“Mommy, I have the hiccups again”

Photo courtesy of http://www.mindentimes.ca/2012/07/11/non-profit-facility-provides-vacations-for-dialysis-patients


Dr Sue has been.  The lung infection has cleared and Vic’s saturation is back up to 98%!  What a little trooper she is!

She is however in Stage 4 renal and liver failure.

Chronic Kidney Disease is diagnosed by the eGFR and other factors, and is divided into five stages:

Stage of Chronic Kidney Disease eGFR ml/min/1.73 m
Stage 1: the eGFR shows normal kidney function but you are already known to have some kidney damage or disease. For example, you may have some protein or blood in your urine, an abnormality of your kidney, kidney inflammation, etc. 90 or more
Stage 2: mildly reduced kidney function AND you are already known to have some kidney damage or disease. People with an eGFR of 60-89 without any known kidney damage or disease are not considered to have chronic kidney disease (CKD). 60 to 89
Stage 3: moderately reduced kidney function. (With or without a known kidney disease. For example, an elderly person with ageing kidneys may have reduced kidney function without a specific known kidney disease.) 45 to 59 (3A)
30 to 44 (3B)
Stage 4: severely reduced kidney function. (With or without known kidney disease.) 15 to 29
Stage 5: very severely reduced kidney function. This is sometimes called end-stage kidney failure or established renal failure. Less than 15

Only last week Vic complained to one of her siblings that she is battling with hiccups.  We laughed about it and reminded her of the old wives tale that if you steal you will get hiccups… We wanted to know what she had stolen… If any person in the world told me then that hiccups is a symptom of kidney failure I would of thought they were taking the Micky out of me!

Renal Failure Symptoms                                                                   http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kidney-failure/DS00682/DSECTION=symptoms

Signs and symptoms of kidney failure develop slowly over time if kidney damage progresses slowly. Signs and symptoms of kidney failure may include:

Signs and symptoms of kidney failure are often nonspecific, meaning they can also be caused by other illnesses. In addition, because your kidneys are highly adaptable and able to compensate for lost function, signs and symptoms of kidney failure may not appear until irreversible damage has occurred.

 Chronic kidney failure can affect almost every part of your body. Potential complications may include:

 Treating the cause of kidney failure

Depending on the underlying cause, some types of chronic kidney failure can be treated. Often, though, chronic kidney failure has no cure. Treatment consists of measures to help control signs and symptoms of chronic kidney failure, reduce complications, and slow the progress of the disease. If your kidneys become severely damaged, you may need treatments for end-stage kidney disease.

Your doctor will work to slow or control the disease or condition that’s causing your kidney failure. Treatment options vary, depending on the cause. But kidney damage can continue to worsen even when an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure, has been controlled.

Treating complications of kidney failure Kidney failure complications can be controlled to make you more comfortable. Treatments may include:

CONCLUSION:  Vic’s kidney failure is irreversible.  There are no drugs to reverse the process.  The question can only be whether Vic will go onto dialysis….  The decision will be her’s to make.






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I am a sixty plenty wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. I started blogging as a coping mechanism during my beautiful daughter's final journey. Vic was desperately ill for 10 years after a botched back operation. Vic's Journey ended on 18 January 2013 at 10:35. She was the most courageous person in the world and has inspired thousands of people all over the world. Vic's two boys are monuments of her existence. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. I will miss you today, tomorrow and forever my Angle Child. https://tersiaburger.wordpress.com

7 thoughts on ““Mommy, I have the hiccups again””

  1. Dear Vicky
    I have wanted for some time to contact you.
    We are steph-cousins or something.
    I am so glad about your mom’s blog. It feels as if I got to know you a bit.
    I know you cannot really write back but if you can just send me an email address, I would love to become (digital) pen-pals with you. I can write to you, then I can read what your mom writes about you as reply…?
    My email adress is janmarita@yahoo.com
    Lots of love


  2. My Dearest Tersia,

    Just realizing all that you have had to become. A research student too? OH my friend I am so touched beyond by how you extend your brain, your heart and God knows your spirit

    I often find myself wishing there was something I could do, somehow offer up some kind of respite from the pain, and the fatigue of it all being on your shoulders. As I was listening to one of my favorite acoustic guitarist I thought this is it/

    So y friend when I am nearing exhaustion from the pain both physical and emotional I find myself listening to William Ackerman. Here is also being accompanied by George Winston on piano

    My hope is will calm and relax for a breather. Even when you have 20 things happening, take a 3 minute Ackerman break, on what else?

    http://youtu.be/VUVr8cHy3qI hope you enjoy ~ BB


    1. I love William Ackerman! Thank you for sharing him with me. Vic has had an horrible weekend – she hurt a vertebrae vomiting – and I just walked back into my TV Lounge and listed to The MOment. It is truly balm for the soul.


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