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Transplant Day 37

I managed to get a little more fluid in yesterday. My weight is down another pound (which is good; my “dry weight” from dialysis was 92.7 kg, so I’m almost down to my pre-op weight). BP is still good, and no fevers yet.

I have my next lab work on Wednesday, as well as appointments with the Surgeon and Nephrologist. 

Last night, I had significant back pain around my waist. I was thinking it might be another cyst rupture, but it resolved within a minute or 2, and hasn’t happened since.  People probably think that since I had a transplant, I shouldn’t have any more issues with my Polycystic Kidney Disease. But I still have both kidneys, so it can happen.

One of the issues faced by patients on immunosuppressants is that of interactions with other meds, herbs and supplements, and even food (the main culprit: grapefruit).  I was surfing around this weekend, and found what seems to be an excellent resource for both transplant patients and non-transplant patients. It’s the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Index by the University of Maryland Medical Center.

I just received access to my employer’s intranet via a VPN (I have some work that I need to do from home). It’s amazing how it works. Being that I can have medical access, the security is extremely stringent. I won’t go into specifics, but I have a username, password, I had to set up a pin, and I also have to use a multi-digit number that changes every minute. I was given an electronic device that provides that number, and it amazes me that it isn’t connected to a network, yet changes by the minute.

We’ve had some stress lately in our house. Jackie has worked as a non-contract Alternative Education teacher for the past 3 school years. She was told by the Superintendent about 2 weeks before school ended that her Middle School position was being combined with the High School position, and that she would need to reapply if she was interested in it (she has glowing letters of recommendation from her supervisors). Rumor has it that the job has already been promised to a phys-ed teacher (who used to play on this district’s football team).  This teacher, who I have known since he was a child, has been out of state teaching for the past several years, has absolutely no Alternative Education experience, and his training did not include classroom teaching as far as I know. I hope it’s not true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is.

  1. kandylini
    June 9, 2008 at 11:34 am

    “I hope it’s not true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is.”

    I hope not, but OTOH this may be a chance for Jackie to find something better. Keeping my fingers crossed for her!

  2. June 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    You’re right.

    There are other factors I can’t go into here, and it’s difficult knowing that she is losing her job AGAIN due to political appointees, if the rumor is true.

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