About Kidneys

As you may know, my dad is fighting for his life in ICU and we are all waiting/praying/hoping/bargaining that his kidneys will start working again. So, here is a little info about how important kidneys are. This information comes from www.medicinenet.com

What are the kidneys?

The kidneys play key roles in body function, not only by filtering the blood and getting rid of waste products, but also by balancing levels of electrolytes in the body, controlling blood pressure, and stimulating the production of red blood cells.

The kidneys have the ability to monitor the amount of body fluid, the concentrations of electrolytes like sodium and potassium, and the acid-base balance of the body. They filter waste products of body metabolism, like urea from protein metabolism and uric acid from DNA breakdown.

What causes kidney failure?

Kidney failure can occur from an acute situation or from chronic problems.

In acute renal failure, kidney function is lost rapidly and can occur from a variety of insults to the body. The list of causes is often categorized based on where the injury has occurred. [But in my dad’s case:]

Sepsis: The body’s immune system is overwhelmed from infection and causes inflammation and shutdown of the kidneys.

Dad’s nephrologist (kidney doctor) and his RN both stated that the kidneys are the hardest hit when the body goes into septic shock. But because the kidney is so vital to regulating blood pressure, blood pH, and electrolytes, it is sort of a Catch-22. The loss of blood pressure due to sepsis takes out the kidneys, but it is the kidneys that need to be functioning properly in order to regulate blood pressure.

Thank you all again who have prayed, regardless of your religious conviction or creed or tradition (or lack of all of the above), I believe wholeheartedly that it makes a difference.

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