Topics: Kidney, Chronic kidney disease, Nephrology Pages: 4 (1467 words) Published: April 9, 2013
Mary-Katherine Fowler
Engl. 1101 Sec. 12
Dr. Barker
Darton State College
30 Nov. 2012
Essay 5
Over the past eighteen years, life has definitely challenged me. I have encountered events that the average teenager is not presented with. When I was six years old, my father was diagnosed with a kidney disorder. Being at a young age, I did not understand exactly what was wrong. As I got older I began to realize that my father’s kidney disorder was serious. At first, I did not know how to accept that my father was ill, and there was nothing I could do. As time progressed, it became clear to me that God was challenging my faith. In 2000, my father received news that his kidneys were beginning to fail. His createnine level, the measure of protein bypassing the kidneys, was above average. The average adult male’s createnine level is anywhere from 0.06 to 1.2 mg/dL and is measured on a scale of one to ten. My father’s createnine level had risen to 5.0, which indicated that his kidneys were in great distress. To lower a person’s createnine, the doctor usually lowers their blood pressure, which would take pressure off the kidneys, and may also prescribed Prednisone, which would reduce swelling and inflammation, but at the same time, it suppresses the immune system. My father’s nephrologist, Dr. Rizvi, prescribed him 160 milligrams of Prednisone. The high dosage of medicine lowered his createnine to 2.3, which was considered an acceptable level by Dr. Rizvi; therefore they weaned him off of the medication. Within a month, my father’s createnine rose significantly again, so Dr. Rizvi treated it the same as before, except he prescribed 140 milligrams of Prednisone. The medication brought his createnine back down to an acceptable level. For a third time, his createnine began to rise rapidly. In 2001, Dr. Rizvi decided to do a biopsy of my father’s right kidney to determine the extent of damage to the kidneys, and also try to determine what caused the failure. My father...
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