name is Mike Larkin and I own Electronic Technical Enterprises.
For the last 25 years or so, I have repaired industrial and
commercial electronic equipment in western Oregon. I currently
live on the Oregon Coast, a beautiful area.
But lately my
activities have been curtailed by a disease which was entirely
avoidable. But it occured so slowly that I did not seek treatment
for it. Now it may shorten my life by a number of years. If
any man reading this is helped to avoid it, it will be worth the effort
in writing it.
I have kidney disease. It is caused by my
urethra having been obstructed by an enlarged prostate gland.
This caused my urine to back up into my kidneys and damage them.
The normal human body produces about 100ccs of urine each hour
day and night. This means that over the course a night of 8
hours, 800ccs are produced. Over a long period of time, perhaps
two years I gradually shrank in my ability to get it all out, getting
down to only getting rid of 200ccs all night. The same sort of
imbalance was true duing the day.
was discovered when I was seeking treatment for something else
and my blood pressure was very high. My doctor ran a
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel which showed my kidneys were functioning
at about 10% of normal.
To make a 4 month story short, I had a
urinary catheter 24 hours a day for 3 months until I finally had
surgery to remove my enlarged prostate. It took about 6 weeks to
recover from the surgery. But I am left with about half normal
kidney function. It is enough to live healthly the rest of my
life if I have no further problems. But I don't have the margin
most people do.
The Bottom Line
surgery or earlier drug treatment was likely always going to be needed
to clear up the obstruction.. But because it was not discovered and
treeated earlier I have kidney disease which I would not have had
before. This is because I thought the prostate troubles which I
knew I had were just annoying.
I am here to tell you they
are potentially deadly. If I had delayed going to the doctor even
longer, I might not have been around to write this.
you are a
man with the usual prostate sysmptons, have your docitor check them out
and make sure they keep on top of them. A simple and inexpensive
blood test included in the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, a routine
blood test, can tell whether your kidenys are affected and this whole
downward spiral headed off. At worst you would only have a
surgery to clear up any obstruction. It has its risks, but
ignoring it can lead to a shorted lifespan.
Michael Larkin -- All rights reserved. I will gernerally grant
permission for non-commercial use upon application in writing.