Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Favorite Patient

As a pediatric nephrologist I see a lot of cute kids with kidney problems. My favorite and cutest patient is our family cat, Denver. Late in 2007 he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, a common cause of death in elderly cats (he just turned 17 years old). He was not overly fond of the kidney diet, and sneaking potassium supplements into his food was impossible.

This spring we began the "interesting" task of administering subcutaneous fluid every 2-3 days. Since starting this course, his weight has stabilized and he has periods of feisty playfullness again. While his days are numbered (I don't know what 17 is in cat-years), he is still enjoying life. Of course, he is crotchety enough that he has decided to only eat Fancy Feast in turkey flavors, but I hope someone will humor my preferences when I reach an advanced age!
For more information on chronic kidney disease in cats, go to http://www.felinecrf.com/

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Welcome to my blog!

Those of you who know me understand the title of my blog. For the rest of you, I will explain. I am a specialist in childhood kidney diseases. In addition to taking care of patients, I do research on the kidney, and I teach others about kidney function and disease.
My motto has been "urine is golden."
People just don't realize how golden urine is until they can't make it anymore.
I decided to blog for a variety of reasons, including my new adventure as editor of ASN Kidney News, the new magazine for the American Society of Nephrology. I am trying to explore "new" media and get a feel for everything out on the internet. Next thing you know I will start a page on Facebook or something similar (that will mortify my children).
As I am a complete blogging newbie, I haven't figured out how often I will post or how random my thoughts will be. I'm looking forward to having my own soapbox on the web.