My Journey with Kidney Failure
Welcome to my Kidney Failure Diary
When I first heard that I had kidney failure it was a blow to the psyche. My mother has suffered from kidney disease which came from years of alcohol abuse. Watching my mother suffer through dialysis was very hard to do. I somehow believed that she deserved it believe it or not. The reason I say this is because I believe that if you party hard then you leave this earth a bit early. I realize just how wrong that belief is now. While watching my mother endure this hardship I never thought that I would face the same predicament.
Some Background Information
Diabetes was the gateway that led to the disease. As a diabetic, I did not regard my diet at all. I believe that my doctors played into that a little bit allowing me to take insulin with each meal allowed me to eat what I wanted. Except I did not take my insulin with every meal. This caused my diabetes to become a runaway freight train. I ate what I wanted and did not take my medicine as prescribed.
Changing my attitudes on food!
Ever since I was diagnosed with kidney failure I have diligently watched my blood sugar. As I have watched my blood sugar I have begun to reverse the effects of insulin on my body in a positive light. I now find that by taking my long-acting insulin once a day that I keep my sugars mostly in check and control. I take my insulin daily now because the kidney failure has made even my diabetes more real to me. I don’t know why the kidney failure was the wake-up call that I needed when over my life, I have had many severe health afflictions.
The Kidney Failure Wake-up call!
I have even had heart failure and died three times in my past. And that was not enough to wake me up to see my dangerous attitudes towards food. I was placed on a strict low sodium diet which I thought I followed religiously. However, I was still consuming fats and other things that were not good for me.
I have known that I suffer from kidney disease for the past six months or so. I have seen a kidney specialist once at Denver Health but nothing was prescribed or done to help my kidneys in any way. I will tell you this. It is a public hospital and they are doing the best they can with what they have. However, they are way understaffed and way over crowded.
Under Great Care Now!
A foot ulcer brought me under the great care of Colorado Kidney Clinic where I receive my nephrology treatment now. In January of 2017, I had a foot ulcer which turned ugly fast. It was severely infected and caused me to have to go to Saint Joseph’s hospital in Denver, Colorado. At this hospital, they began an overhaul of all my health issues after having undergone surgery for the foot ulcer and being admitted for a week. While here I changed my doctors from the Denver Health system to the SCL Health System and came under the care of my kidney doctor, Doctor Parkhie.
I also found out that some of my heart medicines were affecting my kidneys in a very bad way. Luckily, I could live on lower dosages of furosemide and keep the fluid down and that would help my kidneys. I currently sit at stage four of kidney disease and dialysis is inevitable. However, I have hope that my dietary changes will help stay that if possible and possibly help me to move lower down the kidney disease track. So, welcome to my first diary entry. I’m glad you’re here!
Chef Kenny Green grew up in Denver, Colorado to two developmentally disabled parents. He always had a love of cooking sitting in his great aunt’s kitchen watching her make the best soul food. After high school, he enrolled at the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Utah and studied the Culinary Arts program graduating as a certified chef with the American Association of Hotels and Restaurants. He is also a certified baker. Having kidney disease as of last year he is changing his diet to live a more fulfilled life! Welcome to the journey!