What is kidney failure?
Kidney failure, also known as end-stage kidney disease, is a medical condition in which the kidneys no longer function. ... Causes of acute kidney failure include low blood pressure, blockage of the urinary tract, certain medications, muscle breakdown, and hemolytic uremic syndrome.
According to the kidney specialist I have Berger’s disease.
IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger's disease, is a kidney disease that occurs when IgA deposits build up in the kidneys, causing inflammation that damages kidney tissues. IgA is an antibody—a protein made by the immune system to protect the body from foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses.
I am fortunate to be able to do peritoneal dialysis and I attach myself to a bag every four hours, every day. I start at 6 am and finish at 10pm. So at 6am, 10am, 2pm and 6pm I stop what I do – scrub and sterilise my hands, sterilise the workspace and perform this function. At 10pm I drain out the 6pm liquid and sleep dry. The next day at 6am I start again. This is done every day!! I have been on peritoneal dialysis since May 2015.
Peritoneal dialysis (per-ih-toe-NEE-ul die-AL-uh-sis) is a way to remove waste products from your blood when your kidneys can no longer do the job adequately. A cleansing fluid flows through a tube (catheter) into part of your abdomen and filters waste products from your blood.