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By ston3xc Latest Reply 2011-01-26 15:03:35 -0600
Started 2010-11-17 12:13:42 -0600

My son is now needing dialysis and I would like to know about special diet needs. I've been on a couple of websites about dialysis and have learned a little about food dos and don'ts. My son and I are a little Freaked! out about the suddenly ocurring events. I'm just trying to gather as much information as I can while I'm waiting for the next step to be made. I've learned that I can get a lot of information from this site. Bless you all!

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Heriot 2011-01-26 15:03:35 -0600 Report

No carbonated beverages. You know how on a hot summer day you drink a nice icy coke down real fast and your stomach bloats out and you let out a burp? Well, lucky for us our stomach can do that, but the rest of the cells in our body can't. One can of soda and the carbonation gets absorbed into all of our cells, including the brain naturally, and our cells swell up twice their normal size and the carboxicillic acid (the carbonation) gets trapped in the cell. Then the body has to rob 2 mollicules of water from somewhere else, kidneys, skin and bone, to take those 2 mollicules of water into the cell to grab ahold of the one molecule of carboxillic acid (the carbonation) and pull it out of the cell, that causes the swollen cell to shrivel up, hence giving us headache. Then the carbonation is taken to our kidneys and dumped as pure sodium, which our kidneys can't get rid of. It doesn't show up on x-ray, or ct or mri or ultrasound because it is sodium, not like a kidney stone. Then your body urinates out all that water that your body just robbed from somewhere else. Psychologically you have quenched your thirst, buy physiologically you have just tripled it. So that's why 20 minutes later you need another soda. That's why soda went from 6 oz to 8, to 12, to 15 to 18 to 20 to 24 oz. The more you drink, the thirstier you get. You notice it more with beer because beer is not sweet, but it seems that the more you drink the thirstier you get, seems like you drink one can of beer and go pee out 2 cans, yea, you do. In the long run, your kidneys start to bleed, and shrivel up, and when you die and they do an autopsy and cut open your kidneys, they are all shriveled up. Soda and carbonation is dangerous, stay away from it. I know people that are addicted, they drink a 6 pack a day, one for breakfast, mid morning, lunch, mid afternoon, dinner and after dinner. Some did that for 20 years, guess what, they are now on dialysis. Good luck. PS, 4 ounces won't hurt if you can stop at that, must most people want to drink the whole can. Nancy the Nurse.

MAYS 2010-11-17 18:19:28 -0600 Report


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ston3xc 2010-11-17 18:46:39 -0600 Report

Thanks for the link, I found that one yesterday and it was very informative. I had no idea that being on dialysis would require a diet that is even more restrictive than a diabetic diet. Everyone should follow that link and read it, maybe a few of us would thank our lucky stars and eat our veggies without complaining!

ston3xc 2010-11-17 18:03:18 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for your concerns and support! I was hoping that someone with personal experience would post some encouragement that i could show to him. When I go to see him, I'm taking my laptop and will show him that he can get alot of information, advice, and alot of support from this wonderful site. If nothing else, maybe in the future, he can offer support to someone who will be going through the same thing he is now. Thanks again for your support, I'm glad you are one of my friends!

RAYT721 2010-11-17 13:08:25 -0600 Report

I am so sorry to hear of what you and your son are going through and I so totally understand the fears, feelings and frustrations. It's wise to do the research that you are doing and while I wish I could steer you to help, the only things coming to mind are the United Way Agencies "First Call for Help" databases or through the community service agencies in your local yellow pages. Another suggestion is to ask your doctor(s) for guidance and/or look into a social worker or counselor because the the medical issues your son is facing will affect his mind, body and soul. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and that I am on your friends list if you need to laugh, cry, or just in need of a virtual hug.

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