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Today’s Labs

Yesterday: creatinine was 4.8, and my GFR (% of kidney function) was 14. Today, it’s 3.4 and 21! Also, my BUN today is 39, which is good.

I’ll be going home tomorrow. The docs were in and are very pleased.

Now that the catheter is out, and the iv fluids stopped, I’m able to get around more easily. I did get nauseated at breakfast (med related), causing me to retch, and that was very painful at the surgery site, but I took some Percocet, and that helped.

They did leave in the central line in my neck, because I have such crappy veins, so if I need an IV, I’ll have one in. But I don’t anticipate needing anything more IV, although they can still use it to draw blood from.

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  1. pstarr999
    May 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I take it that the lower the creatinine and the higher the GFR, the better. Is there a normal range for transplant recipients?

  2. May 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Yes, you want lower creatinine and higher GFR. They are a little more lenient with transplant patients. I’m not sure which GFR they shoot for, but I’ve seen patients with a creatinine of 1.6 and 1.8 and are stable (norm is 0.5-1.5, but you have to keep in mind that a tx recipient has 1 fully functioning kidney, and some of the meds put a strain on the kidney).

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