Dehydratation and kidney failure

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  1. Princessa profile image85
    Princessaposted 10 years ago

    Last night I had bad news.  After two days with gastroenteritis (resulting in acute diarrhea).  My father was taken to hospital as his kidneys had stopped working. 

    Otherwise a healthy man, at 56, he never had kidney troubles until yesterday.  After intensive care and an overnight stay in hospital, the doctors managed to get his kidneys back into working.

    Aparently, the kidney failure was just caused by acute dehydratation.  He still has the gastroenteritis but at least his kidneys are working again. 

    As the summer and holiday season approaches, I just want to say to  anyone that might suffer from gastroenteritis to keep drinking water.  Even if you cannot eat, keep drinking.  Do not allow your body to become dehydrated.  And take special care with children and the elderly.

    1. knutfg profile image45
      knutfgposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Over the last 6 months I have learned a lot about water and the quality of water and how it works to hydrate our bodies, help get rid of waste and many other functions. One extremely important aspect of water (besides drinking enough) is the quality of the water. It turns out that we should drink alkaline water to counter act our modern lifestyle, which generates far too much acidic waste (more than what the body can process). The effect of this is belly fat and a number of other not so nice consequences.

      Drinking alkaline water, my wife got rid of cronic cosntipation and acid reflux within 3 weeks, my atopic dermatitis is all but gone and we both feel energetic all the day. We make sure to drink half our body weight in ounces of water per day and we feel great. Actually, the health benefits of this water are so numerous that it just sounds like hype telling about it, but if you like to know more, feel free to contact me by phone or email. :-) Actually, one of the great things about it is that you produce this water in your own kitchen and you do not need to lug questionable quality water bottles from the grocery.

      Knut
      786 200 2292
      kfgplaytime@gmail.com

    2. fakonig profile image32
      fakonigposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I trust that your father will be well soon. Good advice about the water, our bodies need between 6 to eight glasses of pure water a day in order to function properly.

      It is one of the 1st building block to better health. Drink enough water and you'll dissolve numerous health conditions.

    3. VioletSun profile image77
      VioletSunposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Princessa wrote:

      Last night I had bad news.  After two days with gastroenteritis (resulting in acute diarrhea).  My father was taken to hospital as his kidneys had stopped working. 

      Otherwise a healthy man, at 56, he never had kidney troubles until yesterday.  After intensive care and an overnight stay in hospital, the doctors managed to get his kidneys back into working.

      Aparently, the kidney failure was just caused by acute dehydratation.  He still has the gastroenteritis but at least his kidneys are working again.  >>>

      Princesa: I was stunned when I read your post!  First of all, good to hear your dad is back to normal by the time, I read this post. I am also healthy, but  I had the stomach flu for the first time in my life, early this year which lasted 7 days which resulted in acute diarrhea, but, since I have health awareness,  I had my mate get me water with electrolytes and I drank plenty of water but I was thinking of protecting the heart; a friend of mine who is a health consultant advised that I take probiotics, and that healed me. Thanks so much for alerting us all!

  2. Misha profile image71
    Mishaposted 10 years ago

    All the best to your farther, Princessa!

    Let him get better soon.

  3. C.M. Vanderlinden profile image62
    C.M. Vanderlindenposted 10 years ago

    I hope your father gets well soon. I'm glad you mentioned the elderly, as well. My husband's grandmother is in the hospital right now. About two weeks ago, she suddenly was unable to walk. The family rushed her to the hospital. The diagnosis: she'd had a mini-stroke brought on by severe dehydration. She's been doing physical therapy, and is able to do a slow, shuffling walk  from her  bed to a chair.  She's  slowly getting better, and is expected to make a full recovery, but it's mindblowing to think about  the fact that something like dehydration  can have such a consequence.

  4. thooghun profile image81
    thooghunposted 10 years ago

    As a former dialysis patient you have my heartfelt wishes in the hope of a swift return to normality for your father.

  5. Princessa profile image85
    Princessaposted 10 years ago

    Thanks for your get well wishes guys smile .  So far my father is responding well to treatment. 

    I  still find amazing what dehydratation can do to the body.  Vanderlinden, I hope things go better with your husband's grandmother.  I didn't know that dehydratation could trigger a stroke !!! 

    I remember my daugther was in hospital for a week when she was one year old because she was also severely dehydrated during a heat wave in Spain coupled with a gastroenteritis.  I did not realize at the time how dangerous it was.

  6. Marisa Wright profile image96
    Marisa Wrightposted 10 years ago

    I do hope your father gets better.  Gastroenteritis can cause dangerous levels of dehydration - anyone suffering from a tummy upset needs to be sure to drink lots, preferably rehydrating salts rather than just plain water.  Cordial is a good backup if you don't have the rehydrating salts.  Or see if they can manage to eat a banana. 

    The elderly sometimes don't drink enough normally - just like they don't eat enough!  However, it's also not a good thing to go to the other extreme and guzzle pints of water every day.  Too much water can flush out water-soluble nutrients and there is even such a thing as water intoxication, which can be fatal.  Like everything, moderation is key.

    It used to be said that if you were thirsty, you were already dehydrated.  That's no longer considered true.  Provided your health is normal, listen to your body and give it fluids when it asks for them, and that's all you need.  And tea, coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices and soups are just as effective at hydrating as plain water.

    1. Kelley Eidem profile image57
      Kelley Eidemposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Amen, Marisa!

      Flushing oneself with water can be dangerous, especially when the person has diarrhea. I have a friend who went into to a coma from drinking water without taking in enough salts and minerals.

      Your advice is golden with one modification. Coffee and soft drink with caffeine are produce increased urination, so they are are dehydrating beverages. 

      The best to you.

      Kelley Eidem
      Together we can cure cancer - one person at a time!

      1. Marisa Wright profile image96
        Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Kelley, like most of the population, I always thought so.  However recently, there have been a couple of studies where they've compared a group of people drinking just coffee with a group drinking water, and at the end of each day, they found the coffee-drinking group were just as hydrated as the water-drinking group.  There's obviously more work to be done, but it does call into question what we've all accepted up till now. 

        Not that I would recommend anyone drink more than one or two caffeine-containing beverages a day, anyway.

  7. Princessa profile image85
    Princessaposted 10 years ago

    Thanks everybody for their get well wishes.  My father is Ok now.  I guess he will pay more attention to his diet now.

  8. BoCot profile image51
    BoCotposted 10 years ago

    Good News, you better watch him for a while and make sure he does follow through. I have friends that after their diabetes crisis is past they go  back to what they was doing before.

    Good Luck,
    BoCot

  9. Maddie Ruud profile image77
    Maddie Ruudposted 10 years ago

    Sorry to hear about your father.  The power of hydration is highly underestimated.  It's for this very reason that I wrote a hub on the subject.  Check it out here if you're at all interested.

  10. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 10 years ago

    So what's the story on DCA (Dichloroacetate)

  11. Jared L profile image62
    Jared Lposted 10 years ago

    Sorry to hear abt your father. Family is the most important part of our lives.

    On the subject of hydration, i had read about a recent study that suggest that drinking 8 glasses of water a day does not actually help to purge toxins from the body, much less to keep our skin tone looking good.

    I wrote abt it in this Hub Drinking Lots Of Water Can Be Harmful if anyone is interested.

 
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