Cruisin with the Real"s

Cruisin with the Real"s
Joe and Nancy Grand Cayman 10-07

Loma Linda Medical Center

Loma Linda Medical Center
Where the magic happens........

Friday, December 26, 2008

Enough of silly holiday movies.......on with the medical drama



Back to the Urology report.....Bet you didn't think we would be talking about that here....but thank you for rooting for the kidneys here..........

Tues, I peed 700 mls even with dialysis...
Wed, I peed 800 mls....
and CHRISTMAS DAY I crossed the line and peed 1100 mls !!!!!!

All this while maintaining the same weight....and drinking a bit more....which means I am not storing it..... My body is processing it and my kidneys are on their way back.... Oh, and my creatinine is down from 3.1 last week to 2.7 today. Also, my Bilirubin was a bit further down today too.

So, I call LLU today....You have to LOVE unit 4100 who allows you to call them on the unit when something changes and get direction and help right away...They told me to come in and do some labs and when we got there and walked into the unit. My hepatologist was there, my surgeon was there, the nephroligist I saw in the hospital was there along with all the nurses, coordinators, and wonderful others.....

Now, they weren't there to see ME, they all just happened to be there rounding, etc and caring for the in house patients. But, they did all make time for me, cheer me on, change some appt's to earlier and decided that I should skip dialysis until they see me again....

So, until Tuesday I will keep monitoring my weight, fluid intake and out cross my fingers and thank Santa (and a few others)..... I personally think God just thought I needed to experience some of what the kidney patients go through.....and know that I certainly didn't want to live like that or head down another transplant path. I certainly have much more understanding and compassion for people living with kidney failure.

Funny how a few months ago I was complaining about having to find a potty off every exit while on Lasix to this..... :-)

I also want to point out.....not for myself but for other patients and caregivers.....The Dr's only took me off dialysis for now, etc....which I wanted them to do to force my kidneys to work because I kept good records of what was happening at home...measured everything, kept copies of my recent blood work, etc....Marched down there the day after Christmas for a 2 hour drive, etc.....You are your own best advocate....Do more than you have to....

1 comment:

Aimée said...

I'm so glad to hear those kidneys are kicking in. Take it from someone who knows and can sympathize, I know what it's like when they give out - NOT FUN! I love my kidneys and I feel so happy that both yours and mine are working right again! :)

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