Gift the kidney patient in your life a Colossal Kidney Plush this holiday season. They will love the kidney you give them, even if it is a plush!
My Thoughts about Colossal Kidney Plush –
If you follow OMG Goodies on Facebook, you know that I said on November 1st I had an announcement for all my readers. What I wanted everyone to know is that I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. The way I found out was not normal. I was having issues like being tired, losing my hair, pain in my neck. I thought I had a thyroid issue. When I went to the doctor, I told them I needed a full blood workup done to see what in the world was wrong with me.
A month later the test came back and I went to see the doctor for the results. I figured I was going to have thyroid disease and life would go on. As she was checking my results, everything was good. Then she double checked my eGFR, it was 49. She told me she needed to do more blood work and send it to the lab. The next day, I got a call from her and she told me that it dropped to 47. At that point, she told me she was referring me to the renal doctor. On July 25th, 2016 I went to the renal doctor.
Chronic Kidney Disease changed my life.
Between me finding out the test results and going to the renal doctor I researched all I might need to know about CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease). I showed up ready to listen to what she had to say. She looked at the labs, asked me a ton of questions, and told me my diagnoses. I was diagnosed with analgesic nephropathy. Analgesics are pain meds, like Motrin, Advil, and Naproxen. Due to the over-the-counter pain meds and doctor prescribed pain meds, it damaged my kidneys.
I was told I needed to cut certain things out of my life. Such things like phosphate, which is in all junk food and fast food. I had to ease up on potassium. Do you know that chocolate has potassium in it! You would be blown away if you were to look at a renal diet menu, there is so much we can’t eat. Once I started to focus on my diet, I was knocking out so much food. I tracked everything using an app on my phone.
After cutting out food, I started to notice that I was not really eating that much. Then I stepped on the scale. I was dropping weight. I started to notice that I was having a hard time eating 1200 calories a day. Most days it was 600. I am having to push myself to eat. I lost twenty pounds the first month.
How I found out about I Heart Guts –
As Christmas started to get closer, I was trolling through the internet and ran across a site called I Heart Guts. Anyone who knows me knows I love weird things. When I saw they had a Colossal Kidney Plush, I knew right off the bat, this was a company I wanted to work with. I was over-the-moon excited when they donated a kidney to me!
As a kidney patient, I needed something to raise my spirits. This Colossal Kidney Plush did just that. It is nine inches tall and purple, which is my favorite color. It has a face, so I named him George! The day I got him I was not feeling well and seeing George put a smile on my face!
I never knew that at the age of 39, a plush could put a big smile on my face. I knew the Colossal Kidney Plush was meant for great things. George is going to be my buddy through all my kidney issues. I hope to postpone my disease as long as I can. If and when I get to the point of needing a new kidney, he will be by my side through the entire ordeal. Just knowing that a company thinks so much about people who have health issues, and created organs in as plushes, means the world to me.
How you can help-
Not too many people know how they can help others, like me, who have kidney disease. If you have ever thought about donating a kidney, there are a ton of people who could use it. The process is easy to do and it doesn’t cost you a thing. Asking for a kidney is hard for a kidney patient. Thanks to the National Kidney Foundations, they have made it simple for anyone thinking about the process.
If you are donating to a family member or friend, their insurance will pay for your testing. If you want to donate and need more details about testing and see if you qualify, you can contact the Mayo Clinic and go to this website ~> HERE <~ If giving your kidney is too much for you to think about. There are other ways to help the cause. You can be a part of the Kidney walk, NKF Golf Tournament, and other ways.
If you know someone like me who has kidney disease. I suggest you gift them a kidney. If not a real one, give them the Colossal Kidney Plush. They will love the thought you put into it and love it forever like I will mine!
I Heart Guts also offers other organs. My son has heart disease and they offer two hearts. A red heart and a gold heart. When I saw them, I wanted to give him one right away! I am not sure how he will react when I give him a heart, but it’s the thought that counts most of all. I suggest you head on over to I Heart Guts and check out all the great plush organs they offer today! You can pick them up for around $20.00!
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