Beyond the loss of a much younger sibling, and my good friend, George’s, devastation is understandably aggravated by the realization that she had had kidney problem for a while without knowing.
The doctor had always treated her for ulcer or some other minor stomach ailment, but unbeknownst to all, her kidney was failing all the while. And last week, the vital organ gave up wholly. She just passed away… less than 5 months after her wedding, painfully.
After that, this young woman’s demise is another unfortunate reminder of not just the state of our healthcare system, but also our carelessness as human beings. This is not intended to excoriate the deceased but to put us, the living, on notice.
At least prevention is better than cure, they say. Knowledge is power. It is rare for a kidney much less both kidney failure or kidney problems namely:
- Chronic hypertension
- Self medication, especially painkillers
Knowing that you are hypertensive or diabetic or there’s history of kidney disease in your immediate or extended family could be a life-saver.
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