Thursday, December 11, 2008

Info On My Mom... (While I have the chance...)

Before I head out the door, (I'll be watching my mom for a few days), I just got off the phone with her and had a little more information on her condition. She's in Stage 3 Renal Failure. Which basically means that her kidney (only one of her kidneys actually works) is dying. If she stays as healthy as she can, then she might live out the decade. I'll be on her Last Wishes statement, making sure that when the time comes, that her wishes will be respected.

Right now I'm doing OK. I actually think that this is a much better scenario than can be expected. I know she's going to die. I've honestly thought she wouldn't live much longer, her health has always been poor, and it's somewhat comforting knowing that her death won't be unexpected (like my brother's death was. He died last December 4th of suicide).

Anyway, she's doing better. She said she went on a long walk today, in spite of her doctor's suggestion (as exercise would dehydrate her, which could be deadly), but she said she drank lots of water and I'm encouraging her to do so.

(GFR basically means the rate at which the kidney filters your blood. CKD just means Chronic Kidney Disease.)

Stage 1 CKD

Slightly diminished function; Kidney damage with normal or increased GFR (>90 mL/min/1.73 m2). Kidney damage is defined as pathologic abnormalities or markers of damage, including abnormalities in blood or urine test or imaging studies.

Stage 2 CKD

Mild reduction in GFR (60-89 mL/min/1.73 m2) with kidney damage. Kidney damage is defined as pathologic abnormalities or markers of damage, including abnormalities in blood or urine test or imaging studies.

Stage 3 CKD

Moderate reduction in GFR (30-59 mL/min/1.73 m2). British guidelines distinguish between stage 3A (GFR 45-59) and stage 3B (GFR 30-44) for purposes of screening and referral.

Stage 4 CKD

Severe reduction in GFR (15-29 mL/min/1.73 m2) Preparation for renal replacement therapy

Stage 5 CKD

Established kidney failure (GFR <15>


And one last thing before I sign off, Paul and I are looking at a thing called International Media Ministries. I'll write more about that later, as it's not set in stone, but I think that will be a good opportunity and it'll be great to do something... tangible for the Lord. I know He doesn't measure our 'deeds' like that, but it's something that has always been on Paul's heart (the ministry), so that might be something we will do in the coming years.


Mommy to those Special Ks said...

WOW. What a hard bit of info to take in :(. I will be praying that she takes good care of herself and is around for a long time!

Candi said...

Praying for your mom! I actually was a dialysis technician at the last job I worked at, so I know all about kidney failure.

Lisa & Gerald said...

Thinking of you guys!
It's great to hear your mom is still active and wants to go for walks!

Violet said...

Hi Sarah!
I totally feel you. My Dad starts Chemo and Radiation in a few weeks and facing the VERY likely possibility of losing him is so scary. But, I'm the most stable as well so, if thing did start to look more grim, I'm likely the one who will make those decisions as well.

I'm praying friend. For both of us. As soon as you get settled back here, give me a call so I can come give yah a hug!