In this evening’s episode, Carla collapses and Roy goes with her to see a doctor. Carla has a close set of family and friends and we see them coming forward to be tested. It was revealed that Carla's eGFR was only 16%, which is almost at stage 5 CKD or ‘end stage renal failure’. When Roy had his first meeting with the living donor co-ordinator she explained clearly what being a donor means that it is a wonderful thing he wants to do but that she is looking after his interest and that he has to go through a range of tests to be sure that he is able to donate.
This is explained clearly during that episode but not every prospective donor is able to go ahead as we see. Donating a kidney to someone you know and love is an incredible thing to do but if you are unable to for whatever reason there are other things that you can do to help, from learning more about kidney disease to finding out more about different treatments and just being there to support them. We have an advice and support team and a counselling service if you or any of your family want to talk about kidney disease and the impact it is having on your life.
Kidney Care UK Policy Director, Fiona Loud said about the story line, “We are pleased to have been asked to advise upon the kidney-related aspects of Carla’s story, however please note that this is a drama and the story is intended the keep the audience engaged. By highlighting one person’s journey with kidney disease we hope that this will get people talking about kidneys, and about organ donation, as happened when the story first broke.
What is kidney failure?
The reality is that most people do not think about the vital role their kidneys play until they are not working properly. Our kidneys play a number of really important roles and so when they start to fail we find ourselves feeling tired, having a lack of appetite, and feeling sick. Some people also have itchy skin, swelling in their legs, breathlessness or headaches. Because these symptoms are quite common and linked to a number of illnesses people don’t often take them seriously but if you have heart disease high blood pressure or diabetes it is particularly important that you have your kidneys checked as these are two of the main causes of kidney disease. For more information about kidney disease download our Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) leaflet.
There are five stages of chronic kidney disease so if you’ve just recently been diagnosed and you are still coming to terms with what this means – you might find our newly diagnosed section useful . There are two main treatments for kidney failure – dialysis and transplantation. You can find out more about these in our treatments section. Just 1% of people with kidney disease develop kidney failure so it’s important to understand your own situation. Find out more about the different types of kidney related conditions.
If you feel like you could benefit from having a chat with one of our counselling team please find out more about our counselling service. Our telephone counselling is free and can be used by anyone affected by kidney disease, including carers and family members.
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