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My cousin's in resus :-(

(72 Posts)
Coffee1Sugar Tue 09-Apr-13 10:00:16

She's 30. She had a diseased kidney removed at birth and a kidney transplant of the remaining one at 8yo. She's now in resus fighting for her life with hyperkalaemia. This is the local A&E without a specific renal unit so the docs are liaising with her consultant's team at a London hospital by phone and Skype - she is too ill to be transferred. Does anyone have any experience of this? My auntie and mum are with you, she has no partner or kids, I've got a toddler at home so can't go. Keeping all phones free for news but worried sick.

Coffee1Sugar Tue 09-Apr-13 10:01:04

* with her

Forgot to say her potassium level is 8.2. Normal is 3.5-5.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 09-Apr-13 10:01:37

No experience but wishing her well.

digerd Tue 09-Apr-13 16:36:05

Just googled it as my DH's potassium level was abnormal when he was admitted to hospital for terminal cancer. They informed me his kidneys were failing. Did not ask for the number.

8.2 on this website is diagnosed as crytical. I do hope they can save her.

Coffee1Sugar Tue 09-Apr-13 17:44:06

She went into cardiac arrest at 2pm, she's been resuscitated and is now in ICU on a million drips. Been told next 12hours are critical. 2 members of her renal team have been sent from her usual hospital. Not looking hopeful

Coffee, wish I could say the right things to help but I can only offer my hand to you over the next few hours. x

Has her transplanted kidney failed now then? It sounds like it may have done. In her favour is her young age and the fact that she's evidently got to medical help quickly. I hope she improves very soon.

HighJinx Tue 09-Apr-13 18:03:57

Sorry, I have no relevant experience but am thinking of you and wishing her well.

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Tue 09-Apr-13 18:47:48

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her OP.

foofooyeah Tue 09-Apr-13 18:54:07

Sending prayers for her - glad she is getting help. Have my hand too.

ParsingFancy Tue 09-Apr-13 18:55:55

Thinking of you all.

Delayingtactic Tue 09-Apr-13 19:16:52

Oh OP I'm sorry. At least she's got the right people coming to her and the local doctors are obviously wised up and taking all the specialist help on board.

Unmumsnetty hugs

Thewhingingdefective Tue 09-Apr-13 19:23:00

Really sorry to hear of this. I hope she pulls through.

xigris Tue 09-Apr-13 19:26:07

Oh how awful for you all. Thinking of you flowers

QueenOfCats Tue 09-Apr-13 19:27:44

Nothing useful to add, but another hand if you need it, and prayers that your cousin makes it through thanks

OpheliasWeepingWillow Tue 09-Apr-13 19:27:53

No experience of this but sending a prayer

trickycat Tue 09-Apr-13 19:32:17

Thinking of your cousin and all your family. Waiting for news is horrible, be kind to yourself.

HighJinx Wed 10-Apr-13 08:48:42

Still thinking of you and your cousin coffee. I hope she is improving.

xigris Wed 10-Apr-13 08:49:46

Morning coffee - how is your cousin doing and how are you coping?

Coffee1Sugar Wed 10-Apr-13 09:55:11

Thanks for all your kind words. She's been sedated in ICU to let her heart recover, her potassium level has lowered but not nearly as much or as quickly as they'd like. She's had a Doppler scan of her transplanted kidney which has 16% function so she is on dialysis. I'm off to visit this afternoon. Scared of seeing her so unwell. sad

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Wed 10-Apr-13 10:01:59

Oh bless you, I hope she responds to treatment and your visit isn't too scary. Hand holding from afar.

Still hand holding Coffee, ICU is scary, but being there with her and talking will be such a help to her and your Aunt. Is she waiting for a transplant?

Coffee1Sugar Wed 10-Apr-13 10:18:36

No she's not on the list at the mo, she was doing well with this kidney - she's had it 22 years, it was transplanted when she was 8. Its the only one she has and the significant kidney failure is very sudden tbh.

foofooyeah Wed 10-Apr-13 10:22:12

I hope she continues to recover (even if it is slowly it is in the right direction).

Its such a worrying time for you and your family Coffee, ICUs are amazing places and the staff are so dedicated to their patients so you know they will be doing everything that they can for her. Take it minute by minute, and hopefully she will `turn a corner`.

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