve finally found a vegan ice cream that was divine. It’s way better than I could have imagined. And I’ve tried a lot of “ice creams” and none compare to this brand: Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss. Seriously, I had my family taste it and they love it. It’s not cheap but worth it since I finally found something I enjoy.
      Another ok brand is So Delicious. It’s easier to find. But not as creamy.

  15. Jonco, a dearly departed and much older friend of mine once told me “Don’t get old.” but I’ve refused to follow his instructions. Now I have to consider some behavior modification myself. If you want a decent ice cream substitute, try Coconut Bliss. It got a Women’s Choice Award, and it’s really quite good even though I don’t have a lot of love for coconut.

    • I don’t know. I’m guessing they’re going by readings in my blood tests that show a problem. I don’t think they can tell if it’s one or both, at this stage, anyway.

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