Now you are aware that your kidneys have lost the ability to balance the amount of fluid that enters and leaves your body, this often result in fluid build up. Many people who are on dialysis face this problem of fluid weight gain.
How much fluid is required?
Your medical situation tells you all on the amount of fluid required. People on dialysis will have to to limit fluid intake to about 4 to 6 cups of fluids each day.
So what is considered as fluid?
Fluids are defined as the foods which are liquid at room temperature. Below are the foods which count toward your fluid intake:
*. Ice cubes
*. Coffee and tea
*. Any alcohol drinks like, sodas, or beer
*. Any fruit juices or milk shakes
*. Ice cream or sherbet
Fluid overload is very risky for end stage renal disease patients. Your heart cannot handle repetitive occurrences of fluid overload.
Carrying more fluid than your heart can handle can have serious complications. Eventually, it could cause heart disease or heart attack, or death. Make sure that you keep your heart off fluid overload.
So it is important for you to regularly check your fluid zone.
3 Fluid Zones
Here are 3 colour zones to categorize symptoms experienced due to fluid intake:
Red Zone: Danger! You are at risk
*. More weight gain
*. Shortness of breath
*. Chest pain/tightness
Treatment: Seek medical emergency care immediately.
Yellow zone: Time to have control on fluid intake
*. High weight gain
*. Shortness of breath during any activity
*. Ankle, hands, wrists, abdomen or face swelling
*. Immediately tell your symptoms to doctor and take any treatment changes if required.
*. Carefully review your fluid and sodium intake and limits.
*. Never miss your dialysis schedule.
Green Zone: You are safe!
*. No cough
*. difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
*. No ankle, wrists, hands, abdomen or facial swelling
*. No weakness or chest pain.
No symptoms means you are doing really well and following your medications and kidney dialysis schedule promptly. Continue to follow your fluid and sodium limits and intake. Have regular check on your weight. Remember! Stay active.