Hey couchtater! Sorry to hear about your mother! What type of medication are they going to use to help the renal disease? You mentioned procrit, that is commanly used in patients with ESRD to help boost their red blood cells. It generally is low on side effects and will help you feel better. I wouldnt necessarily call it a chemotherapy drug, it is commonly used in patient who are treated with chemo to help with their blood counts. So it is chemo but not really,(it doesnt treat cancer, it helps the side effects from the heavy chemo that does treat cancer) if that makes any since??? It will most likely help her feel better. I am going to use procrit if we can ever get my RBC over 9. So far no luck
Yes, you can get a social worker without being on dialysis, but I am not sure about through a dialysis clinic. If her kidney function is 27 %, she most likely has awhile before dialysis. The national kidney foundation recommends dialysis being started when kidney funtion drops below 15% but most doctors will judge when to start by how you feel. I know several people that didnt start dialysis until they were down to 10 adn 7% function. I was assigned a social worker when I was in the hospital with renal failure and 2 year later, they still call and check on me. Fortunatly we turned things around with 1000 mg of solu medrol for 3 days and then massive oral doses (still off and on) and heavy doses of immunosuppresants.
Do they know what has caused the kidney failure? Are they going to do a kidney biopsy? What other questions do you have???