• Too much for the brain to handle!

    Asked by SharkinRN on Friday, May 1, 2015

    Too much for the brain to handle!

    I've read up on the nephrectomy procedure, post-op issues, and home recovery. It all seems very scary. What makes it worse is that I am an RN. When it comes to my own healthcare I become a babbling idiot.

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    • alivenwell's Avatar

      It does sound complicated. All I can do is wish you have the best luck in getting well again. Have you tried to really clean your diet with juicing, antioxidants and other healthy habits if you are allowed to do them? Barryboomer in here is an advocate of juicing and keeping a very clean diet. When I now go out with friends, I eat more vegetables and healthier choices now. Are you limited in how much you can drink? I know of somebody who had to limit the amount of liquid she could drink in one day because kidneys did not function well enough. Just curious.

      over 4 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar

      As a nurse doesn't mean you have to know everything or not be scared even overwhelmed. As a nurse, use your knowledge of what you do know about to enhance your learning of what you need to know now. Being a nurse can be a blessing and a curse as a patient, you decide. Make it a blessing. Advocate for yourself like you would for a patient. Give yourself time to absorb then pull it together and fight. Nurses fight evey shift worked so you got it in you. Prayers for you.

      over 4 years ago
    • rnmdiv's Avatar

      SharkinRN. Of course being a nurse has its advantages. But don't let it get in the way of trusting your doctor either. I've been living with my kidney cancer (rcc) for 16 years. I stress "living" because if I gave in to all the directions well meaning advice from friends, I would have greatly increased my stress level. I, too am an RN. And heard many cancer tales. Before you take anyone's advice, pray. Having a peaceful heart is important to making a good decision.
      The doctor who was my surgeon was someone I had worked with for many years, and someone I trusted. My tumor was huge, and I had a radical nephrectomy. Eventually mets were discovered in an unrelated chest x Ray years later. But the important thing is that I am still alive and functioning. My oncologist is a smart, delightful young woman with a positive attitude and current expertise.
      After asking the questions you have that worry you, have the surgery and offer prayers for your surgeon and caregivers. And that expectation you have about" I know it, therefore I should do it"
      isn't true. If I thought that, I'd be a concert musician. But I'm not, and that's ok. Have some gentle
      loving people as your caregivers and trust. You'll do a lot better than you're envisioning.

      over 4 years ago

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