As our world is struggling through these tumultuous times, and even seemingly once-healthy people are dealing with anxiety, illness and worse, it’s important as someone struggling with CKD to set aside some time to take extra precautions and ensure you’re doing your utmost not only to support normal kidney function but also support a healthy immune system.
As people dealing with chronic kidney disease, no matter the stage, we deal with a unique set of obstacles during this time of social distancing and self-imposed quarantine. For some, it’s an impossibility as they need to go to dialysis centers or hospitals to keep doctor’s appointments while others awaiting transplants are being put on postponement lists. Navigating the healthcare system as it is can be a headache, but now it can seem overwhelming. Be that as it may, it is vital that you do not neglect your kidney care.
Here are a few tips we should all adhere to:
- Stick with a routine that can ground you in the ‘what is,’ instead of the ‘what-ifs.’ It’s easier said than done, but even if it’s just some meditation or yoga or a brisk stroll, try to make it a routine habit.
- Many doctors and clinics are using digital or telephone consultations as a way to keep apprised of their patients’ health. Ask your doctor if this could be an option for you as well.
- If you are immunocompromised, you are at a greater risk of developing complications from COVID-19, so it’s important you wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, disinfect surfaces, and take Vitamin C. As this NY Post article states, many NYC doctors are immediately treating their COVID-19 patients with a massive dose of 1,500mg Vitamin C delivered intravenously three or four times a day. This dose is pretty high even for people without CKD, but if you do have CKD, we recommend you don’t go beyond 500-1,000 mg a day. Any doses higher than that would need to be taken under the care of a professional.
- Stay home and if you can’t, maintain 6 feet of distance at least between yourself and others. If you have someone who lives with you, see if they would be able to pick up your prescriptions. If possible ask doctors to fill for a longer period of time so you can stock up and avoid as many outside trips as possible.
Also, rest assured that we are doing everything we can here at Healthy Kidney Inc. to ensure you still have ongoing access to all the services and products you’ve come to rely on. The office is still open for consultations via telephone, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or email, so please don’t hesitate reaching out with whatever concerns or questions you may have, or if you’d like to set up a consult. We can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or our toll-free number: 1-800-927-1738.
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