At my last appointment, I had about 10% kidney function left. I haven't started dialysis yet, and my kidney function has gone from 50% in January of 2005, to the 10% I have now. It went fairly steadily down from 50% to 10%, but it's been stable around 10% for about three months now. I read on this site that dialysis replaces about 10% of your kidney function. Can my own kidneys hold out at 10% for a long time if I'm careful? I guess I know they will eventually fail, but how long could they last? I asked my doctor, but he was very noncommittal, he said it could be a week, could be "a while". Could it be six months? Or a year? Anybody have any idea?
... I wish I'd known some things a few months ago that I do now, like keeping my BP down and limiting protein, maybe I could have maintained a little more of the function I had left.