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Hypertension All Over Again

Rebound Hypertension
Rebound high blood pressure is blood pressure elevation in response to stopping or reducing hypertension medications. It literally means blood pressure once put under control rebounds.

Reference – Hypertension-Bloodpressure-Center

I have been dealing with Rebound Hypertension the whole last quarter of year 2014. Being as such described above, rebounds in high blood pressure among us CKD & dialysis patients are a common occurrence. With all the medications I take and constant fluctuations in electrolyte balance, high blood pressure getting uncontrolled is always a looming threat. Add a malfunctioning kidney that regulates the pressure in the mix, and you’ve got yourself something to make your brain cells burn from figuring out how to control your blood pressure problems.

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It took me almost the whole last quarter of last year to bring down my blood pressure to tolerable levels. Before that, my daily BP average hovers at the 180 systolic range, and come late afternoon it would drastically spike up to 220. Although I’m asymptomatic – meaning I don’t feel common side effects of high BP like headaches and nausea – the spikes still worries me like hell. It’s constant like clockwork for like two months and I resorted to taking sub-lingual antihypertensive in the afternoon, when the spike is at its peak, just to bring it down to nominal levels. Let me tell you first hand that this is not the way to go since there are instances that the meds could bring down your pressure drastically to critical levels, rendering you flat.

After numerous visits to my Nephrologist and constant adjustments of my blood pressure medicines, I’m glad to say that I’m starting to get my BP down into tolerable levels. Still far from the acceptable levels for CKD & dialysis patients, but enough for now to set my mind at ease a bit.

This is among the obstacles that I often encounter living with CKD & dialysis. I just cope. It’s still a long road to take, a never-ending battle to fight.

  I intend to Survive…

 

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Blogging Again

   “Away for too long…”

That’s how its been these past 3 years with regards to my blogging duties. Forgotten? Not likely. Neglected? Absolutely not! Let’s just say I “tucked in away”  blogging for a while for other more important matters like having to settle my dialysis treatment regimen and other financial and logistics concerns. But I’m back into blogging again, that’s what matters now. Hitting those keys and the sound of keyboard clatter as I typed away my insights felt like a welcome lullaby, soothing my overspent brain cells from dialysis.

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2015 is here and there’s so many things I wanted to share with my readers. Things that happened the past 3 years of blogging hiatus.

There’s more to come, that’s for sure…

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A Road Trip That Did Me Good

I had a recent hiatus from blogging and wasn’t able to update my blogs due to a road trip I just took recently. My aunt, the one who’s been supporting my treatment, came here in the Philippines and we went on vacation. We went to our hometown in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. I had a chance for a vacation and also got the chance to see tha Bangui Wind Farm. I’ll get to tell you more about my road trip on my other blog, but that’s for another time.

The crux of this article is that taking a vacation, though how short, would be good for you as a dialysis patient. Taking a time off from the routines of treatment will help you lessen the stress you’re already feeling. And if you’re lucky, it will also wipe off the depression that’s already starting to creep behind you.

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So, whether you’re a patient or not, I advise that you take some time off from all the stresses in your life. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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Don’t Let The Flu Get You

Don’t let the flu get you.

This is my mantra whenever the rainy season sets in. Influenza or the flu is more rampant during this season and being a dialysis patient puts me in a much higher risk of contracting the virus. People with kidney failure have weak immune systems, so therefore we are more susceptible to contagious diseases such as flu.

What is the Flu?

Influenza (the flu) is a virus that attacks
the breathing system—your nose,
throat, and lungs. It causes:
  • Fever and chills
  • Severe muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • A dry cough
  • A runny or stuffy nose.

Somebody who catches the virus should not ignore the symptoms and take steps to hold it in check. A kidney failure patient catching the virus must consult to his doctor for further medical advice. The point of the matter is that the symptoms of the virus should not be ignored, especially by those who are immuno-compromised.

Tip: Many other severe health problems—like sepsis (blood poisoning)—also start out with “flulike” symptoms. If you feel like you have the flu, you need to see a doctor.

Your Best Defense is a Good Offense

They say that prevention is the best way to counter any disease. True enough. But what if you’re already past the prevention stage? What if you’re at high risk from contracting it? Being on the offensive is the best strategy you could do against the virus. And the best offensive is having yourself immunized. A normal person needs a single dose of Flu Vaccine, while dialysis patients needs to double the dose administered.

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Flu Complications

Even though the flu is a virus, it can lead to bacterial infections:

  • If your teeth or cheekbones ache and your nasal mucus is green or yellow, you may have a sinus infection.
  • If you cough up yellow or green mucus, are short of breath, and/or have stabbing chest pain when you breathe, you may have pneumonia.

In either case, you may need antibiotics, and you need to see your doctor. Pneumonia can be very serious. If you have trouble breathing or you can’t keep your fluids in balance, go to the hospital. Let them take care of you for a while until you feel better.

Tip: Keep a list of all drugs you take and their doses, and a copy of your health history. Bring it along if you need to go to the hospital to save time and help ensure that you get the right treatment.

It’s already hard enough for a patient to battle the complications that kidney failure and dialysis brings. Adding other conditions would only worsen a patient’s situation, along with his perspectives and will to fight the battle. So make it habit to note the things and conditions that would greatly affect you as a dialysis patient. And always keep it mind that prevention is still the best way to counter a threat to your health and to keep you fighting the battle.

image credit / – Flu reference: Home Dialysis Central

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