8-11-13/Stable, but still tired/Organ Donation/Medications

A few things in today’s post.   First, I am stable at a Creatinine of 2.1. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I am still stable at a Creatinine of 2.1, which equals an eGFR of 39. ¬†For those outside of the know, that means my one good kidney is operating at … 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

1-24-13/Stable

I was at Yale on 1-22-13 and my creatinine was 2.3. I am now on Lisinopril (for about 2-3 months now), for blood pressure control, but mostly because it is believed to extend the life of the new kidney. They are not sure why, but it seems to have a protective effect on kidneys. I … Continue reading

12-12-12 – May be in Rejection Again/Still Feel Crappy

Well, I haven’t written in a while. November was tough. Steroid treatments for the rejection were difficult, as usual. I had trouble sleeping and was wired at times, exhausted others, and gained more weight. Thanksgiving is tough because it is the anniversary of my father’s death. It’s been 7 years now. I can’t believe it. … Continue reading

11-6-12/BK Virus Getting Better, but In Rejection Again

First, the good news. The BK Virus has dropped about 30% in my blood and is not in my kidney.   Also good news: We survived Sandy. No power or heat or running water for 5+ days, but we did better than many. A generator is en-route as I never want to do this again … Continue reading

10-16-12/Not Ready For Prime Time

Overall, I have good news. I am feeling pretty good and my creatinine is stable (last reading was 1.8 – last week). I haven’t heard anything new on BK Virus – not even sure if they tested last week, so I might have to wait until the next blood test.   However, and this is … Continue reading

9-18-12/No More IVIG For Me!

I had my second IVIG treatment this past Thursday. Yale gave me 1/2 the dose, benadryl, tylenol, and cortisone. I was supposed to get the second 1/2 of the dose the following day. Of course, Friday I woke up with a fever and chills – again! I thought, “here we go again!” Luckily the fever … 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

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

7-8-12/Lyrics

So here I am at 3AM – uncomfortable and unable to sleep.   The downside to sleeping as much as possible to try to escape the pain/depression/anxiety, is that it can catch up to you. Fast forward to tonight. Can’t sleep. Restless, tossing, turning, and doing something I love, listening to music.   I haven’t … Continue reading