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Published on: 07 Jun 2012 by renderella
I love it when something occurs and people are all complaining about not wanting to do something. Then I say, "well at least you can do that if you wanted", then they get all mad and are like, you're more than capable of doing it too. Then I respond with my kidney won't allow that. Then they correct me and say, "kidneys" you have two. I say nope, I only have one and then they don't even believe me unless I show them my scars.
Having one kidney is no joke. It is rather annoying! Riding on airplanes or taking long driving trips sucks because I have to take a lot of bathroom breaks. I have to be very picky when it comes to jobs and inform them that I do have one kidney and need to go to the restroom more than others. It's embarrassing!
I dislike going places when I know I will be drinking because I have to go to the bathroom even more!! I seriously go like once every 30 min- an hour. I can't even hold my urine for very long because it will hurt my kidney. So waiting in bathroom lines, sometimes I have to ask people if I can go first because I have one kidney. Of course some people don't believe me and I say, I'm sorry but I'm going to skip in front of you before I'm writhing in pain on the floor. Some people will ask to see the scar...of course.
Having one kidney hasn't really changed my life too much, but if you're out hanging with peeps and you guys just happen to have an awesome convo going on, but then you say you have to go find a bathroom it just ruins the whole mood. I've had that happen sooo many times and I always end up missing so many awesome things! It makes me sick!
Road trips with other people really would not be bearable for me. I do not want people to get upset with me over how many stops we take, it would just kill me inside and I know I would try to hold it and probably hurt myself. So I try my best to avoid any situations like that. I think the longest I have gone without going to the bathroom was 4 hours. Then of course when I go to bed I can sleep for a full 8 hours and not have to go, but during the day I have never made it that far.
I really hope none of you take your kidneys for granted. Don't do harsh things to your body. Don't forget that your kidneys filters what you drink, so be careful. Also holding your urine for too long is very bad for you kidneys. If you have to go, try to go immediately. If you start having pains in your abdominal area and it goes around to your back, I would suggest going to the doctor. That is how mine started.
Oh I didn't say why I have one kidney: Well I was told that I had a birth defect and it stopped functioning. I did not know this until I was 18 and then I got it taken out at 19 in the summer. Most depressing summer ever. So I have not had a Kidney for 5 years this june. The sew up job they did was not very good. I have a huge scar above my belly button and little scar from holes they made for their microscopes.