How long can you live after your kidneys have failed

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/15/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My father has hepatitis C, and wasn't able to get on a transplant list due to the heart complications and tumor he had. He is now in end stages and his kidneys have shut down. He doesn't know who we are anymore and he just keeps yelling the same 4 words over and over in the hospital, we tried to keep him sedated but he managed to bite through his IV

I would like to know how much longer he can last once the toxins have gotten into his brain. The nurses are not going to try to flush them out, or resuscitate him, or make him better, because it will just happen again. We just can't go on seeing him like this. If anyone knows how long he can last, that would be great.

Also if anyone has any opinions as to why we treat our animals better than we treat our people, and call ourselves humane, feel free to add that as well. I'm very upset with the medical system and the care he has been given

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 4/15/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Lolastar and welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry that your father is in such poor shape. If his kidneys have failed .....without dialysis I don't think he has a whole lot longer........I believe my husband died within in a couple of days once his kidneys failed. Since he was at home under hospice care I can only judge that his kidneys failed once he was unable to urinate.

I am also sorry that he didn't get better treatment from the medical system. What a lot of us have found out is that the patient and his family/caregiver has to play a big part in it. If the patient can't speak up for them selves then it is up to the family to demand proper health care..........but if you are not educated in the particular disease and it's treatments you don't know what should be and could be done. It is true .......the squeeky wheel gets the oil. Once the doctors,hospitals,nurses, etc know that they are dealing with educated people they tend to go the extra mile.

Take care...........thoughts and prayers...........
Pink Grandma
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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, Lolastar, and welcome to the forum.  As PG stated, if his kidneys are failing then it won't be much longer.  Has Hospice been contacted?  If not, they should be.  They will make sure that he is not in pain and is made comfortable.  They are also a great help to the family.



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