Good news on the kidney front – my numbers have improved two months in a row!
Creatinine is a chemical waste product that kidneys filter out of your body. Creatinine level in blood can show the severity of kidney disease. A year ago my creatinine level was 2.8 (which is bad compared to normal people, but great for me. A normal reading is right around 0.6 to 1.3). Well 3 months ago I was up to 3.9. Last month I was down to 3.6… Right now I’m down to 3.2. So I’m trending in the proper direction, which is great news. I was sitting at 2.8 for many years – so that’s pretty much my baseline – hoping to get back there eventually.
My AV fistula surgery went great last week. My scar is healing up nicely – so the big slit in my wrist won’t look so bad in a few months haha. I’m amazed at how noticeable the new blood flow is in my wrist. Touching my wrist you can feel the blood rushing through – like water in a garden hose. When the room is quiet you can actually hear it too. Definitely when you put your ear up to it. With each heartbeat … Whoosh… Whoosh… Whoosh… Pretty darn freaky but cool. Anyway the vein should set up nicely in the next few months … So it’ll be ready if I ever need dialysis. But with my numbers trending in the right direction, hopefully I won’t need it.
Also my doc liked my numbers so much that he said to come back in 2 months… Instead of the recent norm of 1 month. I’m hoping to clip that 3.0 creatinine barrier next time. Fingers crossed!
So, on with continued healthy living, my same course of medication, and enjoying Spring now that it’s finally here – including enjoying the start of baseball season! I’ll report back in a few months.