One year ago I wrote the below blog in honor of National Kidney Month. Instead of rewriting all the great tips and sharing the links, I decided just to repost. You see, I have a very personal connection to kidneys as I only have one. In fact, just this weekend someone asked me, "Well can't you just go get another one put in or something?" (Oh, if only it were that simple!)
We here at the Reeve Foundation hear all too often about urinary tract and bladder infections for those living with spinal cord injuries. Be sure to show some love to your bean shaped organs and read all the tips below for staying healthy. Happy National Kidney Month everyone!... Now go eat some cranberries!!
Just about three-years-ago, I came in for an interview for an internship here at the Reeve Foundation. Just as I ask every potential intern interviewee now, I was asked then, "Well, why the Reeve Foundation? Why do you want to intern with us?" I've heard tons of answers, but not one that was the same as mine.
I answered very honestly in saying, "I am living with one kidney, was born that way, had two surgeries when I was four to correct the one I was one born with. When I was younger, I felt so different because of it, now I like that it makes me, me. So I kind of think the way I feel 'different' is in a way how individuals living with disabilities might feel 'different' sometimes."
Okay so needless to say, I got the job! But now you're probably wondering "why in the heck is she writing this?!" Well my friends, that's because today, March 8, is WORLD KIDNEY DAY
! March overall is National Kidney Month, but today, I say we should celebrate these fancy bean-shaped organs of ours. I might only have one, but I sure do appreciate all the work it does.
So here are some things for you to check out on our website. First of all, individuals living with paralysis and spinal cord injuries are prone to urinary tract infections (UTI.) Here is tons of info on bladder management
from the Paralysis Resource Center and also a fact sheet on Bladder Management
, too. (Picture from WebMD)
Here's a note about UTI's:
The key to preventing UTI is to halt the spread of bacteria into the bladder. Proper cleaning of urinary care supplies can help prevent infection. Sediment in the urine can collect in tubing and connectors. This can make it harder for your urine to drain and can make it easier for bacteria to spread. Clean skin is also an important step in preventing infection.
Drinking the proper amount of fluids helps to "wash out" bacteria and other waste materials from the bladder. This can help prevent UTI and lessens the chance of other problems of the urinary system. Learn more!
Oh, and cranberries! Your bladder and kidneys will love you for drinking cranberry juice, eating the berries, or even cranberry vitamin pills. Dr. Spine tells us all about how cranberries could help in his cranberry video. Watch it!
And be sure to join the UTIs group here in the online community. Lots of good discussion going on here, so join in! Speaking of online community, check out Blog Squad member, Candace Cable's post "What's a matter with my bladder?"
Happy World Kidney Day everyone!
Love your kidneys!!!!
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