All Is Not Well With My Kidneys

Wuan took me to UMMC for my scheduled medical check-up today. The blood test revealed that my serum creatinine has hit the roof again – 289umol/l. This is the highest level yet. and is an indication that something is not right. I had to see the dietician to review my low-protein diet again. I have been stuffing myself with rice to appease the hunger pangs during meals. My allowable daily rice quota is one bowl but I have consistently blew it by adding another bowl into each meal. Rice contains protein. This I have to replace with fruits from now on. Fruits too contain protein but in lower amounts than rice.

In addition to Detrusitol for my overactive bladder, and Lactulose and Dulcolax for my bowel management, Dr. Chung, the doctor on duty, also prescribed calcium (calcium lactate), iron (ferrous fumarate) and folic acid tablets. According to him, after so many years of not walking, my bones would have become osteoporotic. The fact that I have not been keepng to my standing exercises aggravated the condition. The calcium supplement was to reduce the osteoporosis. The iron and folic acid tablets were to replace the Sangobion that I have been taking for aneamia. He also wrote a referral for me to see a urologist to perform a urodynamic test to determine the pressure in my bladder. Looks like I have to go back for a series of tests and to collect my medication on a regular basis from now on. That I have to do nonetheless in order to maintain the health of my kidneys and other complications associated with spinal cord injury.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “All Is Not Well With My Kidneys”

  1. Brother, you need to be strict in your diet liao or else how am I suppose to take you out to meals when you are back in Penang. No roti canai oso liao.

    My fren please do take care of your health.

    Can, if I plan my meals properly. Roti canai nia?

  2. Yea, no more nasi lemak next time!

    Btw, I still yet to see your City.
    Bila mau balik kampung?

    Take care ya!

    Who say nasi lemak cannot? Eat in moderation still can.

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