Like "Melissa, I have gone though that in 2006. Only I ended up semi-comatose on my bedroom floor for 5 days and nights and when my son came to find me, he took me to the ER. At the ER I was informed that an infection had completely shut down my kidneys and I'd need to go on hemodialysis. From the ER I went to the operating room to have a catheter tube inserted into one of my blood vessels and then I was hooked up to a dialysis machine. I spent about 2.5 weeks in the intensive care unit and then a few days on the hospital medical floor. I am not trying to scare you, nor am I playing "can you top this". There are a lot of folks here who have various stages of Chronic Kidney Disease. Yes it happens! >> One thing I need to ask, have you been on Metformin? And are you still on it now? If you are, I would talk to your Dr ASAP and ask for a different medication to manage your diabetes. I believe my metformin use (11 yrs) weakened my kidneys. I would refuse to take it again. I was on hemodialysis for 10 months (off of it July 2007). But now I am teetering on the brink of going back on hemodialysis now for about 1 year. Here are some resources I have found useful for kidney issues http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/diabetes.pdf http://www.livestrong.com/article/316220-renal-diabetic-diet-foods/ http://www.aakp.org/newsletters/KB-The-Magazine/Diet-Tips-&-Bits/diet-restrictions/ There are other resources I could share with you, but I don't want to overwhelm you. Following the meal plans listed will help your kidneys to function better when the infection is over. I suspect your kidneys will be weakened from now on. Follow the recommendations for a Kidney meal plan, and any progression in decline of kidney function will be slowed. Blessings to you and yours James Baker"