The Effects of Kidney Disease in a Patient’s Family

Posted on Jan 27 2016 - 12:00am by Business Day TV

Kidney EffectKidney disease has a debilitating effect on a person’s body because this organ acts as a filter. When the kidneys stop working properly, the body begins to poison itself. This may also lead to other life-threatening health problems. A patient is not the only who will suffer from this ailment; the people around them also often share in the financial and emotional stress that comes with the diagnosis.

The Stress on Your Family

The causes of chronic kidney disease will slowly poison the body of a patient, with the people they love often having to helpless watch the slow physical deterioration. A patient will only become a shell of their former selves once the disease reaches its full effect. Relatives, spouses or loved ones may have to take care of the sick person.

A person suffering from kidney disease will lose a lot of weight, will have a poor appetite, swollen ankles, hands and/or feet, shortness of breath, insomnia and blood in the urine. This will affect quality of life, as there may be a need to stop certain activities they love to do and require time in a clinic or hospital.

A patient may experience social and emotional withdrawal because of the illness. This puts pressure on their loved ones to keep the connection and maintain a healthy relationship.

Financial Woes

Kidney.org cites that other than emotional stress, the loved ones of a kidney disease patient will also bear the brunt of paying for dialysis and lifelong treatment, especially if insurance does not cover the costs. Treatment for this ailment is not a one-time thing; it lasts for years and may require surgery. Families and patients may end up paying thousands of dollars to stay alive or get another kidney.

Helping Out

If you do not want others to suffer from kidney disease, you have the option to make a donation to help out someone suffering from this potentially life-threatening ailment. Losing a loved one is difficult; if you can’t save a family member or significant other, help others instead.