The good thing is that I was pretty much able to finish everything. The bad news is that I felt like I was going to faint the entire time. It was a much different feeling than before....if I'd bend down to look at something and then stand up, the world got a little darker, and it's like cotton got stuck in my ears. It was always temporary, and I just stopped what I was doing and stood there until I regained control of myself.
I haven't felt like this before, but for some reason I thought it'd be a good idea to check my blood pressure when I got home, so I did, and it freaked me out because it was 89/63. For some, that may be normal, but not for me. I'm very consistent around 110/80. I've never recorded a pressure this low. It started at 4:09pm when I started tracking it, and still how, near 10:0pm, it hasn't changed much.
I've read that eating salt can bring it up again, so that's what I'm doing. I drank a can of tomato juice, took a bath, and am eating some salty stuff. I called an ask-a-nurse service, but I feel like when they hear "chronic kidney disease" they nearly instantly send you to the emergency room. I thought about it, but I DON'T want to spend tonight in the ER or hospital. They'll probably just give me bags of fluids and tell me I'm dehydrated, and then I'll spend $200 for that, so I think I'll wait it out. I'm drinking water, eating lots of water-filled veggies, like cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes (because that's about all I can stomach right now).
I read a few interesting things yesterday that explained how/why my appetite has gone off the cliff lately...
Here's a link: http://kidneytrust.org/learn/symptoms-ckd/
I think we're getting to the Uremia part:
- Skin rash
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite for meats (protein) - this one explains SO much!
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Bad “ammonia” breath
- Weight loss (from loss of appetite)
I've had a really hard time eating protein of any kind. I tried to cook a nice meal the other day when co-worker came over, and I could only eat about a 1/4 of it, and this is from the girl who didn't want to labor in a hospital when I was pregnant because I was afraid they wouldn't let me eat!
I'm just hoping that I'm doing the right thing. It's nearly impossible to know anymore what the "right" thing is.