7-8-13/Living with a reduced immune system

I am not scheduled to go to Yale for another 4 weeks, but I thought I would update on some things.   Living with a reduced immune system has its cons.   First, I have been getting head colds frequently this spring. It seems like every 3-4 weeks, I am coming down with something. Nothing … Continue reading

5-10-13/Hospital Again, But Things Okay

I spent two days last week in the hospital with a 103F fever. They pumped me full of fluids and everything worked out okay. Just painful and scary for a while.   I woke up with chills and a fever at 4AM and called the Yale hotline. They said to come right to the ER … Continue reading

04-17-13/Scare Only – Crisis Averted

My biopsy last week went fine. Really the worst part is waiting the 3 hours after in clinic with a weight on the kidney to keep it from bleeding.   The results are also good. No rejection and lowering the Prograf did the trick. My creatinine is back to 2.0!!!!!   It looks like, even … Continue reading

4-8-13/Good News & Bad News

First the good news. Friday marks one year since the transplant. I had a party last weekend to celebrate and many people came to share in the joy with me and Maria.    However, we may have celebrated a little too soon. I was at Yale on Friday and my creatinine was 2.5. Not crazy, … Continue reading

3-1-13/3 months of Stability!!!!!!!

I was at Yale today and my creatinine was 2.4. It has been around 2.3 since I started the Lisinopril for blood pressure control and kidney longevity.   That marks three months of basically stable kidney function! I am really beginning to feel there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am still … Continue reading

1-17-13/Doing Okay

I haven’t really had much to say, but my sister has been bugging me to update.   I joined weight watchers online two weeks ago, took a week to transition (but still lost weight), and am now in the full swing of things. I am cooking most nights; either grilling lean meat, or making a … Continue reading

12-31-12/A New Year with a New Kidney

Reflecting on 2012, it had to be one of the longest years of my life.   In April was the kidney transplant, June the ureter revision, followed by continued turmoil as my body, my family, and I, adjusted to having a new organ, new meds, and a new lease on life.   It was tough … Continue reading

9-4-12/Vow Renewal – A Fresh Start

Sunday I renewed my wedding vows with my wife of 5 years, Maria.   It was a wonderful day and the emphasis was on how much we have been through and how bright the future is.   In many ways, it was really a fresh start for both of us. I have been feeling pretty … Continue reading

8-23-12/Good News, AKA Fast Turnaround

Yale went as well as can be expected today.   Creatine is stable around 2.0. My white blood count is 5X what it was when I went into the hospital on Friday at 2.4K (vs. 500). NO MORE MASKS! I can also go out in public! Awesome.   My wife and I are renewing our … Continue reading

8-21-12/Home, But Still, Uncertainty Remains

I am home!   My white blood count was stable around 1K, but my creatinine was back down to 1.9. My blood sugar is still high – but mostly very high 6-10 hours after Prednisone – still a high dose. That seems to indicate that is the likely culprit.   They decided better to quarantine … Continue reading