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Transplant Day 15

The main issues since yesterday’s post are arm pain and nausea/vomiting, but from a kidney-standpoint, everything is great.

Today’s vitals: BP 132/68, Temp 97.7, Wt 214, and yesterday’s ins 2960, and outs were 3375.  BP yesterday was 138/78, and wt was 4 lbs higher.

The reason for the changes probably have to do with my stomach. I vomited 3 times yesterday, and hardly ate much at all. Remembering back to my last appointment, the doctor had stopped my Pepcid, because he prefers to use Prilosec (they are from 2 different classes of drugs; Pepcid is an H2 antagonist and Prilosec is a PPI). He said that if I had stomach problems, he would Rx Prilosec. So, last night I picked up some over the counter Prilosec, and away went my stomach problems! I’ve actually had nausea for the past few days, and not coincidentally, it started 2 days after stopping the Pepcid. So I obviously need something. I’ll get a prescription at my appointment tomorrow.

As for the lower BP; not sure if that is from losing weight or the Magnesium kicking in.

My arm continues to hurt, but mainly when I wake up; it wasn’t too bad during the day. Tylenol #3 helps, so I do take that at night.

We had family over for a cookout yesterday. It was a little chilly, but the rain held off until it was over. Our dogs had a blast; especially Digger. Kevin was playing catch with my sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s son, and Digger thought they were playing with him. If one of them didn’t catch the ball, Digger was right there to scoop it up, and proudly ran around the yard with it in his mouth! Chester, despite his arthritis and rotundness, would bark when the ball was thrown, and make a half-hearted attempt to chase it.

Before we got Chester, he lived at the home I work at on weekends (I do private homecare on the side). It’s not unusual for there to be several Amish buggies go by on a Sunday. Chester would run parallel to the buggy as it went down the road, and barked at it the whole way. I’m surprised that the horses were never spooked!

Tomorrow, I have labs at 12:30, so I have to postpone my evening Prograf dose to 12:30 am, so that it is taken 12 hours prior to blood work. After that, I have an appointment with the Transplant Nurse and Surgeon, and then on to the Transplant Nephrologist.


  1. kandylini
    May 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Your dogs are all beautiful, but Chester is my favorite.

    I hope your appt. tomorrow goes well!

  2. May 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks. Chester is even better in person. Very mellow dog, loves for you to pet him. We got him 1-1/2 years ago. His former family was going to get rid of him (I mean that in the literal sense), so I offered to take him. Of course, my wife readily agreed, so I brought him home from work that day.

    He’s very protective of me. When I’m at the computer, he doesn’t let anyone near me, including my wife. He goes go after their feet if they step foot in the computer room! He’s not aggressive; it’s just his instinct.

    We’re lucky with our dogs; all 3 of them are very friendly; I never have any reservations about visitors, including children.

  3. May 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Hi there. Thanks for your supportive comment on my blog. I do think that you are so brave and I hope that everything goes better than expected. I will send positive thoughts your way as you have your appointment tomorrow. With your positive attitude you should do great. All the best, Veronica

  4. May 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Your welcome. Best of luck in your recovery.


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