Friday, June 20, 2008




Brussels Chronicles said...

I just love seeing pics of pets. They make life so much more bearable !
(I promise I'll post mine soon)

Vicky said...

Very cute!!! Love the picture of Mt. Hood.

I came to this blog because of Sjogren's. I have been diagnosed with it for almost 4 years now. It has affected my kidneys to the point that I have stage IV chronic Kidney Disease. I am scared that I will be put on dialysis in the next couple of years. I am being put on Procrit injections. Have you had to do this or know someone that Sjogrens has affected their kidneys badly?

Julia Oleinik said...

Hi Vicky,

Thanks for visiting. I'm sorry that you are having kidney problems! At this point, my Sjogren's is not affecting my kidneys, but it definitely is an issue for some.

The most common kidney problem related to Sjogren's Syndrome is Renal Tubular Acidosis. You can read more about RTA here:

The Procrit is prescribed to boost your body's ability to make red blood cells, since in some kidney diseases, your red blood cell levels drop.

There are several other ways that autoimmune disease can impact your kidney function.

Please keep me posted as to how you are doing!


Vicky said...

Thanks for the info. I am very familiar with acidosis and have had a renal biopsy done. I take 6 sodium bi-carb pills a day. I appreciate your interest and hope there may be someone else going through the kidney problems associated with Sjogrens. I feel alone and just wish for a glimmer of hope to beat this disease.

Julia Oleinik said...

I wish I could offer you more than prayers and best wishes for you, Vicky! Please know that I am thinking of you.

One of my previous jobs as a RN was as a dialysis nurse. I understand your anxiety and concern about having to rely on dialysis. My experience was many years ago, so my expertise is very dated.

Keep in touch!

Vicky said...

I added you to my favorites list AKA stalking list on my new blog. :) I will keep in touch. Thanks!