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April 7th, 2015 - 8:57 pm § in Rambling

Making progress!

  

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.


April 2nd, 2015 - 1:08 am § in Rambling

Going under the knife tmrw

   In a previous blog post I talked about planning on getting an AV Fistula built into my arm. This is in preparation for dialysis (should I ever need it). I don’t need it right now, this is basically a preparation step “just in case”. This takes several months to heal an[...]


February 24th, 2015 - 7:55 pm § in Rambling

Saw the doc today

I just saw my nephrologist, thought I’d post a quick update. First, I’m almost a month in of very clean renal diet eating (I’ve lost about 10 lbs in the process yay), and haven’t had a drop of alcohol in over 3 weeks, so I have to say I’m feeling pretty darn good right [...]


February 13th, 2015 - 3:13 am § in Rambling

Well the Doc called, decent news I guess.

Kidney biopsy results are in – Good news, bad news, but good news. Good news #1 – It’s confirmed that I have the same kidney disease I was diagnosed with 25 years ago – FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomelurosclerosis). This is scar tissue – it’s not reversible, it’[...]


February 10th, 2015 - 11:07 am § in Rambling

Update

No biopsy results yet, but good news I’m feeling great! I had zero pain after the procedure on Friday, I was just tired and moved slowly for a few days so not to cause any internal bleeding. All seems healed up and I feel back to normal, and even feeling better than before! So now […][...]


February 6th, 2015 - 3:45 am § in Rambling

You gotta be kidn-ing me? nope… here we go!

Most of you probably don’t know this info about me, but I’ve been living with a kidney disease most of my life – chronic glomerulonephritis. I’ve kept good tabs on it the past 27 yrs that I’ve known about it, my numbers have been not so in my favor but thankfully have b[...]


November 11th, 2014 - 1:20 am § in Main Course

Chicken Parm Squash bowl

This turned out amazing! Dinner for two. Here’s what you do: – 1 small squash (not sure what it’s called but its yellow with green or orange stripes on side), looks like a mini pumpkin shape. – 2 chicken breasts – spices to taste (I used cayenne pepper, pepper, garlic, [...]