Friend In Need of Kidney

First off, everything is still stable with me. Otherwise, nothing much to report there. Things are status quo.   Secondly, and much more importantly, I have a friend from my temple, who is at 16% kidney function and is looking for a live donor. His brother in law was going to donate, but they just … Continue reading

2-19-13/Hanging In

Things have been pretty quiet – a good thing.   I have been feeling okay, with a few bad days here and there. The good days are pretty good, and the bad are mostly just days were I can’t get going and feel super exhausted. I have not had the stomach, head, and other ancillary … 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

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

7-12-12/3 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

7-3-12/You (likely) Don’t Know How Hard This Is

I posted the below entry on my “Post-Transplant Feelings” page. However, thought it was an appropriate entry for today.    I am very unhappy with how I feel and how others are handling me at the moment. Someone told me today that I least that “didn’t take my sense of humor.” I responded with “not … Continue reading

7-2-12/Enough Already

Okay, they said there would be bumps in the roads. I get that. I am, however,  getting sick of potholes that prevent me from reaching my destination – some consistent level of health. Not even great health – just consistent health. My standards are lowering by the day.   I was back at Yale today … Continue reading

6-30-2012/Home

I came home from the hospital this afternoon and proceeded to sleep the day away. Hospitals are not the best places to rest as they are always talking to/sticking/poking/pulling, etc on you. You might sleep 10 hours, but never in a row.   I am still in a lot of pain, but the tramidol is … Continue reading

6-29-12/Crappy Day

Well, Friday was pretty crappy. They took out the catheter and the drainage tube. Although both are a relief, neither are pleasant experiencs. Frankly, the drainage tube is much worse. I almsot kicked the doctor who took it out. It’s not really painful as much as REALLY uncomfortable. It feels like your body is being … Continue reading