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« on: August 01, 2011, 03:26:15 PM »

So tomorrow is my monthly check-in with the neph. and of course I have to do my 24-hour urine clearance.  Ahhh the orange jug that sits so idly in my fridge, next to a bag of apples, and diet sprite.  I've been doing these clearances since age 13, and it never gets any easier.  Oh of course the nurses provide that lovely plasitc urine collecter...that sits in your toilet only to move on you when your straddling the pot and also attempting not to pee on the floor.  You can always try to use the container itself, if you have good aim...sigh. 

And then of course there's the rule of everything must stay cold before it can be processed... as I stated before, my tangerine-esk jug sits firmly against the inside of my fridge, next to my food stuffs, and drinks...eww, and now that I started my dialysis I have to place 3, approximately 2000 ml bags in the fridge till 2:30 pm tomorrow.  Needless to say a fridge full of my urine is not at all appetizing, as I told my boyfriend not to confuse my urine jug with the orange juice on the top shelf. :shy;

I suppose I should be gratefull that I still do urinate and gives me a slight glimmer of hope that my kidneys will hold their own until another transplant comes along... I suppose as well I will continue mastering my aim in the months to come, and hope that anyone else who still must do these 24-hour clearances has enough space in their fridge as well! ;D
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 04:11:34 PM »

Wahhhaha!  My docs used to get so annoyed - they would give me those horrible jugs during a Monday appointment and want them back ASAP, and I always refused to do them until the weekend.  No way was I dragging those things to work!
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 06:24:35 PM »

It's truly a.loan in the neck. My nurse now knows to schedule mine on Mondays so I can use Sundays to.collect.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 07:43:34 PM »

ahhhhhhhhh !!!  the dreaded 24 hour urine collection.  When I was on pd, i hated doing that soooo much.  I guess a good side of home hemo is that i don't have to do the 24 hour urine thing, as i hardly pee anymore  :beer1;

We have 2 fridges in the house, one upstairs and one downstairs.  I would keep the urine sample cold in the fridge downstairs, right next to all the pop/juice.  I would caution the mrs that she grab the right apple juice, the one with less foam on top.  :yahoo; :yahoo;
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 07:46:55 PM »

One day I brought my sample to the neph's office in an ice cooler...while sitting in the waiting room the Dr came back from lunch...

"Oh, what do we have hear? Mr. Willis brought the beer today?"

"I opened the cooler and said to the Doc..."Help yourself!"

The look on his face was priceless...  :rofl;

 
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 08:31:45 PM »

One area where the men have it somewhat easier than the girls to... er... perform.  :rofl;

I'm interested that you all talk about keeping the samples/bottles cold? I never had to do that. It was here's the plastic 5L collection bottle. mark the ties, pee into it, bring it back (etc). No fridge.

Anyway I haven't done one since before I started D. Oh wait, I kind of did it post-tx when I was doing fluid studies, but I was peeing into one of those measuring tube things, which they measured every 2 hours and replaced, so not nearly as annoying.

I was in pathology yesterday getting labs done and this poor guy was given THREE bottles - he had to do 2 24 hour collections *in a row* (!) I am not sure what exactly it was for, but I thought "ugh!"
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2011, 12:51:30 PM »

I hated doing mine during the weekday for three reasons.

1) Our fridge at work is OVERUSED, so stuffing that huge container in there is nearly... Well, it ISN'T possible.

2) Our bathrooms are USUALLY always in use, so getting in there with the jug is almost impossible. Usually, I have to go out to my truck to do that.

3) Everyone FREAKS out when they see it marked BIOHAZARD next to their food.

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2011, 01:22:22 PM »

I have my 24 hour urine due Monday, but due to another situation at the start of D, I now have a mini fridge just for my meds and such.  So no worries this time about which jug of juice my daughter is drinking from. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 06:00:56 PM »

I just use a 12 pack cooler half-filled with ice.  I keep it in the bathroom.  After each visit to the bathroom I put it back into the ice and cover it with a folded heavy towel.  It is out of the way and the ice doesn't melt that much.  It stays very cold
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2011, 06:04:08 PM »

I just use a 12 pack cooler half-filled with ice.  I keep it in the bathroom.  After each visit to the bathroom I put it back into the ice and cover it with a folded heavy towel.  It is out of the way and the ice doesn't melt that much.  It stays very cold

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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2011, 08:12:33 AM »

We have never had to keep ours in the fridge, its pee for goodness sake, does it come out of you cold?
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2011, 10:19:52 AM »

The cold is so the creatinine/waste products don't break down and they can get an accurate reading of how much the kidneys are putting out, it is gross though, I totally 100% agree...

Oh and get this.. I get there and my nurse is like "Oh, I didn't need this 24 hr. clearance today... but thanks!"  They frickin' told me to bring it in!!!  UGH!  Oh well, at least I'll know how much my kidneys are workin'  :2thumbsup;
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*~Annie~*
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Arnold Bennett
Even though I have gone through so much with ESRD, my son is my inspiration to keep going.  He was delievered at 28 weeks weighing 1 lb 12 oz and today he is a fun-loving 1 year old, whom I love with all my heart!

Diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome Age 13- 1996 Unknown Cause. 35% functioning of both kidneys.
Stable until Age 27; complications with pregnancy, loss of 25% function. (Current functioning is between 5-7%).
December 3, 2010- PD Catheter Placed on Left Side
March 2011- PD Catheter Removal (Due to malfunction)
April 2011- PD Catheter Placement on Right Side
April 2011- Surgery to adjust Catheter and "tacking of fatty tissue"
May 2011- CCPD Started
October 2012- Infection of PD catheter.  PD Cath. removal surgery. Perma-Cath. Placed for Hemodialysis.
Hemodialysis started October 12, 2012.
January 16 2013- First Fistula
On Transplant List in Indiana, awaiting 1st Transplant at IU Health in Indianapolis.
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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2011, 10:37:51 AM »

It's about that time folks!!! My 24 hour urine collecting starts on the 31st. Kt/V again. Let's hope I'm consistent with the 2.4 like I was last time.
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2011, 11:06:02 AM »

It's about that time folks!!! My 24 hour urine collecting starts on the 31st. Kt/V again. Let's hope I'm consistent with the 2.4 like I was last time.

good luck  :thumbup;
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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2011, 11:45:02 AM »

dang.... i know it's a pain but its a big pain to get our neph to order one.... cant figure out why they wont give it to him :(
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2011, 05:59:12 PM »

I used to hate them also UNTIL I didn't pee anymore........Waaaahhhhhh, I just want to be able to pee again. 

Funny how I see those commercial about over active bladders and I think to myself....and that is a problem how?  What I wouldnt do for an over active bladder. 
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