Hi There , My journey has been so farva bit of whirl wind.I am lucky enough to have private health cover through my emoloyer therefore within the last week and a half I have had an ultra sound and CT scan as well as.a diagnosis for RCC. I am due to have surgery on Wednesday this week. I am very grateful for how quickly this has progressed as the pressure of waiting was bad enough for me and I realise I am lucky compared to weeks of waiting for some.
My closest friends and family now know but why do I feel very alone ? It's so hard putting on a brave face when all I want to do is whail /sob from the top of my lungs !!
My partner is quite closed down and does not respond well to tears etc so I feel as if I am carrying on as if it's just an in growing toe nail removed rather than a kidney.To top it all off my employer called me last week and thought i would be back at work in weeks.
I dont wish to wallow in feeling sorry for myself but at the same time am finding really hard to stay upbeat for everyone else's sake
Is this a normal experience for others or am I being selfish
Good luck for your op very soon
How was the op? Hope you've had a decent sleep n are feeling a bit perky.Thinking of u x
The op apparently went fine . I was taken to HDU as I was struggling a bit. Yesterday was a bit rubbish as they couldn't get pain or sicknesd under control which wasn't nice . Today I am feeling much better so it's onwards and upwards from here
Glad you're feeling better much better today x
Aww Spin, so glad the op went well xx Glad to hear that you're feeling better today too xx Love and hugs xx
Love and hugs
ive also had my kidney removed last month, no one advised me about diet, I know my remaining kidney took a dip in function, but I don't know yet how much ,did you have any advice ? carol x
my surgeon immediately after surgery told me to have a low protein diet. I didn’t cut all protein out of my diet but halved it. So half a chicken breast instead of a whole one. Half a yoghurt etc. It seems to have worked as my remaining kidney is doing a good job by itself!
Glad to here the op went well. I think you're day 4 now so hopefully nearly ready to go home. Looks like it's going to be sunny this weekend - so out in that garden to relax!!
My friend really struggled to regain function until he did a lot of research and started to drink Nettle tea (Holland & Barret, or Waitrose do a mint nettle mix). After a year of no joy, his function corrected immediately. On his advice I drank it from day one and never had a dip. I have no idea if that's luck or voodoo, but worth a shot. Once you get used to the taste (it's not unpleasant) its actually quite refreshing instead of builders tea. Good luck!
I will get some asap thanks for sharing x carol
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