7-31-12/Kidney Biopsy

Alfred Hitchcock used to say, “the anticipation of the bang is worse than the bang itself.” He made a living off that premise, and I lost a lot of sleep last night over the anticipation of the biopsy today.   I have to admit, it was pretty benign. Given everything I have been through, I … Continue reading

7-30-12/Biopsy Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning is the kidney biopsy. As most of you know, my creatinine has been creeping upwards over the past few months. Not a good thing. It could just be the BK Virus causing it, but they want to be sure we know what we’re dealing with.   I am really down. It seems that … Continue reading

7-26-12/Biopsy Moved Up

After re-examining the trend, and recognizing that my creatinine is now 2.3, Yale has decided to move my biopsy up to this Tuesday, 7-31-12.   They said I will have preliminary results that evening, but it will take some time for more thorough results.   I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned. … Continue reading

7-24-12/Ureter Good, Creatinine High, and Bravery

Things at Yale went good and so/so.   The ultrasound was good, so it appears that the Ureter Revision was a success. Thank G-D. However, my creatinine is still high – 2.3 now. They want to give me a “vacation from Yale” for two weeks, but unless the creatinine is substantially better, have a biopsy … Continue reading

7-20-12/Hope and Clarification & Life Expectancy

I had an ultrasound at Yale today and it looked pretty good. They want to repeat Tuesday, but if that looks unchanged, then we can celebrate. This seems to imply that the second surgery (the ureter revision) was a success, making the transplant a success as well.   My creatinine is 2.2 – the highest … Continue reading

7-18-12/Cystoscopy #2

The stent came out today via cystoscopy. It wasn’t as bad as last time because I knew what to expect.   As I’ve said before – it’s uncomfortable for the duration, but only really painful for 2-4 seconds. During that time it’s like someone is standing on your bladder.   This time it took 2+ … Continue reading

7-17-12/BK Virus pt. 2

I spoke to Yale today and feel a little better. First, they moved my clinic appointment to Friday. The stent comes out tomorrow, so by the end of the week we should know how the ureter revision went.   We also spoke about the BK Virus. It sounds like two medications (prograf and prednisone) is … Continue reading

7-16-12/BK Virus

Today was supposed to be a day I didn’t hear from Yale. I had clinic scheduled for Thursday and my cystoscopy got moved to Wednesday. So other than the delight of waiting for that procedure on Wednesday things were supposed to be low-key.   Not so much. Clinic called today and left a message as … Continue reading

7-12-12/3 months & Staples Out

Today marks the 3 month anniversary of the transplant surgery. What a bumpy road!   It feels like much longer as the struggles have been great.   On the upside – all 49 staples came out of my abdomen today. It was a dramatic turnaround – the antibiotics helped me avoid an infection and actually … Continue reading

7-9-12/Stable?

I was at Yale this morning and things appear to be stable at the moment. Creatinine was 2.1 – statistically the same as last time – and the same it’s been for over a week. Not a great creatinine reading, but it’s stable.   They did an ultrasound and that showed no fluid in the … Continue reading