Chronic Kidney Disease and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Chronic Kidney Disease and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

The Charles and Jennie Machado FoundationThe Charles and Jennie Machado Foundation is helping people affected by chronic kidney disease.

Recent studies have shown that More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease or or Symptoms of Kidney Infection, and this statistics increases yearly. This serves to isolate us from the personal stories and heartache that this silent disease brings. Many people have asked why we are doing this? Sure, our own son, Michael Machado, entered ESRK, end-stage renal disease, but he was fortunate to have three matching donors. So why continue an effort when this family is intact?

We at The Charles and Jennie Machado Foundation help to put a smile on the faces of those who are victims of kidney diseases, especially those in the end stage of renal disease because that is our mission and the thing that bothers us most is the look on a kidney patients faces as they sit in a chair, blood pulled from their body, artificially cleaned, and returned. Each one of these people has the same vacant stare-glassy eyes, hopelessness and despair enveloping them.

Many have given up on life itself and the joy of being with their loved ones. These people are members of our family, our community. They are uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and also children. Our job is to educate these people, so that they become familiar with the aspects of Doctor’s & Kidney Failure and how much of our normal day to day activities that we take for granted when it comes to eating and drinking.

We created Charles And Jennie Machado Foundation to help pass along the words of hope and faith to those with this disease and also to ask for the help of good samaritans who will be willing to help through online donation for the purpose of organ procurement and online donations.


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Kidney Failure-A Family Affair

Kidney Failure-A Family Affair

Kidney Failure-a family affair. It really does affect the entire family, especially a close family structure like ours.

When my 24-year-old son, Michael called from his college town to tell me he was going in the hospital with kidney failure, I went into complete shock. And I hear this story-the reaction to kidney failure news from a lot of people with end-stage renal disease.

How does this happen? How do doctors miss the obvious signs that their patients are nearing the edge of a threshold that will soon change their lives forever? Michael was sky-diving the week before and other than feeling lethargic, he had no real signs that he was getting pretty close to death.

It’s not like he wasn’t checked by a doctor either. In the weeks preceding his discovery of kidney failure, Michael had seen two different doctors for an inflamed knee. One doctor wanted him to begin a regiment of physical therapy and the other started him on a high dose of anti-inflammatory drugs that would further erode his renal function.

What should the average American patient do in order to protect themselves? How do you know if your kidneys are working properly? If you have kidney failure?

When you have a visit with your doctor, ask them to check your kidney function. This is called a GMR Test (Glomerular Filtration Rate) and it measures, among other things,  the creatinine level in your blood. Creatinine is the waste as a result of healthy kidneys doing what they are supposed to do. Most healthy people have a creatinine level of  about .06 to 1.3 milligrams per deciliter.

Most doctors will not even think to provide this simple test, but it may save your life. Last year, the National Kidney Foundation asked me to speak at a luncheon of business leaders in Irvine, CA. Another speaker, who was a nephrologist, confirmed what I am telling you. Doctors are not trained to ask for kidney function tests without you advocating yourself.  It is not their fault, they are simply not aware that kidney disease is growing at a rapid rate.

To put this in perspective, Michael entered the hospital with a creatinine level of 20. That’s right. Twenty times normal and eight nephrologists came to his hospital room because they told me even the textbooks have never documented such high levels in someone who was still alive.

Well, that made me feel just great. Here I was sitting in his hospital room watching a machine remove and clean blood before returning it to a very sick young man and doctor after doctor were sneaking a peek in the room just to see if the rumor had validity.


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5 Kidney Infection Symptoms in Children

5 Kidney Infection Symptoms in Children

You Should Pay Close Attention To These 5 Kidney Infection Symptoms In Children


KIDNEY INFECTION IN CHILDRENKidney infection can be a traitor. Most of the time, you won’t be able to tell that it’s there until signs and symptoms become too obvious to ignore. The same idea applies to children. However, unlike adults, children aren’t often aware that there’s something wrong with their health. For small children who haven’t started talking yet, paying close attention is very critical.

If you see any of the following signs, make sure to take your kid to his doctor right away.

Crying when urinating

Kidney infection can cause a burning and painful sensation when urinating. Children may often cry because of this or they may simply refuse to go to the bathroom for fear of the pain. If you see no apparent reason why your child is crying or extremely irritable, you can simply ask him where it hurts.

Aside from this, children with renal infection also frequently wet themselves even if they were previously potty trained.

Flank pain

Flank pain is another common sign of kidney infection. It’s frequently localized on your child’s lower back and can extend up to his stomach. One good sign that will tell you if there’s flank pain is if your child exhibits a guarding behavior. It’s an involuntary reaction to protect a painful area. It can be as simple as muscle contraction or placing both hands to guard the area.


Fever is one of the cardinal signs of infection. If a fever lasts for more than 2 days and goes beyond 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s best if you can bring your kid for a short visit to his doctor.

Poor appetite

Sick children don’t usually eat a lot, particularly if he is in pain. You should, however, be careful in misinterpreting picky eating from poor appetite. If your kid refuses to eat his favorite foods them it can signal that something is wrong.

Aside from poor feeding, children with renal infection are also likely to throw up or have episodes of loose bowel movement. This commonly happens to children who are less than 2 years of age.

Blood-tinged urine

This is easier to notice among small children who still wear diapers. For older children, you can check their potty chairs or come with them when they go pee. Aside from pinkish color, you should also look out for cloudiness as it can signal the presence of bacteria. Scent, particularly if it’s ammonia-like, can also tell if your kid has an infection.


Children who are sick are less active than their playmates. You’ll often find them asleep more. They are also less likely to socialize and would rather lie down than spend playtime outside. Kids with kidney infection don’t typically show high energy levels.

These are critical:

5 Kidney Infection Symptoms in Children

You Should Pay Close Attention To These 5 Kidney Infection Symptoms In Children


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Pregnancy and Renal Failure

Pregnancy and Renal Failure

Pregnancy and Renal failure are conditions not normally associated with each other. The reason is that the other condition cannot be normal if one irregularity is present. In simpler words, pregnancy cannot be normal if there is kidney or renal failure in a woman’s body.


A woman who has renal failure may least likely conceive a child. This is greatly related to a number of hormones and blood that is produced by the kidney which is hormonal imbalance halting the ovulation of a fertile reproductive system. If a woman has kidney malfunctions then it could not properly circulate the necessary amount of nutrients the body needs to be fit for childbearing. The chance of pregnancy is slim if a woman has renal failure but if a possibility may pave way for her to become pregnant then both the unborn and the mother will be put at risk.

At times, especially for older women who become pregnant, hypertension occur and if this is not controlled it will lead to renal failure. This will happen since hypertension is the abnormal state of high blood pressure or a state of psychological stress it will directly affect the production of red blood cells in the kidney thus leading to renal complications.

Another factor of renal failure occurrence during pregnancy is when the mother has HELP syndrome. This is a group of indicators in a pregnant woman wherein she has the breakdown of red blood cells, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count, thus the abbreviation.

There have been cases wherein a pregnant woman has developed renal failure due to the irregularities and changes that the body is experiencing. If a pregnant woman is not careful with her diet as advised by her physician there will be problems during the pregnancy. Irregularities and extreme urination during pregnancy may seem normal and is not a cause for alarm but must constantly be monitored by both mother and physician.


The lack of blood supply may cause the baby to become hypoxic. Hypoxia is the state wherein the body or part of the body has limited oxygen supply. Once a hypoxic baby is born it will need intensive care and will need oxygen supply through machines.

If a woman wants to produce a child of her own then she must be able to practice proper diet and nutrition with the help of her other half and her trusted OB/GYN.


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Doctor’s & Kidney Failure

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Machado Journey

Doctor’s & Kidney Failure

Doctor's and Kidney FailureMany doctors are revered and some rightly so. This image of the doctor’s at Loma Linda transplanting Michael Machado are an example of true professionals, but sometimes a patient has issues with doctor’s and kidney failure.

Because of various medical situations in my life,  I have experienced tremendous medical care and I have witnessed horrible doctors with more interest in ego and status than patient care.

My recent experience with Doctor’s & Kidney Failure and Kidney Transplant was no exception.

When Michael was diagnosed with Kidney Failure, I knew the first thing we were going to need was a team. Our group would be smart, educated and committed to our goal of getting Michael a Kidney Transplant. You should know that I knew nothing about Signs of Kidney Failure before his diagnosis, but my mind is trained to solve problems and get to the end after setting a series of goals. Perhaps it is my business mind, perhaps not, but I knew that if I could put aside my emotions, I could help my son.

An attorney was first on my list, which wasn’t difficult at all. I have used lawyers all my life and am comfortable with them, so I called some I knew and figured we would have no problems in the legal department.

Next, and probably most controversial and met with heated debate and at times, contempt, was my decision to hire Medical Advocates. What is a Medical Advocate?  Never heard of this? Not many people have, but if you are faced with medical situations that you do not understand, or are willing to add personnel to keep doctors in line, a Medical Advocate may be for you. Beware though, they can be expensive.

Normally, retired nurses or individuals with higher educational prowess, these advocates require a Power of Attorney and they step into your shoes. We had a team of three women, all Registered Nurses, one a surgical assistant and another a former Kidney Transplant coordinator. I was not intentionally trying to create a wedge between the doctors and my son, but poor medical care, and inattention to some important details required a couple of telephone calls and the doctors changed their plan and method of medical care once our Advocates were brought in to consult.

I realize that most doctors are humanitarian people who care and want to help people. There are others who add the special ingredient of ego to the mix and I have found that this often clouds their judgement. To some, being right is more important than the patient’s care.

As we moved through the Kidney Transplant process, medical personnel became aware that we were represented by professionals other than just us. How could we not be? At this point, I knew very little- that we had two kidneys and that was about it. To advance my study I needed experts to help us and to also look out for the best interests of Michael.

A Medical Advocate is also willing to go into the Operating Room to observe the surgery. Since we were already on solid ground with Loma Linda and their team, I knew we were in perfect hands with medical care and decided that we did not need to send anyone in the O.R. to observe.

During the six months of kidney failure, I was looking for a dietician, or a chef, or somebody who knew about a renal diet. Food is the number one item we can control and besides medication and dialysis, it would be crucial to keeping Michael strong for Transplant Surgery.

Phosphorus, potassium, sodium are all crucial to keeping the body working properly and who would know that this small pair of organs, four inches in length, could monitor all of this and keep the body in sync. Blood pressure is controlled by the kidneys and this is essential for the heart to function properly.

I started with interviewing chefs and went through a culinary school, but nobody even heard of a renal diet.  All suggested that if I could come up with the recipes, they could implement this fine fare. The problem was that I had no idea how to cook a kidney meal or even what ingredients to use to make bland food taste good.

Some suggested I consult a dietician and I did this, but soon discovered that many can give you the ingredients, but nobody I spoke to had a clue how to prepare a meal. This was beyond issues with doctor’s and kidney failure. I was stuck and Michael was hungry, so I became the new Renal Chef of the family. Check out my other sections to learn how I learned to prepare meals that rocked!


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Signs of Kidney Failure and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Signs of Kidney Failure and Symptoms of Kidney Infection

Signs of Kidney FailureOften people never have symptoms or signs of kidney failure. In the case of my son, Michael, he was sky-diving the week before he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Sky-Diving!

When quizzed about his general health and how he was feeling, he responded that except for feeling tired and a little itchy, he thought he was all right-healthwise. This is a pretty common response from many patients about ready to change the course of their life forever. Most of the signs of kidney failure and Kidney Infection Symptoms are very subtle. In Michael’s case, his creatinine when he was diagnosed was at 20. Normal levels for healthy people are at .08-1.1.

Kidneys are a good set of organs to have, so it turns out. They are the organs that help filter waste products from the blood, regulate various hormones and blood pressure and manage phosphorus and potassium. If you suspect that you are having issues with your kidneys, you should seek immediate medical care. Below are a few conditions that may alert you to Chronic Kidney Disease.

Signs of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products in the body are given below:

  1. Weight loss and poor appetite
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Swollen ankles, feet or hands
  4. blood or protein in your urine
  5. Increased need to urinate, particularly at night
  6. itchy skin  and muscle cramps
  7. High blood pressure
  8. Erectile dysfunction in men

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