Six months. A lot can happen in six months. 2/3 of a human can be developed in a womb. The Earth can go halfway around the sun. The NBA Playoffs can start and almost finish (kidding). Oh, and a kidney transplant recipient can make a full recovery!
As each of the past 6 months have progressed, I’ve been on a weight load restriction, meaning the amount of weight I can safely carry, lift, etc. After surgery I was on an 8 lb limit. That’s a gallon of milk. As each month passed, they added 10 lbs to my limit. After 6 months (once you reach 60 lbs), the restrictions are off.
This is great timing for me because my ramp-up program with my personal trainer is coming to an end next week. I’ve been baby stepping, building repetition and form. I’m excited to up the resistance more.
If you read my last blog report a month or two ago, you saw that my body was struggling with keeping the creatinine level down. Creatinine is a waste product in everyone’s body – your kidneys filter most of it out into your urine. It’s not harmful, it’s just a measuring stick to check your kidney function. A normal reading for a healthy set of kidneys is 0.5 to 1.0 or so. An ideal transplant number is around 1.5. My doctors want me around 1.8 since I’ve been struggling with that number. For several months, my creatinine was ranging between 2.0 and 2.2. I’ve gone through a few steroid taper programs, which lowered the number to around 1.9, but it would go back up to the 2’s again.
Well, I’m happy to report that 2 of the past 3 weeks (including today), my creatinine has been in the 1.9’s. Today it was 1.93. That’s great news that it’s trending below 2. I’m hoping this continues! Wish me luck.
What else is going on with me? My newest thing I’m most excited about is swimming. I started taking lessons at IUPUI Natatorium a couple weeks ago. I’m halfway through that and LOVE it! Don’t get me wrong – I know how to swim. I’m in no danger of drowning. However I’ve never learned to “breathe” while swimming freestyle. I’ve always been a “head above water” guy. That’s very tiring swinging your head back and forth, you tend to stop pretty quickly. I decided that swimming would be an outstanding exercise for me, but only if I can do it properly and efficiently.
Well, I’m happy to report that after 2 lessons, and 3 trips to the pool on my own, I’m doing pretty well. I’m able to swim 25 meters at a time while breathing properly. Luckily the pool at the Natatorium has been set up for 25m the past week (instead of the normal 50m competition length) – it has given me a shorter track to practice on. At first I couldn’t even go halfway before the panic would set in and I’d have to stop and tread water to recover. Now I’m able to go the full 25m in each direction with no issues. I’ve learned how to “recover” in mid stroke if I screw up a breath (without stopping). My 3rd lesson is tomorrow, so I’m excited to show my instructors the progress I’ve made in the past week.
Oh! A very exciting and FUN event last weekend – my 30th High School Class Reunion! (yes I said 30. THIRTY. Where in the hell does time go??) Our class was a little over 300 I believe. We had about 60 or 70 come to the reunion. That’s a pretty good turnout after 30 years, huh? With their spouses and such we had about 100 people there. What a fun fun evening! The setting was perfect, it was at a quaint winery in the country. There was a live band playing old favorites, excellent smoked food, plenty of spirit in drink and emotional form. We’re all 30 years older, but none of us have lost the memories of yesteryear. For one night, we all were able to step back from our current lives and responsibilities, and be a kid again. Here is a group picture!
So – short recap: I’m no longer under any weight bearing restrictions, my creatinine has recently been below 2 (and nearing my desired magic 1.8 range), I’ve nearly completed a 12 week personal trainer post surgery ramp-up program at the gym, I’ve taken up swimming for exercise (which I love!) and have improved dramatically, and I had a great time at my 30 year reunion.
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend everyone!
late August, 2018