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Transplant Day 10, Prograf

The Transplant Nurse called yesterday with my Prograf level: 6.6. It was 3 when I was discharged last Thursday, so it came up nicely. Dr. Maloo does want it in the 8-10 range for the first 3 months, so I will change my dose to 4mg in am and 3mg in pm (had been 3 and 3). So far, no side effects.

I also called and cancelled my appointment for my fistula stenting for tomorrow. Prior to yesterday’s visit, I was adamant that I would not let the doctors “tie it off”, but after talking to Dr. Maloo, and having the explanation of it being a “high flow fistula”, and potentially causing heart problems down the road, I’m a lot more open to having it tied off in the future. I’m sure my right arm is out for a fistula if I need one in the distant future, but there’s always my legs (my mom had grafts in both legs when she was on dialysis).

One of the nurses in clinic yesterday was telling me of an 80 year old man that had a kidney transplant that lasted 27 years, and for a good number of years, had not taken ANY immunosuppressants! Of course, he’s on dialysis now. If I could get 27 years out of this one, I’ll be thrilled. I’d be in my early 70’s at that point.

My bp is creeping upwards. Last Friday, it was 132/64; today it is 138/78. Something to watch, but not really worry about. I will probably have to start on BP meds again, but what’s one more pill? Besides, if they put me on an ACE Inhibitor, they protect the kidneys, so that won’t be all that bad (e.g. Lisinopril). Up until about 3 months ago, I had been on BP meds for almost 20 years.

Yesterday, for the first time, my output (2900 cc) exceeded my input (2740 cc).

I think I might have had some damage to my shoulder in the OR. Every morning when I wake up, my right shoulder has a significant ache. This is the arm that I had the arterial line in my armpit; did they have my right arm extended out for too long? Rotator cuff injury? I’m not planning on making a big issue of it, but hopefully it will resolve.

Yesterday morning (actually, in the middle of the night), I stumbled into the bathroom, and as I was standing in front of the toilet, I heard a noise, and then saw the shower curtain move. Digger, our GoldenDoodle, was sleeping in the bathtub again, stepped out of the tub, and went into his crate to finish off the night!

Cross posted at WordPress.

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